That love was revealed in the cave at
and was tested already during the Presentation in the Temple.
It grew deeper as Mary stored and pondered in her heart all that was happening
(cf. Lk 2:51).
Now this intimate bond of love must be transformed into a union which
transcends the boundary between life and death.
And thus it will be across the span of the centuries:
people pause at Michelangelos statue of the Pietą, they kneel before the
image of the loving and sorrowful Mother (Smetna Dobrodziejka) in the
Church of the Franciscans in Kraków,
before the Mother of the Seven Sorrows, Patroness of Slovakia,
they venerate Our Lady of Sorrows in countless shrines in every part of the
And so they learn the difficult love which does not flee from suffering,
but surrenders trustingly to the tenderness of God, for whom nothing is
impossible (cf. Lk 1:37).
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordię;
vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus...
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte
et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exilium ostende.
Implore for us the grace of faith, hope and charity,
so that we, like you,
may stand without flinching beneath the Cross
until our last breath.
To your Son, Jesus, our Saviour,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory for ever and ever.
Our Father . . .
Let me mingle tears with you,
mourning him who mourned for me,
all the days that I may live.