What did Mary go through? - the Seven Sorrows

We all have crosses to carry. What would you have done and felt if you had been Mary?

These are the Devotion of the 7 Sorrows:

**1. The Prophecy of Simeon **

Luke 2:34-35: “And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother:
Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.”

**2. The Flight into Egypt **

Matt: 2:13-14: “And after they (the wise men) were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise and take the child and His mother and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy Him. Who arose and took the child and His mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and He was there until the death of Herod.”

**3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple **

Luke 2:43-45: “And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day’s journey, and sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him.”
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4. The Meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross **

Luke 23: 27: “And there followed Him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented Him.”

**5. The Crucifixion **

John 19: 25-27: “They crucified Him. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother. When Jesus therefore had seen His Mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, He said to His Mother: Woman: behold thy son. After that he said to the disciple: Behold thy Mother.”

**6. The Taking Down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross **

Mark 15: 43-46: “Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counselor, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And Joseph buying fine linen, and taking Him down, wrapped Him up in the fine linen.”

**7. The Burial of Jesus **

John 19: 4l-42: “Now there was in the place where He was crucified, a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein no man yet had been laid. There, therefore, because of the Pasch eve of the Jews, they laid Jesus, because the sepulcher was nigh at hand.”

sources from:
catholictradition.org/Mary/7sorrows.htm
st-tel.net/~sacredheart/front_page_000055.htm

Was Mary whipped within an inch of her last agonizing breath and then made to carry a cross with two criminals through a crowd of spitting insult hurling savages to be thrown down upon it and nailed to it by sadistic Roman soldiers? Was she left to hang there in unspeakable pain and misery with the sins of the world draped upon her until she just couldn’t live on? I think we had better pay more attention to who died for us and who gives us salvation by grace through faith. Mary experienced a horrible atrocity but our Lord lived it out with his great love for us.

Surely, we know Jesus’ love for us.
Have you ever felt a bit of pain that Jesus had? If you do, then what do you think of Mary?

Mary’s pain does not take away our focus on Jesus as Our Lord Savior and His Love for us! Catholics know well about it.

This thread is to ask you think about what His Mother felt like…and what you think she might felt like.

Even a stranger felt some pain when seeing Jesus going through the torture.

Do you not? I am sure we all do, but do we feel the same pain as Jesus did? probably not – our sinfulness will blind us.

Mother Mary - full of grace - that will tell us a lot.

i think one thing you need to remember SIA is that Mary was there with Jesus from the beginning to the end.

yes, Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, but God put Jesus in Mary’s care from his birth, throughout his childhood, adolescence, adulthood (the wedding at cana) and she was there with him the final day. Mary loved her Son. she saw her Son perform miracles and heal people and heard his parables. then to see the suffering he went through the final hours of his life would have been unbearable for a mother. but Mary was strong from the very beginning. "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you."
Mary played a very important part througout the life of Jesus and after his Resurrection. Jesus made sure that she was left in good hands even while he was on the cross. He wanted to make sure that she would be cared for. He was a loving Son worried about his Mother even in his suffering.

by meditating on the 7 sorrows of Mary, in no way diminishes what Jesus means to us.

If we love Jesus, we better love His Mother too!

When one says the Bible didn’t say much about Mary…but if he pray s and opens his heart while reading the Bible, he will know a lot about Mary.

EDIT…above quote was edited to this below quote:

Mary’s pain does not take away our focus on Jesus as Our Lord Savior and His Love for us! Catholics know well about it.

This thread is to ask you think about what His Mother felt like…and what you think she might felt like.

Even a stranger felt some pain when seeing Jesus going through the torture.

Do you not? I am sure we all do, but do we feel the same pain as Jesus did? probably not – our sinfulness will blind us.

Mother Mary - full of grace - that will tell us a lot.

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Thanks for this thread water!!! (Though…I am not a mother!)

The month of September got me more into the mindset of what Mary went through. Since, in the fullness of faith, we recognize what all of the faithful go through and/or have gone through in relation to Christ, this is especially apparent with Mary!

There is nothing wrong with seeing the suffering of Christ through the eyes of Mary. We can look at His suffering through our eyes, but how much more does His suffering mean when we see how intimately He and Mary were fused. He was of her flesh and she was there from the foot of the cradle to the foot of the cross.

Of any Christian…though not an actual martyr…she suffered more than any martyr seven times seventy!

We are to look to Christians of the past for hope and inspiration and there is NONE better than the Mother of Jesus Christ…the FIRST Christian!

Again, we sympathize with Mary because she was the only Christian who TRULY felt the pain which Jesus suffered.

I ask…what is so wrong about that? (And in the least condescending manner I can ask it!)

Hi tGette,

Thanks for your response with more thought. (I fixed my reply a bit – tried not to offend anyone by my words.) BTW, Oct 4 is The Feast day of St. Francis. He had great devotion and love for Mother Mary. :slight_smile:

I would rather contemplate on the sorrows of Jesus, through and with the sorrows of Mary, rather than dwindle on what I would done and felt in Mary’s place.

That is why the traditional way the Stations of the Cross is done is with the Seven Sorrows mingled in…I believe as the sung portion! Not very eloquently said, but you get my point!

That’s wonderful! but my intention was just to mention about Her Sorrows … because some people, even Catholic, may not think much about them.

I get your point, and I thank you for it. I didn’t know that about the Stations of the Cross. :slight_smile:

Sorry, its about Jesus, not Mary. I think its quite obvious what a mother would feel like watching her son being put through horrible actions, that to me is a given. The main focus is that Jesus did it for you and for me so that we may be saved.

Jesus is our God, Mary is not. Case and point.

I understand you don’t love your own biological mother either since she isn’t God. Case and point. :wink:

No she didn’t, but she had to WATCH her only Son get tortured and murdered. It is the same as dying, but not the same death as our Savior. If you are a parent, could you see your only child being killed and tortured right in front of you? Would it be as if you were dying also? Even knowing there is nothing you can do about it but stand around and watch?

And without Mary, or the Blessed Mother as I like to call her, after all, she did say “All nations will call me Bless-ed”.
Without Mary, there would be no Jesus, hence no saving of our sins. So, before you go and treat Jesus’s mother as if she’s the girl next door, be careful ,in that she carried our Savior for nine months in her womb, bore Him with no complaints, and taught Him, was his mother, and played a significant role in the birth of our Lord. What would of happened if Mary the Blessed Virgin simply said to the Archangel Gabriel, no?

The most painful experience of any mother is to watch her child die. I think you had better realize that Mary is the mother of the One who had died for us. I find it hard to believe that anyone so indifferent and offensive to our Lord’s mother as you are can be in God’s grace. :nope:

Also, remember that Jesus GAVE US HIS MOTHER TO THE WORLD when he said “Behold your mother”.

Did somebody open the case about Mary being God? Could you read clearly the topic again?

Thanks!

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