Sorrowful Mother, Be Ever Near to Us

(Thank you to our own Patrick who sent the following material. It is fitting to share this devotion as we honor Our Lord of Sorrows on her feast tomorrow, September 15th. May she ever be close to us as this Storm intensifies. May she teach us how to endure our sufferings, but even more, teach us to continue loving those around us who, even now, need our steady sherpa ways. And may she grant us grace upon grace upon grace from her Son.) 

 

Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori writes: “Jesus Christ Himself revealed to Blessed Veronica of Binasco that He is more pleased in seeing His Mother compassionated than Himself. He said to her: “My daughter, tears shed for My Passion are dear to Me; but as I loved My Mother Mary with an immense love, the meditation on the torments which She endured at My death is even more agreeable to Me.” Wherefore the graces promised by Jesus to those who are devoted to the dolors of Mary are very great.”

Our Lady lamented to St. Bridget that very few consoled Her by meditating on Her Sorrows, and that the greater part of the world lived in forgetfulness of them: “I look around at all who are on earth, to see if by chance there are any who pity Me, and meditate upon My Sorrows; and I find that there are very few. Therefore, My daughter, though I am forgotten by many, at least do you not forget Me; consider My anguish, and imitate, as far as you can, My grief.”

– St. Alphonsus de Liguori from The Glories of Mary, 

from:  www.fatima.org/essentials/requests/devotion_of_seven_sorrows.pdf

 

The Promises

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven signal graces to the souls who honor her daily by meditating on her tears and sorrows.

  1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
  2. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”
  3. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
  4. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
  5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
  6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death. They will see the face of their Mother.”
  7. “I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.”

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Introductory Prayer

  1. O God, come to my assistance.
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
    V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
    R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Eternal Father, I offer you this prayer for your glory, so that I may honor your Most Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and share and meditate upon her suffering. I humbly beg you to give me true repentance for all my sins.  Give me wisdom and humility so that I may receive all the indulgences contained in this prayer.

The First Sorrow: The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)

Mary and Joseph obediently presented Jesus to the Lord. Simeon said, “This child is destined for the fall and rise of many,” and to Mary, “A sword will pierce through your own soul.”

Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

The Second Sorrow: The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-21)

King Herod orders the death of all male children age two or younger. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt with the infant Jesus.

Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

The Third Sorrow: The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2: 41-50)

As Mary and Joseph were returning home from the feast of Passover, the boy Jesus remained behind. After searching in agony for three days, they found him in the temple. Mary pondered these things in her heart.

Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

The Fourth Sorrow: Mary meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary. (Luke 23: 27-29)

Jesus was led away, carrying the heavy cross upon his wounded shoulders. Weak and exhausted, he fell three times. Along the way, Jesus met his mother, causing great anguish in the hearts of mother and Son.

Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

The Fifth Sorrow: Jesus Dies on the Cross. (John 19: 25-30)

Mary stood beneath the cross of her dying Son, unable to minister to him in his suffering. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last.

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had passed.

Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

The Sixth Sorrow: The Pieta. (John 19:32-37)

After Jesus died on the cross, his heart was pierced with a lance. His lifeless body was taken down from the cross and placed in his grieving Mother’s arms.

Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

The Seventh Sorrow: Jesus is placed in the Tomb. (Luke 23: 50-56)

The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb. Mary arranges the body of her beloved Son with her own hands.

Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

Pray for us, O Virgin Most Sorrowful,

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Let intercession be made for us, we beseech you, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the hour of our death, before the throne of your mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of your bitter Passion.  Through you, O Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.

 

Excerpts from Book 11 “The Sermon of the Angel” from The Prophecies and Revelations of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Chapter 18:

“You shall seek me and shall not find me.” These words of Christ were the sharp point of the sword of sorrow, entering Mary’s heart. That sword pierced deeper at the betrayal of Judas, and at the arrest of Christ, when he willed to be taken by the enemies of justice and truth. Deeper still at each insult offered to Christ, with each suffering inflicted on him. The sorrow of her heart overflowed into all the members of her body. She saw how cruelly Christ was struck, and more cruelly beaten and scourged. She heard the sentence of death passed by the Jews. She heard the cries of the people – Crucify him, away with him.
She saw him led out, bound as a criminal, to a traitor’s death. She saw him struggling to carry his Cross, dragged forward and whipped as he stumbled, led like some wild beast rather than a lamb to the slaughter. As Isaias had foretold, he went meekly to his death; like the lamb that is led to the slaughter house, like the sheep that is dumb before its shearers.

Christ was patient in his sufferings. Mary endured patiently the sorrow of his sufferings. She followed him, even to the place of death. She saw the wounds of his scourging, the crown of thorns, his cheeks disfigured with blows, his face covered with blood, and she wept in sorrow.

She saw him stretched on the Cross, and heard the blows of the hammer as the nails pierced his hands and feet. So great was her suffering and sorrow that her strength almost failed her as she stood by and watched. She saw the vinegar and gall offered for his lips to taste. and her own lips could not move in prayer. She heard his cry – My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?, and saw his head fall forward and his body become rigid as he breathed forth his spirit. She stood and saw how he died. Then truly was her heart quite pierced by the sword of sorrow. It was the strength God gave that alone saved her from dying in such sorrow. To see her Son, stripped and bleeding, dying, pierced by a lance, mocked by those who stood by, jeered at by soldiers, deserted by all but a few of his chosen ones, abandoned by so many whom he had won to justice and truth, to see this most bitter death – could there be sorrow so deep as her?

We read that once, when the Ark of God fell into the hands of enemies, the wife of one of God’s priests died for sorrow. How much greater was the sorrow of Mary, for she saw the body of her Son, which the Ark prefigured, nailed to the wood of the Cross. Her love for her Son was love for the Son of God, greater than the loves of all men. If the loss of the Ark could cause sorrow and death, the death of Christ would have brought Mary to death but for God’s gift to support so grievous a sorrow. By his death, Christ opened the gateway to heaven, and won for his own their entry into joy. Mary looked up from the depths of her sorrow, as one coming back from the gates of death.

Her faith never faltered that Christ would rise again, and in this faith she could comfort many whose faith had failed. They took him down from the Cross, and wrapped him in fine linen with spices, and laid him in the tomb. Then all left. Few still had faith that he would rise. Little by little, the sorrows of Mary’s heart lightened, and she felt the first sweetness of consolation. The sufferings of her Son were at an end. She knew that on the third day he would rise, would rise with his humanity united again to his Divinity, would rise to everlasting honor and glory, to suffer, to die no more.

About Beckita

Beckita, widow, mother and grandmother, lives in Missoula, Montana. After more than thirty years of service, she retired from two careers: elementary school educator and director of liturgical music ministry in a local parish. Serving the Catholic Church in many capacities since early childhood, she now provides care for a nearly 90 year old priest of Chinese origin and collaborates with him in evangelizing the Chinese people. For more than twenty-five years, she has welcomed words from heaven concerning these sobering times in which we live and, like so many, takes seriously Our Lord and Our Lady’s call to intercede for the return of souls to God. Responding to heaven’s call for prayer, for her, included making pilgrimages to shrines in Europe, Asia and South America. She says these travels, added to her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa in the mid-seventies, have expanded her heart to hold dear all peoples of the world. She is a longtime member of TNRS community and when she began reading Charlie’s posts, immediately, she found that his mission and message harmonize well with Church approved private revelation of our times. In September 2015, she accepted an invitation to become part of TNRS Answers Team. As events of the Storm evolved, last fall (2016), she accepted Charlie’s invitation to become managing editor of TNRS should he need to leave the site. With great gratitude to and for Charlie, founder of TNRS, and with great respect and admiration for the lifelong experiences and God-given gifts he brought to bear on his work at this site - she knows we all know he’s irreplaceable – still, she considers it a great privilege to serve the TNRS community.
This entry was posted in Prayer. Bookmark the permalink.

120 Responses to Sorrowful Mother, Be Ever Near to Us

  1. sheralyn80 says:

    Thank you Beckita, you are such a blessing!
    I’ve listened to a CD by Kimberly Hahn, “Drawing Strength from a Our Lady of Sorrows,” its put out by Lighthouse. I highly recommend it.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Thankyou Bekita and Patrick , it’s beautiful.
    Christus Vinci

    Liked by 6 people

  3. BD says:

    That was beautiful Beckita. A source of strength for us all as we traverse the “Storm”. I especially appreciate this post today as I am reminded that Our Lady is our source of strength and comfort as we personally traverse both the Greater Storm as well as the personal storms each of us endure in this life. Last week was a very difficult week for us having to endure hurricane Irma and also the passing of my Father just days before this wicked storm swept through Florida. The dolors of Mary is the perfect contemplation in times such as this. Thank you again and God Bless…

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Mick says:

    Thank you for the information on this beautiful devotion, Patrick.

    Here’s a question for you: In other versions that I’ve seen of the Sorrowful Mother devotion, there are seven Hail Marys said after the meditation on each sorrow. Here, I notice only one. Is this kind of like the “flying novena” of Memorares that Mother Teresa and her nuns used to say when they were pressed for time? I’d be cool with that… I’d be much more likely to take this up as a regular devotion if it’s shorter rather than longer (just being honest). 🙂

    Liked by 5 people

    • Beckita says:

      There are so many variations to this devotion, Mick. What you describe is known as “The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.” A link to one version is here.

      Father and I speak our own meditations, in real time, when we recall the Seven Sorrows and then pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be after announcing each Sorrow and offering an accompanying meditation.

      Joe Crozier meets weekly in his parish in New Zealand with a group that prays the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows before a statue of Our Lady of Akita. Joe commissioned a world renown artist to carve a statue for every continent. Each one, created from some of the most beautiful wood found in NZ, is actually a replica of the statue of the Lady of All Nations which wept 101 times at the convent in AKita, Japan, where Sr. Agnes Sasagawa recevied, for us, the messages of Our Lady of Akita. Joe asked Charlie to receive the statue for America. For now, I am the guardian of this beautiful statue as we honor Our Lady under this title here. I will ensure that the statue will arrive at the Shrine of Thanksgiving one day.

      Our Lady of Akita, Dear Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.

      Liked by 10 people

      • Thank you, Beckita, for mentioning that Our Lady of Akita is our Mother of Sorrows.

        You are the guardian of something very, very special.

        Liked by 6 people

        • Beckita says:

          Amen, Patrick. Beckita and Akita spend time, each day, hanging out together, praying for so much and so many, including TNRS family and their families. God bless us, one and all.

          Liked by 7 people

        • Joe Crozier says:

          Hi Patrick
          Thank you for sharing your wonderful contemplations of devotion to the Seven Sorrows. Ours vary from week to week but as Becks says every Tuesday at 7pm we meet in the foyer of our church here in Morrinsville, New Zealand, beside the window engraved with images of the life of St Joseph in front of Our Lady of Akita and looking through an internal window to the tabernacle. Sometimes there are only two of us, mostly 3 or 4, but on Friday our new Missionary priest, Fr Fernando joined us making our number up to 7. How apt.

          We usually have a short meditation before each mystery and tend to simply focus on accompanying Mary in her travail. We stand beside her, as St Joseph did whenever possible, as she is told the shocking news by Simeon about her baby Son and herself on an occasion that should have been so happy. A sword would pierce her own heart as a lance would pierce His as he hung on a cross – the ultimate symbol of contradiction. God offered His Son for us and Mary offered her Son to God in The Presentation. Mary accepted God’s request for Motherhood of His Son and God accepted her offer more fully than she could have imagined. In her fiat she surely became our Co-Redemptrix.

          In the second mystery we accompany Mary and Joseph as they up and leave hearth and home and friends and relatives all for the sake and safety of their infant God. They brave the hardships and dangers of a 400 mile journey to Egypt where they live in poverty for seven years according to private revelation. In this sacrificial deprivation Mary is truly embued with the role of Mediatrix for all her children.

          In the third mystery we accompany Joseph and Mary in the sorrowful search for their lost child. The human condition knows well the anxiety caused by loss of something precious whether it be a wallet or a passport or
          a treasured gift. How much moreso the loss of one’s child.

          In the fourth mystery – to me most poignant – we support our Blessed Mother as she comes face to face with her son. Both faces are disfigured almost beyond recognition by torture and distress but a mother always knows her son and a son his mother. We are told that blood blinded Jesus to the sight of his mother but this was wiped away by the Mediatrix of our Salvation that his thirst could be quenched in the loving cup of her gaze.

          And then he dies. Through the sights and sounds of his terrible struggles she stood ever closer to Him that he may never feel abandoned by her. She saw the writhing agony and heard the laboured breathing as his passion rose to its climax and into the Hands of His Father he commended his Spirit. And in her numbed senses she knew it had been accomplished. In this 5th decade we see why the 5th dogma is hers by divine right and ruling.

          We are told in private revelation that the lance went through to a space between his ribs on the other side. It would ruptured the sac around his Sacred Heart and poured forth blood and water. How traumatised our Mother was at the sight of this holy fountain – the last reserve of life poured forth. We are told that while his dead body received the wound her heart received the pain of this final desecration. Only through this desecration are we now blessed with the Consecration at every mass offered everywhere, every day.

          We see in the miraculous statue of Akita that shed not only tears but also blood and sweat, a confirmation of her triple role of Co-redemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix, the source of all grace, the created Holy Spirit as St Maximillian calls her, who in these present times alone can still save us from the calamities which approach. She is The Lady of All Nations, The Mother of All Peoples, Our Lady of Akita.

          When I used to attend classes in contemplation led by Fr Matthew McGettrick, Carmelite, he told us of the story of young girl who sat beside a whale that had been been beached. There was nothing else she could do but stay by its side. As it came closer to death her presence seemed to calm its struggles until it passed away peacefully. Just so we are asked to visit and sit with the Blessed Sacrament.

          And so we come to the seventh sorrow that all who have lost a loved one know so well. The final farewell to remains that no longer hold the one we knew but which are still precious to our memory and sacred to our surviving years.

          How our hearts ache as the earth hits the coffin and how her heart must have ached as the stone was rolled across the entrance to the tomb and fell into place. In our contemplations we walk with her through the life and death of her Son and we walk away with her from the tomb. There where her treasure was she left her Immaculate Heart so that even in death she accompanied Him in Our Salvation.

          Just as He descended to the dead we are told that Mary visits the souls in purgatory with St Michael to give them a little respite from their purgation. Just so she visited us with St Michael in Garabandal and will visit us again in the final triumph of her Immaculate Heart when in answer to the prayer of Jesus we will all be one with Him in the glory of God The Father in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, happy at home with God and Our Mother, the angels and the saints for ever and ever. In the words of Fr Andreu who was blessed just before he died with a preview of the Great Miracle of Garabandal “How fortunate we are to have such a wonderful mother in heaven.”

          Liked by 2 people

          • Joe Crozier says:

            Our Rosary begins with an Act of Contrition/Sorrow for our sins. Then one Our Father, Seven Hail Marys and One Glory Be plus the Fatima prayer for each of the Seven Mysteries, we complete the devotion with three more Hail Marys to honor the tears Mary has shed for us then the usual prayers said after a normal rosary : Hail Holy Queen etc finishing with the invocations St Joseph, Pray for us, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Pray for us. It takes the same time as a normal rosary.

            Liked by 3 people

          • Beckita says:

            These meditations are so verrrrrrry beautiful, Joe. It is heartening to consider the impact of even a few gathered before Our Lady of Akita, praying the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows. Only God knows the full effect of the prayers of each person and each group, praying and shining as so many lights, scattered all over the world, hearts and voices raised in gratitude and supplication for souls, souls for whom Our Lord gave His ALL while Our Mother shed copious tears for Him and for Her children. Blessed be God forever. Ave Maria eternally.

            Liked by 3 people

      • Mick says:

        Thanks, Beckita. And wow, what a beautiful statue!

        Liked by 5 people

      • Annie W. says:

        That is so awesome about Joe and the statues for each continent! Ever since I read about Akita years ago, I have believed in it (Our Lady of All Nations also!). I once heard one of the bishops who approved Akita speak at a conference, or maybe it was a priest connected to him. At any reate, there are so many words and signs from God in this age! God bless all of you.

        Liked by 4 people

      • singingjuls says:

        What a beautiful gift, Beckita. Love it that Joe did this. Our Lady of Akita, pray for us!

        Liked by 3 people

      • Beckita says:

        Here’s an update on pilgrimages to Our Lady of Akita: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201709160003.html

        Like

    • Great question, Mick, and I’m glad you asked it because I want to receive the full benefits of this devotion too. I believe that Mary’s 7 graces are granted to the souls who honor her daily by saying 7 Ave’s while meditating on her tears and sorrows. But I’m not entirely sure…there is some slight variation out there. But I haven’t seen it written we must pray 7 Ave’s for each of the seven Sorrows.

      I will say either seven Ave’s alone, or as an addition to the noon Angelus for a total of 10 Ave’s, or I will insert it in the Divine Mercy Chaplet instead of saying just one Ave. Easy!

      And on special occasions like today, though, I will break out my “Servite Rosary” and offer seven hail Mary’s for each of the seven sorrows for a total of 49. Bonus!

      I have the above pictures in my iPad and will scroll through them one by one to help my meditation. Hope this helps, Mick.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Beckita says:

        Thank you, Patrick. It was to St. Bridget of Sweden that Our Lady revealed the graces granted by her Son for all those who daily pray seven Aves while meditating on Our Lady’s seven sorrows. Further graces were revealed by Our Lord to St. Elizabeth of Hungary. This article discusses both sets of promises. The Rosary based prayers originated with the Servite Order. I had the blessing of being taught for nine years by Servite Sisters who were based in my childhood parish.

        Liked by 4 people

      • Ah yes, the Four Special graces are significant, too, so I will print them here:

        St. Alphonsus Liguori testifies to complementary revelations given by Our Lord to St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231) where He further promises four special graces to those dedicated to the sufferings of the co-redeeming Mother:

        1. That those who before death invoke the Blessed Mother in the name of her sorrows, should obtain true repentance of all their sins.

        2. That He would protect in their tribulations all who remember this devotion, and that He would protect them especially at the hour of death.

        3. That He would impress upon their minds the remembrance of His Passion, and that they should have their reward for it in Heaven.

        4. That He would commit such devout clients to the hands of Mary, so that she might obtain for these souls all the graces she wanted to lavish upon them.

        And since we are quickly approaching October 13th, I will add this:

        Our Lord instructed Sr. Lucia that the reason for the Fatima apparitions was precisely to place the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary along side devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In sorrow, in Redemption, in veneration, it is the will of God that the Two Hearts be honored together as one.

        Liked by 5 people

      • Mick says:

        Very helpful, Patrick; thanks! I think I’ll follow your example and get out my Servite Rosary and say the whole thing today, too. 🙂

        Liked by 4 people

    • singingjuls says:

      I agree with you Mick about being more likely to do the shorter. I too, have seen the one with the seven Hail Marys. I started it with good intentions a long time ago, and then stopped. I have always been the kind of person that starts out ‘gung ho’ and then get so overwhelmed by what I take on that I quit altogether. Still working on trying to find that balance.

      On another note, I decided to take a vacation from work because I was starting to feel burnt out, and what happens my last day of work? I get sick, haha. So, jokes on me. Been sick for the last three days but today the fever’s gone and I feel a little more like myself. Guess I wasn’t supposed to use all of my Staycation to work on the house and canning. Was also hoping for a little bit of fall weather. It feels more like July here in the land of 10,000 mosquitoes! I AM grateful that I have been able to do a little more reading and praying the last couple of days. I am also grateful that the Lord sends me what He sees that I need. Our plans are not always His plans. I know there are more storms to come, and what’s happening to me is nothing compared to what others are going through. May God bless us, everyone(I love little Tiny Tim), and may God’s will be done. TDL ~juls

      Liked by 6 people

  5. Thank You, Bekita, for posting this and to Patrick for submitting it. I have always had a love for the Seven Dolors and meditating on her sufferings have brought me thru much suffering as the mom of a child with Leukemia.I never pretended to equate our sufferings, as hers were so much greater, but only she could understand a Mother’s broken heart.For the record, 43 years later, my daughter is alive after 2 bouts of Leukemia 11 years apart, 6 years total of chemo, radiation to the brain, and a brain tumor caused by the treatments. Did not mean to go into this but it seems the Spirit has moved me. There may be people out there who are suffering thru the same thing and I pray it will give hope to parents and grandparents. She is now 48 and has a 12 year old son! Praise God.

    Liked by 13 people

  6. Anne says:

    My mother… Dolores…. Was born on 15 th September. So very special to me.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. sheralyn80 says:

    Thank you Patrick, this is very beautiful!

    Liked by 5 people

  8. pvaldez7 says:

    Hi Beckita,

    Thank you for this great post for Our Lady of Sorrows. Yes, we ask her to “Be Ever Near to Us”.

    I am Blessed to have her Feast on my B-Day today 🙂

    Paul in Katy

    Liked by 6 people

  9. erin483 says:

    Thank you for posting this. I just finished saying this chaplet and thought….i wonder if Charlie put anything new up. Then up comes your posting !!! Wow….we are all on the same page aren’t we!

    Liked by 4 people

  10. singingjuls says:

    Patrick, thank you for sharing this beautiful devotion with us.

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Beckita & Patrick, thanks so much. Prayed as I read it and have prayed prayers for all here. Had three friends make it safely through Irma, thanks be to God.
    And thank you all for your prayers!
    Speaking of the Sorrows, I found a small pamphlet in our adoration chapel on Our Lady of Tears of Syracuse, Italy. Have a little “stack of prayers” that I pray daily including Fatima, Undoer of Knots and All Nations and, of course, the one specifically to Our Lady of Guadalupe for all here. I do best in praying those short prayers rather than a long one. Short attention span, I suppose. 🤔
    Praying from every direction for the Church and for the conversion of the whole world. 🙏🏼
    And, yes, God bless us, every one. ✝
    katey in OR

    Liked by 4 people

    • Beckita says:

      Beautiful, katey. Short prayers from the heart have great power. How are you faring the fires in your area. Any relief?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Thank-you Beckita. My goodness, just received a weather alert from the weather channel that rain and snow are arriving from Alaska tomorrow and that the freezing levels may fall to as low as 6,000 ft! We pray this will take care of the fires and praying that folks don’t get caught in the mountain passes unprepared. Takes my breath away. Praying for your fires, also, as well as WA, ID, & northern CA.

        In light of the attack in London I prayed for them using the short prayer that came recently from ACN: “God our refuge and strength close at hand in our distress, meet us in our sorrow and lift our eyes to the peace and light of your constant care.” Praying, praying for the conversion of our enemies.

        Praying for all here. 🙏🏼
        God bless, katey in OR ✝

        Liked by 5 people

    • A little stack of prayers….I love that, Katey!

      Liked by 4 people

  12. CrewDog says:

    Thanks Patrick 😉
    It’s good to ponder this as we look upon Earth 2017…. but don’t get so caught up in sorrows that you forget The Joys to come!!
    Blood & Tears has always been the “Story” of Human existence and really a mystery though Church scholars has spent endless hours of discourse and barrels of ink trying to explain it all. The Old/New Testament is full of Blood Sacrifice … at the altar, Passover, wars, The Cross and the Martyrs ……. Nothing New Under The Sun ….. Get Ready with Prayer, Preparation and a Positive/Hopeful Message to pass along to others along The Way to come. 😉

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

    PS: Since long ago I’ve wondered why the death of St Joseph was not on the “Sorrow List”?
    I don’t really believe that The Church knew how to deal with him? I’ve always thought that Joseph has been given a bit of “The Bum’s Rush” as celibate Church Doctors didn’t quite know how to deal with a beautiful Virgin Mary and Ol’ St Joe. Sounds a bit silly now but years ago around Christmas time a remember a Priest discussing this & why the early depictions of Joseph portrayed him as an old man (with low testosterone 😉

    Like

  13. Anne says:

    At Mass this morning priest spoke well about the need to forgive. He said it must be done… There is no choice. Spoke about unforgiveness builds up in us spiritually… Physically, emotionally etc and affects us adversely. How unforgiveness grips us… Tightens us.
    How essential is to forgive and he reminded us again before leaving. He has a masters in psychology. Everything he said made sense
    . However… Not a mention of the power of confession… Grace of the sacrament… How necessary it is. Not a mention!!
    Talk about confusing. While he was talking I realized how confession should be a part of healing Services. If we want deep healing. But just no mention.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Anne says:

    I must add that I can go to several churches in this area and never wait for confession. It made me feel sad because we just don’t seem to know the power and gift it is. It is only by Gods grace I have been made aware. Jesus has done everything for us but we do not understand. Lord have Mercy on us all.
    . How we have made everything so complicated when it should be so simple. Mary Undoer of knots pray for us.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Joe Crozier says:

      We have one half hour a week for confession on a Friday during working hours and otherwise by appointment. In the diocese it is usually heard after a mass. That to me is like washing your hands after a meal. We have no confession even in our cathedral on a Saturday.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Beckita says:

        Well said, Joe: That to me is like washing your hands after a meal.

        Liked by 2 people

      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Joe I like your analogy. My Parish has over 8000 families, > 30,000 members, and our confessions are heard for one hour before the Saturday Vigil Mass. We only have one daily Mass at 7:30am. When I lived in Chicago, my Parish had daily confessions, and Mass times before, during and after work hours. I have sought out two neighboring Parishes, one with daily confessions (after morning Mass) and my former suburban Parish that has Sunday evening confessions at 7pm before the 8pm Mass, that continues on throughout the Mass when need be. 😦

        Liked by 2 people

        • Joe Crozier says:

          We have two priests for now but only one mass per week during the week and no mass this week because both priests are on retreat. That’s my whinge for today.

          Liked by 2 people

  15. Joe Crozier says:

    Sorry to go a bit off topic but I thought readers may like to be kept up to scratch with the latest on Garabandal. Recently some doubt was cast on the revelation that the time of Tribulation would take off after the Pope returned to the Vatican from a trip to Moscow. I and others had been asking Glenn about the reliability of evidence for this that was supposedly contained in Albrecht Weber’s book “The Finger of God.” No such words were found in his book. Albrecht was a friend of Conchita’s and was accorded the rare access to interview her in her own home. He is also one of the very few non natives to be buried in the little cemetery of Garabandal. Conchita’s great friend and protecter, Glenn, was pursuing all this this last week when, out of the blue, three confirmations came directly to him from across the world within one day. As Glenn says it was like Mary had been listening in to his conversations. There was even new information in these confirmations that on the Pope’s return from his trip to Moscow there will be a Revolution at the Vatican and Northern Spain, France and Italy will suffer at the hands of Communism. After this the signs of Tribulation will become more clear. This information was given directly to Conchita from Our Lady. Mary had already told Conchita on the death Of Pope John XXIII that there would be only four more popes until the end of these times. Pope Francis then is the first Pope of the new times and his papacy will encompass The Warning and The Great Miracle of Garabandal. The times they are a changing. Just to remind you; we know the Warning will take place when Tribulation is at its worst, in an even year, and following the Warning in April of the same calendar year The Miracle will take place on a Thursday at 8.30 pm Spanish time between the 8th and the 16th of that month. It could all happen as soon as next year. Watch out for the Pope going to Moscow but meantime prepare spritually first and foremost but also materially if you can. From what we can calculate, the maximum time between The Warning and The Miracle will be about 14 weeks so I have a prudent reserve of about 3 months supply of water and food in a corner of my garage. If not needed it will go to the St Vincent de Paul. I hope this helps my friends on TNRS. Please remember I am not saying that Charlie’s prophesy of Rescue by the Immaculate Heart this year will not happen but that I am only fully convinced by Garabandal. In God we trust and in His Blessed Mother.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Beckita says:

      Ever praying, watching, waiting, and surrendering it all to God and His Plan.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Anne says:

      Thank you Joe. Clearer now.

      Liked by 3 people

    • anna819 says:

      Joe, I too am quite convinced of the authenticity of Garabandal and would be very disappointed if The Warning and The Great Miracle did not come to pass. The world so needs a miracle of this magnitude to correct the conscience of mankind. It certainly is reasonable and probable that The Warning and The Great Miracle could occur during the same year as I read this in an interview featured in Garabandal Magazine many years ago. This in no way seems to contradict Charlie’s prophesy of The Rescue by end of this year. Perhaps the confusion is that many believe that The Rescue and The Warning are one and the same. Obviously, this seems more and more not to be the case. To my knowledge Charlie has never described what the miraculous and visible Rescue by Our Lady will be like so we have no idea what is going to happen. I’m sure that Our Lady has something magnificent planned to usher in the path to rescue for humanity.

      Liked by 2 people

  16. Joe Crozier says:

    If the Warning does not happen in 2018 then we will have to wait until 2020, the next even year. So there is will be plenty time to eat your reserves. I will certainly be sick of beans snd spam after that!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Beckita says:

    Reposting Jen’s comment here for those who may not receive comments in their inbox. It is significant. I saw this a few days ago, too, Jen. Thanks for bringing it to us.

    “I just read a Breitbart news article about California AG, Xavier Becerra, who charged David Daleiden with 15 counts of felonies, is tied to the IT scandal. “California Attorney General and Former Congressman Xavier Becerra Implicated in Awan Brothers Scandal”

    http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/09/16/discovery-of-a-another-democrat-secret-server-puts-californias-ag-becerra-in-hot-seat/

    Liked by 3 people

  18. Eeklipps says:

    My oldest son was born via emergency c-section because he was in distress and they had noted plenty of meconium in the amniotic fluid when they punctured my sac. He was delivered at 11:59 pm on Sep. 15, spent a month in the NICU because he swallowed a lot of the meconium-stained fluid and had gotten it into his lungs.

    When my parents flew in from out of town a few days later, my mom told me that once they received the call from my husband that our son was born but may die because of how critically ill he was, she told me they immediately started praying and invoked the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. They also called their parish and requested prayers from the bishop. This bishop has been blessed with visions from the Virgin Mary also while he was in France. I will never forget when my mom let me listen to the voicemail from one of the nuns at their church had left on her phone – the bishop had instructed the nun to call my mom and to tell her that the Blessed Mother had reassured him that my son will be okay (bishop only speaks French).

    Being a so-so Catholic at the time, I kearned a few years later that his birthday was also the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows. He’s now 11 yrs old and is the most affectionate boy I’ve ever encountered. Also, my youngest son was born on the anniversary date of the apparitions in France with the same bishop.
    Thanks be to God for His goodness!

    Liked by 3 people

  19. joanne1950 says:

    Thank you for reminding me of this devotion as I read it this morning. It was timely because I have a devoted friend of the Rosary suffering much for her daughter and son in law in Australia. Her son in law @32 has been diagnosed with a particular virulent form of cancer in his head. This young couple have a son (4 years old), daughter (almost 2) and another almost born. Lots and lots to handle. I sent my friend the devotion this morning to strengthen her faith resolve, to shore her up. If you all could pray just one prayer for this family and its ability to whether this personal storm. For Ben & Stephanie in Australia and Deb and John in USA. Thanks

    Like

  20. Carmel says:

    Praying a PMT for this family, Joanne

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Doug says:

    Boy, our church is rich with devotions. One can go as deep as they want into the mysteries of God. Thanks Becks!

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s