J.M.J. On Sunday, September 13, 2009, Pope Benedict gave this reflection before reciting the Angelus with the Faithful who had gathered in the Courtyard of the Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo:
"The Virgin Mary, who believed in the word of the Lord, did not lose her faith in God when she saw her Son rejected, abused and crucified. Rather she remained beside Jesus, suffering and praying, until the end. And she saw the radiant dawn of His Resurrection. Let us learn from her to witness to our faith with a life of humble service, ready to pay personally the price of staying faithful to the Gospel of love and truth, certain that nothing we do will be lost."
Our Blessed Lady is the perennial "good example" from whom we draw much inspiration to go forward in faith even--and especially--when all seems hopeless.
O Sorrowful Mother, pray for us!