Our Lady of Sorrows through the Eyes of Saint Robert Bellarmine: Sunday, September 2, 2018


This remarkable Jesuit Bishop and Doctor of the Church (+1621), whose Memorial is September 17th, wrote about Our Lady under this glorious title of hers (September 15th) in his De Septem Verbis Domini (c. 11):

Have no doubts about it, the Blessed Virgin suffered extremely when she beheld her Son hanging on the gibbet of the Cross. But she loved the honor and glory of God more than the human flesh of her Son. She stood there under the cross as the Valiant Woman who showed not the trace of impatience over the exquisite pains to which Christ was unjustly condemned. She did not fall to the earth, faint with grief, as some artists would have us believe; she did not tear her hair or scream or bewail as other women might, but bore her sorrow courageously, because she knew that the spectacle before her had been justly willed by God. As much as she loved the human form of Christ, she loved the honor of His Father and our Redemption more. Thus did she blend her own affections with those of Christ, who also preferred His Father’s glory and our salvation to the temporal safety and security of His human body.

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