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Mary Vitamin – Stations of the Cross with Mary IV

By March 11, 2008March 12th, 2008Helen Dilworth, Mary Vitamin

Ave Maria!

Topic: Fourth Station ” Jesus Meets His Mother

??She is going up to Calvary, in brave tranquility, to help to slay the Babe of Bethlehem.??
Father Faber, At the Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978), 211.

??The fourth dolor contains within itself the whole science and mystery of cross-bearing. This is the wisdom we learn from the picture while we gaze on Mary in the streets of the cruel Jerusalem. The eye of her soul sees the fair-haired Boy in the temple, whom she sought more than twenty years ago, while her bodily eye is fixed on the pale and bleeding and earth-stained Man, going with sound of trumpet and the chorus of earth’s curses to His doom. And shall we, who gave Him that heavy cross to bear, and kept weighting it after we had given it, if our cruelty were not satisfied, refuse to bear the sweet grace giving crosses which He binds on us, so little too as, when we have borne them for a while, we are forced to confess they are? Oh, no! let us do now as Mary did them “look at Him who is on the road before us, and see how the beauty of the Sacred Heart sits with meek majesty and attractive love on the woe-worn disfigured Countenance.??
Father Faber, At the Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978 , 239.

Is my suffering any greater than Mary’s who helped “to slay the Babe of Bethlehem??? I will try to be grateful for the small crosses which come my way.

Marian vow:
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
??You must constantly carry the cross which He lays on you, be it interior or exterior.??
The Thoughts and Saying of Saint Margaret Mary, (Tan Books: 1986), 81.

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thanks be to God for graces received.


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