Greeting in Jesus and Mary...
Blessed Feast day of the Exaltation of the Cross! There is a beautiful talk taken from Sensus Fidelium with a link below for all to listen to. This was posted 2016 but it seems that it was given a few years even earlier because the priest talks about Pope Benedict and Pope Francis was Pope since 2013...but this is pertinent info regarding the cross and its history of finding the true relic and its relationship to the Mass.
Here are some words from one of the articles written on this website under "Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary" for the Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows. I hope you will navigate toward these articles to understand a little bit more of Our Lady's Sorrows...most info is paraphrased from the book, "The Foot of the Cross" by Father Frederick Faber.
Most of us do not know what crosses we will meet today; sometimes we cannot guess. But we know that if we meet Jesus we will meet a cross. Some men meet Him and turn away. Some see Him far off, and turn down another road. Some come close up, and leap out of the way as if He were going to harm them. Some pass by and pretend they do not know Him. During these past centuries, He has had very few honest greetings. Some follow Him and in sullenness of servile obedience, they drag their cross. Few kneel down and take the cross off His back and shoulder it with love and walk by His side, singing psalms with Him, saying, stay with us, because it is toward evening and the day is now far spent. We can only carry our crosses one way…heavenward. They keep our faces in that direction. As Father Faber says, “They push us uphill like the needle on the compass always pointing up.”
Jesus and Mary are going one way…the road to Heaven. Yet, the road that they were traveling led to Calvary. No one’s face is toward Heaven when it is not toward Calvary. At the next turn of the road in life…there is usually a sorrow. How are we to look at that sorrow? Will we unite it to the cross of Christ or will we drag it….or worse…reject it. Let us do now what Mary did then…look at Him who is on the road before us, and see how the beauty of the Sacred Heart is the burning furnace of Eternal Love drawing us ever closer to Him until we are finally Home!
Blessed be the Holy Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!