Rosa Mystica: A Commonplace Book

Rosa Mystica: A Commonplace Book

Our Lady of Sorrows: Patron saint of 2020

A blessed feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to you. Rachel Bulman has an excellent reflection on Mary and how she walks alongside us in this annus horriblis of 2020:

Even those who seemingly “have it all” are not immune to suffering and cannot escape human sorrow, for it does not discriminate based on belief or income tax bracket or address or religion. Sorrow is present in every life, and our Lady shows us that in order to rise with Christ, we must first endure the cross, and that the journey to holiness must include sorrow.

And how relevant is Our Lady of Sorrows in this annus horribilis that is 2020, where every scroll down every feed, every news flash, and every headline screams of the roiling sorrow of the world. There comes a point when the grief and fear seem too great to bear—but Our Lady waits, prays, and weeps with us, consoles us, and ultimately teaches us to persevere in hope.