This week – and throughout the month of October – we celebrate the Month of the Rosary, honoring the Mother of Our Lord and looking to the Blessed Virgin as an example of, as Pope Francis says, a “woman of faith who made room for God in her heart and in her plan.”
By: Erin Healy
On October 15, we observe Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in the United States. For many, aside from the heartbreak, the experience of miscarriage, still birth, SIDS or the death of a newborn can be terribly isolating. As Catholics, we can seek comfort through prayer, frequent reception of the Sacraments and the support of our parish community. We can also seek consolation in Our Blessed Mother. Our Lady of Sorrows, whose Memorial is celebrated on September 15, references the sorrowing events in the life of the Blessed Virgin:
1. The Prophecy of Simeon.
2. The Flight into Egypt.
3. The loss of the child Jesus in the Temple.
4. Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary.
5. Jesus dies on the cross.
6. The piercing of the side of Jesus, and Mary’s receiving the body of Jesus in her arms.
7. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb.
As mothers and fathers experiencing this sorrow, we can look to the example of Our Mother. Mary, as Pope Francis describes in his 2014 meditation:
“..Remained steadfast at the Cross, she was bonded with the son because she had accepted him and she knew, more or less, that a sword awaited her: Simon had told her so”. Mary is “the steadfast Mother”, he continued, “who gives us certainty on this path of learning, of suffering and of obedience.”
She is a model for suffering for all parents; a mother, who despite great sufferings, remained obedient and hopeful in the Resurrection of Our Lord. May we look to Our Lady of Sorrows today and always as we experience suffering. As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us to:
“..turn your eyes incessantly to the Blessed Virgin; she, who is the Mother of Sorrows and also the Mother of Consolation, can understand you completely and help you. Looking to her, praying to her, you will obtain that your tedium will become serenity, your anguish change into hope, and your grief into love.”
For more information on pregnancy loss and miscarriage resources in the Diocese of Arlington visit our resource page.
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