The Fifth Sword of Sorrow – The Death of Jesus

Have you ever accompanied a loved one through their suffering? Whether it is a physical illness, the pain of addiction, or an emotional trauma, bearing witness to the suffering of another is a very difficult thing to do, and the closer the relationship we have with them, the more painful it is.

To understand the intensity of the suffering this sword caused our Blessed Mother, we must first understand how much love she had for her Son.

The Fourth Sword of Sorrow – Meeting Jesus on the Road to Calvary

Have you ever accompanied a loved one through their suffering? Whether it is a physical illness, the pain of addiction, or an emotional trauma, bearing witness to the suffering of another is a very difficult thing to do, and the closer the relationship we have with them, the more painful it is.

To understand the intensity of the suffering this sword caused our Blessed Mother, we must first understand how much love she had for her Son.

The Third Sword of Sorrow – The Loss of Jesus for Three Days in Jerusalem

Sometimes, we undergo suffering that does not seem to us to have a purpose. We may be left with many unanswered questions about our painful experiences, and the greatest one may simply be “why?” Why did I have to go through that? What was the reason for it? Let’s reflect on what our Blessed Mother did when she was faced with this type of suffering.

The First Sword of Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so thatContinue reading “The First Sword of Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon”

Praying With Our Lady of Sorrows: Meditations for Grieving Mothers

I have written here about Our Lady of Sorrows and how she has affected me as a grieving mother. It was through this title that I really felt that Our Blessed Mother made herself known to me in a very personal way. It has deepened my relationship with her tremendously. Out of that devotion hasContinue reading “Praying With Our Lady of Sorrows: Meditations for Grieving Mothers”

Five ways to help a friend who is grieving the loss of a child during COVID-19

Grief is a lonely process. Because it is a difficult subject – one that others are uncomfortable talking or hearing about – the grief that surrounds the loss of a child can be especially isolating. It leaves us feeling as if we have been picked up and dropped onto another world – unable to interactContinue reading “Five ways to help a friend who is grieving the loss of a child during COVID-19”

On chocolate chips and trusting God

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3 Nine years ago, with three young boys under the age of five at home, my husband and I learned that we were expecting twins. Halfway through the pregnancy, however, we learned that our identical twin daughters were affected by something called Twin-to-Twin TransfusionContinue reading “On chocolate chips and trusting God”

One for sorrow, two for joy

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 Nine years ago today, I lay in a hospital bed in Philadelphia. I was 20 weeks pregnant with identical twin daughters who were suffering from a condition called Twin-to-TwinContinue reading “One for sorrow, two for joy”