After such knowledge, what forgiveness?
As Catholics, we know the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Then why is it so few follow this Man of Sorrows and His Mother? Why are we so indifferent? We know, or think we know, but do we care?
Today, we will think a bit on the Sorrowful Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Now these Mysteries are nothing new. They occurred over 2,000 years ago, and in fact, are with us still. He still prays in anguish for us, knowing that we, His own,His beloved, betray Him. Only now, instead of in an olive grove, He abides in abandoned tabernacles, ignored even by His own who are consecrated to Him. The blows of His scourging resound through the millennia. Attend with your heart!
No? You cannot perceive it? Kneel then with Mary, Queen of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Ask her to help you, not for you to see this vision, but to know it with her mind and heart. When once you know, really know in your inmost being, these awful blows upon His innocent back, on His poor shoulders, you will always feel, never not feel them reverberating through your deepest being, with every blasphemy against Him, with every attack on His Sacrament of Love, every sneer at Him or most especially at His beloved Mother.
Reader, please hear me! You must enter this way. You must now, do not delay. The fact that very few will read this is all the more of a responsibility for those who do! Why are you here? What did you expect? Think now, after 2,000 years of His Passion, of His loving reparation, what have we done? What response from us? What are you doing? You cannot, absolutely cannot serve Him now unless you are united with Mary, heart of her Immaculate Heart, mind completely united with her mind, which is always in union with Him.
There is nothing left to us but this Passion and Death. It can only be accomplished through Mary with her children. If we fail to grasp this, fail to act on it, there will be no forgiveness. We have this knowledge and with it comes this Cross.
The Sorrowful Mysteries are essential now. Do not try to visualize them, as people who have been too long immersed in television and movies do. If you ask Our Lady, she will enlighten your heart and your mind, and you will know these mysteries. That must be your goal. Now the first three Sorrowful are about Reparation for concupiscence* of the eyes, concupiscence of the flesh and the pride of life, and once you enter fully into their meaning, you may pass on to the last two which are your own Way of the Cross. You must accompany the Lord and His Holy Mother on this way. It is the only way.
Often, I’m asked for a key to meditation on these Mysteries. This is all: Only with Mary, she alone shared every moment of His Passion with Him, uniting her will with His, adoring Him for us. Only she can take you there, to the Garden, and on the rocky path to the Place of the Skull. She will share with you her sorrow as she held Him, once His life had ebbed away, indeed, she holds you now, with Him. Please trust her! You cannot do one thing worthwhile except for this. This is everything. Trust Mary.
Soon, it will be too late. Trust Mary. Now.
† O Virgin Most Sorrowful, Mother of Mercy, intercede for us now and at the hour of our death!
† Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Save our priests!
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our church.
* For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2, 16)
~ by evensong for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!
This is an edited repost of an earlier post.