Monday, October 22, 2007

Sorrows of Mary

This is a beautiful Holy Card. Of course I can't read the words, but it appears to be an image of a deathly ill and perhaps dying young woman. She is being held up and supported by Our Lady who prays to the Eucharistic Lord, her Divine Son on behalf of the girl. Grace then extends at Our Lady's request to the dying girl. I posted this image as an illustration of the promises of devotion to Our Lady's Sorrows:
According to the visions of St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) our Blessed Mother promises to grant seven graces to those who honor her and draw near to her and her Son every day by meditating on her sorrows and entering into her grief.
1. "I will grant peace to their families."
2. "They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries."
3. "I will console them in their pains and will accompany them in their work."
4. "I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls."
5. "I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives."
6. "I will visibly help them at the moment of their death-- they will see the face of their mother."
7. "I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy."
In drawing out #6, everyone who carries in their soul a devotion to Mary's sorrows will without doubt receive this promise. Is there any better reason to compassionate Our Heavenly Mother's tears? You will be rewarded by her assistance in your own death ~ you WILL SEE HER FACE!

1 comment:

Meldelen said...

I'm afraid this is a holy card with political meaning, not only religious meaning. It depicts the Spain wounded and ill by Comunism and it's near to die, conforted by Our Lady. The words are in Spanish and they mean:

"Her heart is still beating... Lord, I made sin against You!"

Nowadays this kind of holy cards are considered inadecuate for supporting fascism (Franco's government at Spain) and for being political more than religious.