Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Excerpt from, “The Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life”, by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. (pg. 189):

From the moment when Simeon foretold the Passion – already so clearly prophesied by Isaias – and her compassion, she offered and did not cease to offer Him Who would be Priest and Victim, and herself in union with Him. This painful oblation was renewed over years. Of old, an angel had descended to prevent Abraham’s immolation of his son Isaac. But no angel came to prevent the immolation of Jesus.


5 Responses

  1. The painful truth, and much to meditate on – and consolation too for souls in the here and now to whom no angels come, but who in ways sublime, are wrapped in Mary’s mantle of love and grace.

  2. Stabat mater dolorosa
    juxta Crucem lacrimosa,
    dum pendebat Filius.

    I can’t think of this without tears.

    What’s the source, by the way, of that beautiful little image of our Lady? Who painted her?

  3. Very well said, Ann. I was reminded too of the angel who did come to comfort Jesus during His agony in the Garden. As I was reflecting on the last two lines of the excerpt, I was thinking about the fact that the sacrifice of Isaac, if indeed it had gone ahead, would not have been one of self-offering on his part, but one over which he had no control, as opposed to Jesus offering Himself of His own free will to the Father on our behalf.

    Mike, thanks. I could hear the music as I read your lines…

    I’ve put up a little post about the artwork. Thanks for nudging me into that; I think you’ll enjoy the site very much.

  4. “..and herself in union with Him. This painful oblation was renewed over years [..]” – I have never seen it put this way. I would like to read this book from which your excerpt came.

  5. Isn’t it amazing how something different in such a short passage should grab us all: with Ann, the angel; with you Sheila, the union and the renewed painful oblation; for me, it was Simeon foretelling not just the Lord’s Passion but Mary’s compassion.

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