Good Friday

From:  The Mystical Rose (by Blessed John Henry Newman) pgs. 106-107

Queen of Martyrs:  Why is she so called? – she who never had any blow, or wound, or other injury to her consecrated person….  To answer this question, it must be recollected that the pains of the soul may be as fierce as those of the body….

What an overwhelming horror it must have been for the Blessed Mary to witness the Passion and the Crucifixion of her Son!  Her anguish was, as holy Simeon had announced to her, at the time of her Son’s presentation in the Temple, a sword piercing her soul.  If our Lord himself could not bear the prospect of what was before him, and was covered at the thought of it with a bloody sweat, his soul thus acting upon his body, does not this show how great mental pain can be?  And would it have been a thing to wonder at if Mary’s head and heart had given way as she stood under his cross?

Thus is she most truly the Queen of Martyrs.