- Marchese di Tito
Devotion and prayers to the Blessed Virgin are admirable and useful under every invocation and in whatever manner they are made, but I venture to assert that the most profitable form, as well as the one that redounds most to our credit, is that in which we appeal to her as Our Lady of Dolours. She stood immersed in sorrows at the foot of the cross, and our Lord Jesus Christ gave us all to her in the person of the beloved disciple, to replace her dying Son, and He destined His most holy Mother to become ours. Hence, whenever we betake ourselves to Mary under her title of sorrow, we go to our mother; and go as children, as designed by her divine Son. What can be more glorious for us than that the Queen of Heaven and Earth has, under her title of Mother of Sorrows, also become our mother? This is certainly a glory that the Angels would envy us, if they were capable of envy, since the Blessed Virgin is their Queen, but not their Mother. And what can be more profitable to us than that the dispenser of grace and divine benefits recognizes us in our sorrow as her children, recommended to her by the same Jesus before He died? How must those loving words ever echo in her heart? How dear to her must be their memory, and what special acceptance she must grant to our prayers when we approach her under this appellation. Happy are we, if, each time we invoke Our Lady of Dolours, we do it with a pure heart and a devout remembrance of so great a love; happier still, if, after we have enjoyed her love through life, she shall at its close show us the fruit of her womb, Jesus, acknowledging us, in His place, as the children of His most glorious Mother.
- Marchese di Tito
Holy Mother Church
dedicates the month of December to the Nativity of Our Lord
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