Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed--and a sword will pierce your own soul too."
Introductory Prayer: My Mother Mary, my mother of sorrows, I have come to learn from you today and accompany you in your sorrow. Just as St. John stood faithfully by your side as you stood at the foot of the Cross, your heart pierced by a sword, I shall stand by you today and learn to suffer patiently and in silence, as you have taught me.
Petition: Lord Jesus, help me to be always faithful and trust in you, especially in the midst of trials. Help me to bear witness to you even in adverse circumstances.
Dialogue with Christ: Lord Jesus, in addition to your own amazing example of suffering that you gave us to follow, you offered us the example of your loving mother. As we witness your mother suffering at the foot of the cross, we cannot leave her alone. We will take her into our homes, just as you asked St. John to do. Mother of Sorrows, wherever you’re weeping, I will try to dry your tears, and help you as much as I can.
Resolution: I will pray a rosary today, asking especially for the grace of perseverance in the midst of suffering.