the other, to the bedside of a worthy woman who was at the point of death. The touch of the other two was of no avail; but on touching that upon which Christ had died, the woman got suddenly well again.
(From the Fourth Catethetical Lecture by St Cyril of Jerusalem)
from that tree which was the source of the fruit of the fall in the Garden of Eden. When Adam died,
the legend states, Seth obtained from the Cherubim guarding the Garden, a branch of the tree from
which Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Seth planted this branch at Golgotha (the place of the skull), which is so named because Adam was buried there. As time went on, the Ark of the Covenant, the pole upon which the bronze serpent was lifted, and other items were made from this tree.
Apart from the Cross, there is no other ladder
by which we may get to Heaven.
St. Rose of Lima
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)
The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13-14)
The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 3: 43-45)
The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
The burial of Jesus.
See if there be any sorrow
like to my sorrow.
From the moment of conception, Our Blessed Mother was full of grace. Each day, because she was free from any stain of sin, She grew in holiness and unity with God. When Christ died on the Cross, she felt it deeply within her heart, mind and soul, Because her unity with Her Son was so perfected, her pain must have been the most intense pain any human ever suffered, next to Christ Himself. She will never fail us in our sufferings and trials. Bring them to Her!
The Children of Mary are, above all
and forever, the children of the Cross.