Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our Lady of Sorrows

BEADS OF JOY 09-15-16
“Our Lady of Sorrows”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: John 19:25-27 (Our Lady of Sorrows)
"But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, 'Woman, behold, your son!' Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother!' And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

I have spoken to many Catholics, Roman Catholics over the past 33 years and some have said, “Oh, how I wish I was there at the Crucifixion.” Really? This is not the red carpet at some event, somewhere in Hollywood. I don’t know that I’d want to be there. Part me would like to have been present during Jesus’ time, hear His teachings; but during the most sorrowful and most difficult times I’m sure I could have handled it emotionally. I did write a blog called “Mary’s Way of The Cross” Here is the link: I wrote this back in 2010. This is an emotionally charged account of “me” walking with Our Lady, it slowly builds up more and more and it gets very emotional. I invite you to take the journey with me.

When you see Jesus bear His Cross, does it give you strength to carry your own? It does for me. Some of us have light manageable ones, while other have heavy ones that buckle our knees. Jesus knows what we can handle and He entrusts the ones that He gives us. We must learn to embrace them and no matter how difficult the days get or the hours seem, we must forge forward bearing that Cross. What I have learned is that the more focused and the more you live your life for Jesus, detached from this world; the heavy your Cross gets. But that’s ok. I like that. Jesus knows the hearts of those who love Him and follow after Him.

Did you know that there were seven sorrows that our Lady (Jesus’ Mom) endured in Scripture? I also wrote about this in another one of my blogs. I do write a lot about our Lord, our Lady and the Rosary. Just take the time to either sift through this blog or Google search: Beads of Joy, (….) whatever you are looking for. A scripture? The rosary? A Mystery? Here are the Sorrows of our Lady with each Scriptural reference. Followed by a Prayer Video today. See you all tomorrow.


First Sorrow: The prophecy of Simeon. “When Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the temple, Simeon predicts that a "sword” (of sorrow) will pierce her soul. Luke 2: 25-35.

Second Sorrow: The flight into Egypt “When King Herod orders the death of all male children age two or younger, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus.” Matt 2:13-15.

Third Sorrow: The Child Jesus Lost in the Temple “Mary and Joseph search for the child Jesus for three days, finding him at last in the temple.” Luke 2; 41-50.

Fourth Sorrow: Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross “Mary shares Jesus' suffering as He carries the cross through the streets of Jerusalem.” Luke 23: 27-29.

Fifth Sorrow: Mary at the foot of the cross. “Mary witnesses the crucifixion and death of Jesus.” John 19: 25-30.

Sixth Sorrow: Mary receives the body of Jesus. “Jesus is taken down from the cross and his body is placed in Mary's arms.” Psalm 130.

Seventh Sorrow: Mary witnesses the burial of Jesus. “The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb and Mary awaits the Resurrection.” Luke 23: 50-56.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows


Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS


Today is Thursday: We pray the Luminous Mysteries:

The Luminous Mysteries

1. The Baptism of Jesus (Matt 3:13-17)
2. Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-12)
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15)
4. The Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-13)
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist (Matt 26:17-30)

Glory and Honor and Praise -Lord Jesus Christ!!

Rosary Man Jim's Luminous Reflections: