The Friday before Good Friday we commemorate Our Lady in her sorrows. It was her habitual disposition to carry the mysteries of Jesus' life in her heart. By contemplating her, may we too learn to constantly ponder His life in our hearts, praying,
"Mary, Mother of Sorrows and my Mother, who kept pondering all these things in your heart, accompany me as I retrace the sorrowful journey of your divine Son... Obtain for me the grace to carry my cross in the footsteps of your divine Son... Help me to accept all the sufferings of this life for love of your Son... Obtain for me the grace to see Jesus in others and to come to their aid... Help me to give and not count the cost in the service of Your Son... Hold me in your arms and press me closely to your heart that I may never be separated from your Son 'Who loved me and delivered Himself up for me.' Amen."