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festum Septem Dolorum Beatæ Mariæ Virginis

Started by Geremia, September 15, 2019, 03:59:17 PM

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I can understand why Our Blessed Mother is the model for all contemplatives and how she was able to stand firmly at the foot of the Holy Cross. I-II q. 38 a. 4 ("Whether pain and sorrow are assuaged by the contemplation of truth?") co.:
Quotein contemplatione veritatis maxima delectatio consistit. Omnis autem delectatio dolorem mitigat [...] Et ideo contemplatio veritatis mitigat tristitiam vel dolorem, et tanto magis, quanto perfectius aliquis est amator sapientiae.
He mentions the martyr St. Tiburtius, who "nudatis plantis super ardentes prunas incederet, dixit, 'Videtur mihi quod super roseos flores incedam, in nomine Iesu Christi.'"!

This should give all "φιλοἀλήθειας" much hope! It shows that no matter how much we are going to suffer (and we certainly are going to suffer much more as this modernist apostasy keeps escalating), our love of truth will turn the suffering into great joy! (St. Thérèse famously said she can no longer suffer because all suffering is a joy to her!)

I love how today's Mass's Epistle is from the Book of Judith, my favorite Old Testament prefiguration of Our Blessed Mother (∵ Judith uses her beauty for good), because it shows Our B.V.M. is a strong woman (à la Prov. 31:10-31) and that her sorrows are not a sign of weakness, a misconception that used to turn me off from devotion to her sorrows:
QuoteJudith 13:22; 13:23-25
 Benedíxit te Dóminus in virtúte sua, quia per te ad níhilum redégit inimícos nostros. Benedícta es tu, fília, a Dómino, Deo excélso, præ ómnibus muliéribus super terram. Benedíctus Dóminus, qui creávit coelum et terram: quia hódie nomen tuum ita magnificávit, ut non recédat laus tua de ore hóminum, qui mémores fúerint virtútis Dómini in ætérnum, pro quibus non pepercísti ánimæ tuæ propter angústias et tribulatiónem géneris tui, sed subvenísti ruínæ ante conspéctum Dei nostri.
felix festum Septem Dolorum Beatæ Mariæ Virginis!