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The Virgin Mary, Suffering, and the School of the Cross

Michelangelo, Pieta (1499)
We, the Church, we are the Body of Christ. We say that all the time, but do we really believe that? If we do, then we need to know two things: (1) that Mary is our Mother, and (2) that our sorrows have meaning, they have a purpose. Jesus didn't say, “take up your Cross and throw it away,” but “take up your cross and follow me.” He doesn't suffer and die so that we don't have to suffer. He suffered and died so our sufferings have meaning.

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More Numerous Than the Hairs of My Head? A Reflection on Sin and Its Consequences

I. King David Julia Margaret Cameron, Study of King David (1866). The photograph depicts Sir Henry Taylor as David In Psalm 40:11-12, King David confesses that his sins are greater than the number of hairs on his head, as he cries out to God for help: Do not thou, O Lord, withhold thy mercy from […]

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