Fourth Station

Jesus meets its afflicted mother

Fourth Station : Jesus meets its afflicted mother

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against and a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2, 34-35)

…and his Mother kept all these things in her heart… (Luke 2, 51)

“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.” (Lm 1, 12)


Mother, O my Mother! What a blessing that you are here !

I am conscious that the sight of my blood pierces your soul. It is for you that I am here. My present affliction was before the eyes of my Father when he fashioned your immaculate soul. What a blessing is your eternal purity, and sinless nature. What a blessing that today, on earth, someone stands at my side. Someone who, like her Son, is pleasing to the Father.

What a blessing that this person who is with me this day, has never once disobeyed the Father's will; has never forsaken, or disowned her God.

That person is you, Mary, my Mother!

My heart has never left you Mother, but now as death casts its shadow, everything that emanated from you ebbs back to its source. Thank you for your presence at this hour, when the hidden thoughts of each heart are laid bare; at this hour when my disciples are far from me.

Mother, my hour has come, as has yours. I am redeeming countless souls. You are their Queen, you who share implicitly in my act of redemption. Mother, stay with me!

The well-beloved of the Father, their vine has run dry. I give to them this life of mine which I received from you. Just as you taught me as a child, I obey all that the Father asks of me.

We cannot forget that from high on the cross Jesus looked on his Mother, and John, his beloved disciple. He entrusted the disciple to his Mother:

“Mother, behold your son!”

He then held out Mary to John: “Behold your Mother!” (John 19, 26)

Through John, Jesus established Mary as Mother of all men, in commiting to her all of humanity. Obedient to the final wish of Christ, we entrust ourselves into Mary's hands, as into those of our Mother.


O Mother,
your sorrow is as vast as the ocean, lead us into its depths.
Your most pure heart is the only heart that can ever truly share the anguish of your Son. Keep us from the road of perdition,
and obtain for us the grace to enter with you
into the heart of Jesus.

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