As in August we celebrated the back to back feast days of Sts. Monica and Augustine. Another mother and son share feast days side by side in September. September 14 is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and September 15 is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. While Monica is a good model of a wife and mother, Mary is a perfect model. She was chosen by God to be full of grace, without any stain of sin, to be the Mother of the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ.
Even though her son was perfect, it wasn’t easy raising him up either. She had plenty of joy, but God did not spare her sorrow. And so the church in her wisdom gives us this month to ponder the 7 sorrows of Mary.
So many people are suffering right now. How can I alleviate the suffering of a friend today? Who needs my prayers? Who can I make a meal for, or watch their children?