Mary stood at the foot of the Cross where Jesus was hanging, and, as Simeon had prophesied, a sword of sorrow pierced her soul.
There stood by the Cross of Jesus, His mother, and His mother’s sister Mary of Cleophas, and Salome and Mary Magdalen. — Introit, St. John 19
The Imitation of Christ
In the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the Cross is strength of mind; in the Cross is joy of spirit.
Were you ever very sick so that your mother worried about you and sat up with you nights and did everything she could think of to make you comfortable? Did you ever watch a mother follow the coffin of one of her children to the grave? Wasn’t it painful even for you to see her sorrow? Jesus was our Lady’s Son. You had a share in His death, and, hence, you helped to make our Lady’s sorrows.
Be especially kind to someone (outside of school) who will probably not appreciate your kindness or who may even say sharp things to you in return. Do not complain even to one person about hurting your feelings today, regardless of who hurts them.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. — The Our Father