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In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary.  Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart.  And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps.  With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing so fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal. (1) 
        St. Bernard-abbot of Clairvaux

It was in the presence and under the very gaze of Mary that the divine sacrifice of our redemption was consummated; she took part in it by giving to the world and nourishing the divine Victim, she the Queen of martyrs. (2)
        St. Pius X, pope
 

She, finally, true Queen of Martyrs, by bearing with courageous and confident heart her immense weight of sorrows, more than all Christians, 'filled up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ for his Body which is the Church.'" (3)
        Pius XII, pope

What Mary endured when present at the death of Jesus on Calvary is alone sufficient to show us how constant and sublime was her patience. (4)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

It was precisely by the merit of her patience, that Mary brought us forth to the life of grace. (5)
        St. Albert the Great

If we wish to be the children of Mary, we must try to imitate her in her patience: For what can enrich us with greater merit in this life, and greater glory in the next, than the patient enduring of sufferings? (6)
        St. Cyprian


Those who embrace the cross do not feel it.  For if we resolve to suffer, the pain ceases. (7)
        St. Teresa

When our crosses weigh heavily upon us, let us turn to Mary, who is called by the Church, "The Comfortress of the afflicted, the remedy for all sorrows of the heart." (8)
        St. John Damascene.

Mary's martyrdom in the death of her Son on the cross exceeded the sufferings of all the martyrs. (9)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

While Jesus was in his agony Mary offered the life of her Son to the Eternal Father for our salvation; but in doing so she also was in an agony, and experienced a torment greater than any death. (10)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Mary, obtain for me true sorrow for my sins, and love for Jesus my Redeemer; and by the sword which transpierced your heart when you saw him bow down his head and expire, I beg you to help me at the hour of my death, and then obtain for me eternal salvation, that I may love you with your Jesus forever. (11)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Mary became the Queen of Martyrs; for the sufferings of her great martyrdom exceeded those of all the martyrs; being, in the first place, the longest in point of duration; and in the second place, the greatest in point of intensity. (12)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Mary is Queen of Martyrs because, having merited this title by suffering the most cruel martyrdom possible after that of her son. (13)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Mary was a martyr not by the sword of the executioner, but by bitter sorrow of heart. (14)
        St. Bernard

Mary's martyrdom surpassed all others; for it was longer than that of all others, and her whole life may be said to have been a prolonged death. (15)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

The Passion of Jesus began with his birth.  So also did Mary, in all things like her Son, endured her martyrdom throughout her life. (16)
        St. Bernard

Mary, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, in a far higher degree than all the prophets, understood the predictions recorded by them in the sacred Scriptures concerning the Messiah. (17)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

When Mary became the Mother of the Savior, at the sad sight of the many torments that were to be endured by her poor Son, she indeed suffered a long martyrdom, a martyrdom which lasted her whole life. (18)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Even after the death and ascension of her son, whether Mary ate, or worked, the remembrance of his Passion was ever deeply impressed on her mind, and fresh in her tender heart. (19)
        St. Bridget

As thorns increase with the growth of the rose, so also did the thorns of her sorrows increase in Mary, the chosen rose of the Lord, as she advanced in age; and so much the more deeply did they pierce her heart. (20)
        St. Bridget

O Blessed Virgin, as the sea in bitterness exceeds all other bitterness, so does your grief exceed all other grief. (21)
        Cardinal Hugo

Had not God by a special miracle preserved the life of Mary in each moment of her life, her grief was such that it would have caused her death. (22)
        St. Anselm

And your own soul a sword shall pierce  Luke 2:35
As if the holy Simeon had said "O most sacred Virgin, the bodies of other martyrs will be torn with iron, but you will be transfixed and martyred in you soul by the Passion of your own Son." (23)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Whoever had been present on Mount Calvary, to witness the great sacrifice of the Immaculate Lamb, would there have beheld two great altars, the one in the body of Jesus, the other in the heart of Mary; for, on that mount, at the same time that the Son sacrificed his body by death, Mary sacrificed her soul by compassion. (24)
        Abbot Arnold of Chartres

While other martyrs suffered by sacrificing their own lives, the Blessed Virgin suffered by sacrificing her Son's life - a life that she loved far more than her own; so that she not only suffered in her soul all that her Son endured in his body, but moreover the sight of her Son's torments brought more grief to her heart than if she had endured them all in her own person. (25)
        St. Antoninus

The heart of Mary became, as it were, a mirror of the Passion of the Son, in which might be seen, faithfully reflected, the spitting, the blows and wounds, and all that Jesus suffered. (26)
        St. Laurence Justinian

Those wounds which were scattered over the body of our Lord were all united in the single heart of Mary. (27)
        St. Bonaventure

I have trodden the wine-press alone, and of the Gentiles there is not a man with me.  Isaiah 58:3
It is true, O Lord, that in the work of human redemption you did suffer alone, and that there was not a man who sufficiently pitied you; but there was a woman with you, and she was your own Mother; she suffered in her heart all that you endured in your body. (28)
        St. Laurence

If Mary, by love, lived more in her Son than in herself, she must have endured far greater torments in the sufferings and death of her Son than she would have done, had the most cruel death in the world been inflicted upon her. (29)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Mary's whole martyrdom consisted in beholding and pitying her innocent and beloved Son, who suffered so much.  Hence the greater was her love for him, the more bitter and inconsolable was her grief. (30)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Martyrs are represented with the instruments of their sufferings - St. Paul with a sword, St Andrew with a cross, St. Laurence with a gridiron - Mary is represented with her dead Son in her arms; for Jesus himself, and he alone, was the instrument of her martyrdom, by reason of the love she bore him, (31)
        Diez

In other martyrs, the greatness of their love soothed the pains of their martyrdom; but in the Blessed Virgin, the greater was her love, the greater were her sufferings, the more cruel was her martyrdom. (32)
        Richard of St. Victor

As there was no love like her love, so there was no sorrow like her sorrow. (33)
        Richard of St. Victor

O all ye that pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.  Lamentations 1:12
O you who spend your lives upon earth, and pity me not, stop a while to look at me, now that I behold this beloved Son dying before my eyes; and then see if, among all those who are afflicted and tormented, a sorrow is to be found like unto my sorrow. (34)
       
St. Alphonsus de Liguori

No more bitter grief than yours, Mary, can be found; for no son more dear than yours can be found. (35)
        St. Bonaventure

There has never been a mother who more tenderly loved her son than Mary.  But since there never has been in the world a love like Mary's love, how can any sorrow be found like Mary's sorrow. (36)
        Richard of St. Laurence

To say that Mary's sorrows were greater than all the torments of the martyrs united, was to say too little. (37)
        St. Ildephonsus

The most cruel tortures inflicted on the holy martyrs were trifling, or as nothing in comparison with the martyrdom of Mary. (38)
        St. Anselm

As the sun exceeds all the other planets in splendor, so did Mary's sufferings exceed those of all the other martyrs. (39)
        St. Basil of Seleucia

Indeed, the death of Jesus was more than enough to save the world, and an infinity of worlds; but this good Mother, for the love she bore us, wished also help the cause of our salvation with the merits of her sufferings, which she offered for us on Calvary. (40)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

As we are under great obligations to Jesus for his Passion endured for our love, so also are we under great obligations to Mary for the martyrdom which she voluntarily suffered for our salvation in the death of her Son. (41)
        St. Albert the Great

Our compassionate and benign Mother was satisfied rather to endure any torment than that our souls should not be redeemed, and be left in their former state of perdition. (42)
        St. Bridget

We may say that Mary's only relief in the midst of her great sorrow in the Passion of her Son, was to see the lost world redeemed by his death, and men who were his enemies reconciled with God. (43)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

The graces promised by Jesus to those who are devoted to the sorrows of Mary are very great. (44)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Do not stop assisting my afflicted soul in the midst of the combat in which it will have to engage on its great passage from time to eternity.  And as it is probable that I may then have lost my speech and strength to call your name and that of Jesus, who are all my hope, I do so now; I call upon your Son and you to assist me in that last moment; and I say, Jesus and Mary, to you I commend my soul. (45)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

The Blessed Virgin consummated her martyrdom by sacrificing the life of her son, a life which she loved far more than her own, and which caused her to endure a torment which exceeded all other torments ever endured by an mortal on earth. (46)
        St. Antoninus

In their flight into Egypt, the sight of Jesus and Mary wandering as fugitives through the world, teaches us that we also must live a pilgrims here below; detached from the goods which the world offers us, and which we must soon leave to enter eternity. (47)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Our Lord having, given us the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of perfection, it was necessary that she should be laden with sorrows, that in her we might admire heroic patience, and endeavor to imitate it. (48)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

When Mary wept when her Son was lost for three days, how should sinners weep, who have lost divine grace. (49)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

If all the sorrows of the world were united, they would not equal that of the glorious Virgin Mary. (50)
        St. Bernardine

All these sufferings of Jesus were also those of Mary; every torture inflicted on the body of Jesus, was a wound in the heart of the Mother. (51)
        St. Jerome

The cross and nails of the Son were also those of his Mother; with Christ crucified the Mother was also crucified. (52)
        St. Augustine

The grief which filled Mary's heart, as a torrent flowed into and embittered the heart of Jesus.  So much so, that Jesus on the cross suffered more from compassion for his Mother than from his own torments. (53)
        St. Bernard

Christ was pleased that Mary, the cooperatress in our redemption, and whom he had determined to give us for our Mother, should be there present; for it was at the foot of the cross that she was to bring us, her children, forth. (54)
        Lanspergius

By the prayers of Mary, who stood between the cross of the good thief and that of her Son, the thief was converted and saved, and thereby she repaid a former service. (55)
        St. Peter Damian

Oh, how many swords pierced the Mother's soul when she received the body of her Son from the cross. (56)
        St. Bonaventure

The heart of Jesus was wounded by the soldier's lance, that, through the visible wound, the invisible wound of love might be seen. (57)
        St. Bernard

I can truly say that at the burial of Mary's Son, one tomb contained as it were two hearts. (58)
        St. Bridget

My poor Mother, I will not leave you alone to weep; no, I will accompany you with my tears.  This grace I now ask of you: obtain that I may always bear in mind and always have a tender devotion toward the Passion of Jesus and your sorrows, that the remainder of my days may be spent in weeping over your sufferings, my own sweet Mother, and those of my Redeemer. (59)
        St. Alphonsus de Liguori

The Seven Swords of Mary's Sorrows: (60)
    St. Simeon's Prophecy
    Flight of the Holy Family with Jesus into Egypt
    The loss of Jesus in the Temple
    The meeting of Mary with Jesus, when He was going to Death
    The Death of Jesus
    The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and His Descent from the Cross
    The Burial of Jesus

Mary, who held the Redeemer in her arms at Bethlehem, also suffers an interior martyrdom herself.  She shared his passion and had to take him yet again in her arms when he was taken down from the Cross. (61)
        Benedict XVI, pope

To this Mother, who knew the joy of his birth and the torment of the death of her divine Son, we entrust all those who are persecuted and suffering in various ways for their witness and service to the Gospel. (62)
        Benedict XVI, pope

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your Word."  Mary's reply to the Angel is extended in the Church, which is called to make Christ present in history, offering her own availability so that God may continue to visit humanity with his mercy.  The "yes" of Jesus and Mary is thus renewed in the "yes" of the saints, especially martyrs who are killed because of the Gospel. (63)
        Benedict XVI, pope

At the supreme moment of the fulfillment of his messianic mission, Jesus bequeaths as a precious inheritance to each one of his disciples his own Mother, the Virgin Mary. (64)
        Benedict XVI, pope

As much as the sun surpasses in splendor all the planets does Mary surpass in sufferings all the other martyrs. (65)
        St. Basil

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