“Can anyone imagine a more terrible spiritual torment than Mary’s compassion during the crucifixion of her Son? His fear and affliction were a sword that pierced her heart, as Simeon had prophesied at the presentation of Jesus in the temple. If our Lord Himself in Gethsemani found the prospect of His sufferings so unbearable that it wrung drops of blood from Him and His soul convulsed His sacred body, then this gives us an image of the extent to which Mary’s spiritual pain affected her body and caused her martyrdom. Mary’s heart and soul must have melted away as she stood beneath the cross of her Son and when at last the lifeless body was placed upon her lap” (Cardinal Newman).
It can certainly be a great trial for Catholics to find themselves cutoff from Communion, particularly in the unexpected and jarring manner they are experiencing today.
On March 25, 2020, during his visit to Saint Mary Majors to pray to the Blessed Virgin, and especially during the blessing Urbi et orbi in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis movements were noticeably slower.
On Passion Sunday, March 29, 2020 England renewed its consecration to Our Lady of Walsingham, as Britain was hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic. Great Britain first adopted the title “dowry of Mary” in 1381 under King Richard II, who...