“pierced by a SWORD” & heroic virtue.

“‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.'” Luke 2:34-35

When Jesus was a tiny baby, Mother Mary and Saint Joseph took him to the Temple. The prophet Simeon told Mary and Joseph that he was gazing at his Savior!

He also told Mary that her soul would one day be pierced by a sword! Mother Mary was at that time a young woman (in fact, a teenage girl).

So… Mary knew her soul would be pierced one day… but did she have any idea how? No.

Even with that fateful news, Mother Mary was courageous. She took heart (“couer” = heart!). She lived her vocation to be the Mother of God in bravery.

She became the most perfect mother who ever walked the earth.

If we are ever afraid of anything, be it the unknown, the uncertain, the seemingly impassable– let us always remember our most courageous Mother Mary, who was a warrior at heart. Behind her gentleness is a fierceness: a fiery passion for Our LORD and a blazing compassion for all of her children. Yes, Mother Mary wants to be the mother of all souls, that they may be led to her Divine Son. 

Nothing stopped Mother Mary from living a life of heroic virtue. Not even knowing that one day, her pain would be unbearable– that one day, her heart and her soul would be pierced! Mother Mary lived fearlessly, trusting in the LORD perfectly.

Despite what may pierce our hearts, let us also, like Mary, always live a fearless life of heroic virtue!


“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin Mary too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did and If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his mother, he will not have Christ for his brother.” –Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe

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