One of the joyful mysteries talks about that after Simeon talked to her, the Virgin Mary took the wound of sorrow and accepted God’s will. What is that supposed to mean if I am trying to achieve a goal?
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What is the meaning of: “A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul”?
In the fourth mystery of the Joyful Mysteries [Quartum Mysterium Gaudiosum: Presentatio (the Presentation in the Temple)] of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mysteria Gaudiosa), we read the following:
And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. - Luke 2: 35
Fr. George Rutler puts it this way:
As Our Lady was virtually abandoned at the foot of the Cross, so have those who are suffering atrocities and genocide been scandalously ignored by many in the West until recently. Our government has announced that it will stop the State Department’s policy of directing all relief funds through ineffective agencies of the United Nations, and will work with private organizations to aid vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities.
St. John Paul II said that Simeon’s prediction confirms Mary’s “faith in the accomplishment of the divine promises of salvation, [while] on the other hand it also reveals to her that she will have to live her obedience of faith in suffering, at the side of the suffering Savior, and that her motherhood will be mysterious and sorrowful.”
As the pen is mightier than the sword, in Bulwer-Lytton’s adage, so is Christ the Living Word more acute and powerful than any sword that pierces those who love him. - “A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul”
Thus we see that the very sins which offends Our Lord inflicts sorrow in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in the hearts of those who truly united in love to Our Lord with all their heart and being. This is what we must achieve in this life and be willing to make reparation for the outrages committed against the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Presentation or Our Lord in the Temple
own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.
The Prophesy of Simeon is the first of the seven sorrows meditated upon in the devotion to the Sorrowful Mother.
The martyrdom of Mary was lifelong, for according to Simeon’s prophecy, she was enlightened with regard to the intense sufferings of her Divine Son. Her entire being was steeped in bitterness. The swords which pierced her soul penetrated also every nerve and fiber of her tender, sinless body. To her was wanting that great support which the martyrs enjoyed in their sufferings. During their torments, they directed their inward gaze toward Jesus, the Crucified, by whose grace and love they were strengthened and consoled. The flames of the love of Jesus cooled the fires of torture, softened the strokes of the scourges, and blunted the sharpness of the sword.