The Passionists' Compassion

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

With Her Son as He Dies

Mary with Jesus - Bellini
Mary with Jesus at his death - Bellini

 

"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary, wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala." (Jn 19:25)

We can hardly guess how Mary experienced the tragic days when they arrested and crucified her Son. Tradition says she stood on the road as Jesus passed by carrying his cross. When all his disciples fled, she remained with him. Helpless to do anything else, she watched her dying Son and offered her love. When he died, they took him down from the cross and placed him in her arms. She held him gently, her child of long ago.

 

Mary's joy