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First Sorrowful Mystery: the Agony in the Garden

"Jesus fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by Him; He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to You. Take this cup away from Me, but not what I will but what You will." When He returned He found His apostles asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?"

Let us pray that during Lent, our souls may awaken ever more deeply to the love of Our Lord for all of us who have wounded him by our lack of love and our indifference. As St. John of the Cross says of Jesus, "His Heart an open wound with love."

Reflect for a moment, and then pray the 1st decade.

Second Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus is scourged:

"So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, and he had Jesus scourged, a terrible torture."

Let us pray for all those who suffer in mind, heart or soul. We pray for all broken lives, all who lose their way, all who suffer brokenness in their lives.

As St. John of the Cross wrote: "Our Shepherd gave Himself up to brutal handling in a foreign land, His Heart an open wound with love."

Reflect for a moment, and then pray the 2nd decade.

Third Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus is crowned with Thorns

The soldiers led Him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort. They clothed Him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on Him. They began to salute Him with, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and kept striking His head with a reed and spitting upon Him. They knelt before Him in homage.

Let us pray for that our hearts may feel compassion for all who suffer abuse in any way, for the thousands who migrate seeking human dignity...for all who are on the margins of this world.

As St. John of the Cross wrote: "A lone young shepherd lived in pain Withdrawn from pleasure and contentment, His Heart an open wound with love."

Reflect for a moment, and then pray the 3rd decade.

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus Carries His Cross to Calvary

And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the purple cloak, dressed Him in his own clothes, and led Him out to crucify him. They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry His cross. They brought Him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull).

Do we at times seek the easy way out, and not see where someone may need our help? May this decade help us to be alert to accept love, and to offer it to those in need, even in our own families.

As St. John would write:
He weeps, but not from the wound of love,
There is no pain in such a wound
However deeply it opens the Heart;
He weeps in knowing he's been forgotten...
His Heart an open wound of Love.

Reflect for a moment, and then pray the 4th decade.

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus Dies on the Cross

And Mary stood at the foot of the Cross…finally a sword had pierced her heart! Our Lord turned to her to give her John as her new son, and gave her to John.

Mary could not forget her Son, and she united herself to His great love for us, for our Salvation.

Let us pray to her to help us to never forget this Love God has for us, and to ask her that our hearts too may flame with Love for Him and for all our brothers and sisters. And the final lines of the poem of the Lone Young Shepherd say it all:

After a long time he climbed a tree,
And spread his shining arms,
And hung by them, and died,
His Heart an open wound with love.

Reflect for a moment, and then pray the 5th decade.