Conversion Of A Servant Of Satan Through The Intercessions Of Our Lady Of Sorrows 

Conversion Of A Servant Of Satan Through The Intercessions Of Our Lady Of Sorrows 

Conversion of a Servant of Satan Through the Intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Up until 1961, the Liturgy of the Church officially contemplated the Sorrows of Our Lady during Lent in the form of the Feast of the Compassion of Mary, which was celebrated on the Friday before Palm Sunday. With the revision of the Liturgical calendar, the Compassion Feast was removed.

The Blessed Virgin Mary told St. Bridget of Sweden that She was willing to endure any torment to save the souls of men. So great a love has our Heavenly Mother for us, that She deserves our gratitude, and that gratitude should be shown by at least meditating upon, and consoling Her in Her Sorrows. But She lamented to St. Bridget that very few did so, and that the greater part of the world lived in forgetfulness of them: 

“I look around at all who are on earth, to see if by chance there are any who pity Me, and meditate on My Sorrows; and I find that there are very few. Therefore, My daughter, though I am forgotten by many, at least do you not forget me. Meditate on My Sorrows and share in My grief, as far as you can”.

In the revelations of St. Bridget we read that there was a rich man, as noble by birth as he was vile and sinful in his habits. He had given himself, by an express compact, as a slave to the Devil, and for sixty successive years had served him, leading such a life as may be imagined, and never approached the sacraments.

Now this prince was dying and Jesus Christ, to show him mercy, commanded St. Bridget to tell her confessor to go and visit him and exhort him to confess his sins. The confessor went and the sick man said that he did not require confession, as he had often approached the sacrament of Penance. The priest went a second time, but this poor slave of Hell persevered in his obstinate determination not to confess. Jesus again told the saint to have her confessor return. He did so and of the third occasion told the sick man the revelation made to the saint, and that he had returned so many times because our Lord, who wished to show him mercy, had so ordered. On hearing this the dying man was touched, and began to weep: “But how,” he exclaimed, “can I be saved, I who for sixty years have served the Devil as his slave, and have my soul burdened with innumerable sins?” “My son,” answered the Father, encouraging him, “doubt not if you repent of them, on the part of God I promise you pardon.” Then, gaining confidence, he said to the confessor, “Father, I looked upon myself as lost, and already despaired of salvation but now I feel a sorrow for my sins, which gives me confidence and since God has not yet abandoned me, I will make my confession.” 

In fact, he made his confession four times on that day, with the greatest marks of sorrow, and on the following morning received holy Communion. On the sixth day, contrite and resigned, he died. After his death, Jesus Christ again spoke to St. Bridget, and told her that the sinner was saved, that he was then in purgatory, and that he owed his salvation to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin His Mother for the deceased, although he had lead so wicked a life, had nevertheless always had a great love and compassion for His Blessed Mother’s Sorrows.

Taken from The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus De Liguori.

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