These are the seven sorrows of Mary:
First Sorrow was the prophecy of Simeon that a sword would pierce her heart (Luke 2:34). Mary stood at the foot of the Cross. Sins of abortion, suicide, murder, sexual abuse, adultery — all sins cause her great sorrow, as they deeply offend Jesus.
Second Sorrow was the flight of Joseph and Mary into Egypt to escape from Herod who wanted to kill the Child. Today Mary’s heart is filled with pain at the sight of so many refugees fleeing for their lives.
Third Sorrow was the loss of the boy Jesus in the temple.
Fourth Sorrow was the meeting of Jesus and Mary on the way to the Cross. Mary experienced tremendous sorrow at seeing her Son carrying His heavy cross. Our sins fill her heart with sorrow.
Fifth Sorrow was the Crucifixion. Jesus is deeply offended by those souls who commit serious sins.
Sixth Sorrow was the taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
Seventh Sorrow was the burial of Jesus. Mary, the Mother of God, experiences tremendous sorrow at the sight of so many people today for whom Christ’s death and resurrection mean nothing.
Saint Bridget of Sweden (1302 – 1373) told us that Our Blessed Mother promises the following seven graces to those who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary’s and meditating on her tears and sorrows: