#050: The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit [Podcast]

The Seven Sorrows of Mary are one of the most fruitful topics of mental prayer. On Fridays especially, the Seven Sorrows are a way to better contemplate the Divine Mercy of God.

Here’s a video of me explaining how the Seven Sorrows relate to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

If you don’t see the video in you, you can watch it here.

And here’s the podcast version:

It is a tradition for Catholics to say daily one Our Father and seven Hail Mary for each.

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  1. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34-35)
  2. The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43-45)
  4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary. (Luke 23:26)
  5. Jesus Dies on the Cross. (John 19:25)
  6. Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms. (Matthew 27:57-59)
  7. The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb. (John 19:40-42)

The Seven Sorrows of Mary also correspond to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon – Fear of the Lord (Mary is explicitly reminded of her sorrowful vocation: “a sword shall pierced thy soul”)
  2. The Flight into Egypt – Piety (Mary fulfills her duties toward Joseph and Jesus in a foreign land)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Knowledge (Mary’s knowledge of Christ’s identity as the Son of God)
  4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary – Fortitude (Mary’s strength in seeing Christ in His Passion)
  5. Jesus Dies on the Cross – Counsel (Mary is the spiritual guide and counselor for all who seek her crucified Son)
  6. Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms – Understanding (As Mary holds the dead body of her Son, she perceives His coming resurrection)
  7. The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb – Wisdom (Christ is hidden but Mary’s soul continues to see Christ and communicate with Him)

Since Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, this should come as no surprise to us.

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  • Victor

    Is there any author who has suggested this correlation before?

  • Not that I know of.

  • Karen Head

    excellent!

  • Charles Saliba

    HUMBLY, PERMIT ME TO SHARE WITH YOU THIS ENLIGHTENMENT!

    Reflecting on

    Jesus/Mary or Mary Jesus, which represent the sinless man in Soul, Mary, and
    Flesh, Jesus, it is quite obvious that They replaced the sinful man Adam, Soul
    and Eve, Flesh!

    So Mary’s soul, is “THE WORD”, and Jesus is “THE WORD” made
    flesh! THE BODY!

    so Mary is Jesus, and Jesus is Mary, in relation to “THE WORD”! THE SAME SPIRIT!

    1 Corinthians 12: For in one Spirit were we
    all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and
    in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.

    THE FACT THAT MARY
    SUFFERED ALL JESUS’ PASSION, AND WHATEVER JESUS EXPERIENCED, WITHIN HER SOUL!

    So, the sorrows which Simeon predicted within Mary’s soul is still being
    suffered by Mary’s soul RIGHT FROM THE CROSS UP TO THIS VERY DAY AND TILL SHE
    CRUSHES SATAN’S HEAD, AND SAVES ALL SOULS!

    let’s read Genesis 3:16 To the woman also he said: I will MULTIPLY YOUR SORROWS
    , and thy CONCEPTIONS:

    THE ABOVE IS A CLEAR REFERENCE TO MARY, AND SHE IS SUFFERING IN HER SOUL FOR
    ALL THE SINFUL CONCEPTIONS WHICH OCCURRED FROM JESUS’ DEATH, UP TO THIS TIME,
    AND TILL THE END OF TIME IN ORDER TO BE SAVED! SINCE JESUS ACCOMPLISHED HIS IN
    THE FLESH AND GLORIFIED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND BECAME THE ONLY TRUE GOD, IN
    THE GLORY OF THE FATHER!

    SO SINCE MARY’S SOUL IS “THE WORD” IT IS ALSO JESUS WHO IS SUFFERING
    AND ALSO JESUS WHO CRUSHES SATAN’S HEAD!

    in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children,

    THIS IS ALSO A REFERENCE TO MARY SINCE ALL SOULS HAVE A SPECK OF “THE
    WORD” WITHIN, WHICH MAKES US MARY’S CHILDREN, AND THROUGH MARY, WE ARE
    SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE ONLY TRUE GOD ,AND JESUS CHRIST, AND THROUGH JESUS
    CHRIST CHILDREN OF GOD ALMIGHTY!
    and thou shalt be under thy husband’s power, and he shall have dominion over

    thee.

    THE ABOVE IS ALSO TO MARY SINCE THE HOLY SPIRIT GAVE ALL POWER TO MARY, AND WAS
    GIVEN DOMINION OVER MARY BY HER WORDS:

    BEHOLD THE SLAVE OF THE LORD!

    ONE LAST DETAIL:

    Luke :And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. HER SOUL IS “THE WORD”

    47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. HER SPIRIT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT,
    HER SPOUSE!

    48Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from
    henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. HER FLESH IS ALL GENERATIONS!

    SO ALL GENERATIONS
    BECAME IMMACULATE IN HER BODY, THROUGH JESUS CONCEPTION!

    HER SAVIOUR!

    ALL BY HIM, ALL IN

    HIM, ALL FOR HIM!

    “THE WORD”

    DIVINE MERCY JESUS IMAGE!

  • avnrulz

    I am in a ‘discussion’ on another board with a Protestant (unknown, if they have one, denomination. Right now, they are grinding away on the ‘faith/works issue’, and I invited them to listen to one of your podcasts about St. Paul. Not sure if they did, but all this information I’m gathering is energizing me.

  • Basil Rodrigues

    Thank you for enligtening me and it helps me to correlate the Gifts of The Holy Spirit with Mama Mary the Mother of our God. Very good to follow her to Jesus Christ our Lord and Master of our lives