How Mary had been longing and praying for the Resurrection! How eagerly she had been expecting the dawn of that first Easter Day! She had been saying over and over again to herself, “ I know that my Redeemer liveth.” She knew that the darkness would, in God’s time, usher in a glorious morning. This should be my comfort when all seems dark. I, too, must pray and wait.
Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never-ending joy at His triumph; obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 500 days
“Rejoice in the Lord always!” applies to all true Christians. They ought always to be cheerful, and their joy should find expression in deeds of
kindness and helpfulness to all with whom they come in contact. They ought to heed the words of Our Lord to His followers: “Be of good cheer!” Life today is so strenuous that there is constant need of relief from its strain, and a sunny, cheerful, gracious soul is like a sea-breeze in
sultry August or like a “draught of cool refresh