I think this was the very first Marian hymn in Latin I learned now 40 years ago. 40 years later, I find it here on the hidden streets of Rome.
These shrines are to be found everywhere in Rome. I don’t think a coffee table book has ever been made of them. Wanna publish something for our Lady? Here it is.
These aren’t simple affairs. In this case it involved digging into the building, commissioning and installing a copper umbrella, commissioning and installing the ceramics, making sure to get the Latin correct, installing electricity and appropriate lighting and maintaining the bulbs, and… and… singing by heart the Carmelites’ Salve Mater Misericordiae throughout the day.
Because of her Immaculate Conception she had clarity of vision and, in seeing her Son tortured to death in front of her knew exactly what we needed and prayed that we receive this mercy founded on justice of her Son standing in our stead to have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, the Innocent for the guilty.
She became our mother by taking our misery into her own heart.
- miseria = misery
- cordia/cor = heart
- misericordia = misery of heart
Next time you think that the Immaculate Conception is too special for you to have devotion to, cast that joyfully aside by knowing she has carried your entire misery in her heart. She loves you tenderly. She’s your Mother.