THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES: A THESIS
Holy Church, through Saint Dominic, has handed the Rosary down to us as a spiritual aid. The Sorrowful Mysteries take us through the Story of Our Lord's Passion and Death. It is difficult to contemplate these things, but as Father Benedict Groeschel once said in a Good Friday sermon, "Never think about death without thinking about the Resurrection." The whole purpose of the Rosary meditations which accompany each set of ten "Hail Marys," is to help us toward our own Resurrection.
Stepping away and looking at the Sorrowful Mysteries as a whole, a picture begins to emerge. It is the picture of each human being walking along his own life's path to his final destination. The Agony in the Garden represents the MIND. The Scourging at the Pillar, the FLESH. The Crowning with Thorns, the IDENTITY, or the soul. These three components comprise God's greatest creation, the one made in His own image and likeness, the Human Being. The Carrying of the Cross is the life JOURNEY....and the Crucifixion is the END. Within the Passion of Our Lord lies an imprint of every human life for which He goes to His death.
The Sorrowful Mysteries tell the triumphant Story of the Messiah's Love for humanity and the Father's willingness to give His Only Son for our Redemption. It is a Story which brings tears to our eyes for this great Love which it gives testimony to. In return, we are called not merely to a humanist virtue, but to the heroism of Sainthood and Life Everlasting.