62 – Mary surely she wanted to say to the Angel: ‘Liar! I was deceived.’

Praying before the Cross, Christians are significantly comforted under the patronage of Our Lady of Sorrows. In her we contemplate the one who, as Scripture tells us, remained ‘standing’ at the foot of the Cross while the Apostles fled and betrayed Christ, as they were far from understanding the profundity of the mystery of Golgotha. This vital presence of Mary fully united to the Passion of her Son – consoling and adoring Him in an act of reparation for the offenses of those who had been unfaithful at this decisive moment – has moved truly Christian souls throughout the centuries.

These pious considerations have a theological base that justifies them: the Most Holy Virgin is intimately united to the work of Redemption in the plans of God. The sacrifice of Jesus and his salvific mission were, since the beginning, associated with Mary Immaculate, whom the Trinity gazed upon with singular predilection.
Consequently, to attribute to the Mother of Sorrows reactions incompatible with the perfection of her charity, offends Marian piety and, moreover, diverges from Catholic Doctrine – which should be the parameter used for all considerations on the incomparable figure of the Mother of God. Therefore, a reminder about the Pontifical Magisterium and the doctrine of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church regarding this topic seems indispensable.



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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

I – The Virgin Mary: entirely united to the work of the Redeemer
II – Mary’s entire conformity to the plans of the Father regarding the Son
III – The Virgin gave her complete consent to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross

I – The Virgin Mary: entirely united to the work of the Redeemer

John Paul II

Accepting the sacrifice of her Son, Mary is the dawn of the Redemption – She consented to the immolation of the Victim which She had brought forth

Paul VI

The free and perfectly docile cooperation of Mary, marvelously associated to the divine plan of salvation

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

At the death of Jesus, Mary united her will to that of her Son; so much so that both offered one and the same sacrifice

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Mary cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior
Perfect example: the most Blessed Virgin Mary, who was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way cooperated in the Savior’s work

Pius X

Companionship in sorrow and suffering between Christ and Mary

John Paul II

For our reconciliation, offer the heavenly victim pleasing to God

Pius IX

United with Christ, the Virgin triumphs over the serpent


More powerful than men or angels by virtue of her role in the salvation of humanity

II – Mary’s entire conformity to the plans of the Father regarding the Son

Saint Ambrose of Milan

She looked not on the death of the Hostage, but on the salvation of the world

Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio

The Most Holy Virgin was present as a strong and loving woman before the Cross

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

Mary consented to the death of her Son with her entire will that we might be saved

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

United to Christ not only in prosperity, but also sorrows

John Paul II

Mary’s supreme ‘yes’ radiant with trusting hope began with the death of her crucified Son - Her hope contains a light stronger than the darkness

III – The Virgin gave her complete consent to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross

Saint John Chrysostom

The symbols of our defeat are now the cause of our triumph: instead of Eve, Mary

Pius XII

She offered Him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father for all the children of Adam - her mother’s rights and mother’s love were included in the holocaust
The work of salvation was accomplished by a kind of ‘recapitulation’: a virgin was instrumental in salvation, just as a virgin had been closely associated in death

Pius X

Not merely occupied in contemplating the cruel spectacle, Mary rejoiced for the salvation of mankind


Mary took part in the laborious expiation made by her Son

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Before the cross Mary lovingly consented to the immolation of the Victim

John Paul II

In the Cross there are two altars: one in Mary’s heart, the other in Christ’s body
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8 thoughts on “62 – Mary surely she wanted to say to the Angel: ‘Liar! I was deceived.’

  1. 1- Mary knew the fate that awaited her son Jesus.
    The Gospel records that Jesus gave three prophecies during his public ministry about the passion he would endure.

    Matt 16:21 – From that time Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was
    destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and
    chief priests and scribes, to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day.

    Matt 17: 22 – One day when they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son
    2 3 of Man is going to be handed over into the power of men; ·they will put him to
    death, and on the third day he will be raised to life again.”

    Matt 20: 17 – Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, and on the way he took the Twelve to one
    18 side and said to them, ·”Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man
    is about to be handed over to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn
    1 9 him to death ·and will hand him over to the pagans to be mocked and scourged
    and crucified; and on the third day he will rise again.”

    In view of the public testimony given by Jesus about his future passion, it is impossible for Mary to have been surprised by the final demise of her Son Jesus

    2- Mary consented to and collaborated in the redemption of mankind.
    The testimony of the numerous pontiffs and doctors presented on this page prove that Mary was at all times the fully conscious and totally willing collaborator of Jesus Christ in his great work of Redemption.

    John 3: 15 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in hom may have eternal life.16 – For God the Father and the Virgin Mary so loved the world that they gave their only Son Jesus, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.

    ‘The wills of Christ and of Mary were then united, so that both offered the same holocaust; she thereby producing with Him the one effect, the salvation of the world,’ At the death of Jesus, Mary united her will to that of her Son; so much so that both offered one and the same sacrifice; and therefore the holy Abbot says that both the Son and the Mother effected human redemption, and obtained salvation for men. (Saint Alphonsus Liguori. The Glories of Mary, part II, discourse VI: On the purification of Mary)

  2. I recommend the book “The Divine Life of the Most Holy Virgin,” by Ven. Mary of Agreda. (An abridgement of “The Mystical City of God,” by Mary of Agreda.) (I got it through Amazon.com.) It is an amazing book which tells the entire life of Mary. Throughout her life, the Virgin Mary was completely obedient and cooperative with the will of God. During the passion and death of Jesus Christ, Mary suffered, along with him, everything that he suffered. She had infused supernatural knowledge from the time of her conception. She also played an important role in the early Church, after the Ascension of Christ.

  3. Blasphemous to put words of evil rebellion into the Blessed Virgin’s mouth. Conceived without sin Mary was consumed with love for God within her the fire of the Holy Spirit. The Pope makes many erroneous statements. What did Moses say “I the Lord.. will rise up a prophet.. and will put my words into his mouth….but…even though a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, …and (this) is not fulfilled or verified…The prophet has spoken it presumptuously and you shall have no fear of him.” (Dt.18:18). The Blessed Virgin is the spiritual and physical tabernacle of the Lord and she is the apple of His Eye.

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