Today we in the family of Holy Cross celebrate the Feast Day of our patroness, Our Lady of Sorrows. As our Constitutions state, "She is our special patroness, a woman who bore much She could not understand and who stood fast. To Her many sons and daughters, whose devotions ought to bring them often to Her side, She tells much of this daily cross and its daily hope" (8:120).
Blessed Basil Moreau, the Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was no stranger to sorrow. He grew up in France in the turbulent times after the revolution. Many priests and religious had been killed or exiled and ordinary people risked their lives if they dared to practice the faith. Basil Moreau gathered together a group of priests and brothers to bring hope to the country, by preaching and teaching the message of Christ. His zeal to change sorrow into hope, soon led him to send his priests and brothers out to other countries. Fr. Moreau endured many trials and tribulations in the years he remained Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, but he never lost hope in the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ – which is why, I think he chose this day, Our Lady of Sorrows as the patronal feast of the Congregation of Holy Cross. And today's Gospel tells us why.