Given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri.

Is there anything worse for a parent than to watch their child die? It has to be the most heart wrenching and difficult type of sorrow. And if your son is killed as a common criminal, a death of shame? Unbearable. And yet that was the circumstance for Mary, the Mother of God. She bore tremendous suffering watching her son die a shameful death. How was she able to do it? The overwhelming openness she cultivated in her life to God’s grace.

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