40 Days at the Foot of the Cross

40 Days at the Foot of the Cross:
A Gaze of Love from the Heart of Our Blessed Mother
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What went through the mind and heart of our Blessed Mother as she stood faithfully by her Son in His last agony?  As a loving mother, she would have pondered every moment of His precious life and every experience she had with Him.  She would have pondered His conception, His birth, His presentation in the temple, His public ministry, His passion and death and so much more.

Through this daily devotional you are invited to prayerfully ponder the mind and heart of our Blessed Mother as she endured the great suffering inflicted upon her own dear Son.  Mother Mary faced the Cross of her Son with perfect faith, love and devotion. Her fidelity to her Son throughout His life was unwavering. As she stood before the Cross during those long three hours, that fidelity never ceased.

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Note: When Sundays are counted in Lent, there are more than 40 days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, therefore, there are seperate Sunday reflections added to the Table of Contents below that come from our new Lenten devotional 40 Days in the Desert so that you can begin this devotional below on Ash Wednesday and have reflections for every day.

Table of Contents

Introductory Prayers

Introduction

Reflection One – A Mother’s Love
(Ash Wed.)

Reflection Two – The Strength of the Immaculate Heart
(Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

Reflection Three – The Thoughts of the Mother of God
(Friday after Ash Wednesday)

Reflection Four – Spiritual Friendship
(Saturday after Ash Wednesday)

First Sunday in Lent: Hunger
(From “40 Days in the Desert“)

Reflection Five – Total Surrender
(Mon. of First Week of Lent)

Reflection Six – A Leap of Joy Remembered
(Tues. of First Week of Lent)

Reflection Seven – A Lowly Servant of the Lord
(Wed. of First Week of Lent)

Reflection Eight – Fidelity in All Things
(Thurs. of First Week of Lent)

Reflection Nine – Unwelcomed by the World
(Fri. of First Week of Lent)

Reflection Ten – The Sword of Sorrow
(Sat. of First Week of Lent)

Second Sunday of Lent: Contrast
(From “40 Days in the Desert“)

Reflection Eleven – Living in Exile
(Mon. of Second Week of Lent)

Reflection Twelve – A Shared Suffering
(Tues. of Second Week of Lent)

Reflection Thirteen – A Mother’s Ponderings
(Wed. of Second Week of Lent)

Reflection Fourteen – “Do Whatever He Tells You”
(Thurs. of Second Week of Lent)

Reflection Fifteen – Hearing and Observing the Word of God
(Fri. of Second Week of Lent)

Reflection Sixteen – The Greatest of Miracles
(Sat. of Second Week of Lent)

Third Sunday of Lent: Living Water
(From “40 Days in the Desert“)

Reflection Seventeen – Entering into Jerusalem
(Mon. of Third Week of Lent)

Reflection Eighteen – “This is My Body…This is My Blood”
(Tues. of Third Week of Lent)

Reflection Nineteen – The Agony in the Garden
(Wed. of Third Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty – The Innocence of the Lamb of God
(Thurs. of Third Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty-One – The Scourging and Mockery
(Fri. of Third Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty-Two – “Behold, Your King!”
(Sat. of Third Week of Lent)

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Sight
(From “40 Days in the Desert“)

Reflection Twenty-Three – The Sentence of Death
(Mon. of Fourth Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty-Four – The Gaze of Mother and Son
(Tues. of Fourth Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty-Five – Jesus Falls
(Wed. of Fourth Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty-Six – The Holy Women and Veronica
(Thurs. of Fourth Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty-Seven – Humiliation – Stripped of Garments
(Fri. of Fourth Week of Lent)

Reflection Twenty-Eight – His Hands and Feet
(Sat. of Fourth Week of Lent)

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Weeping
(From “40 Days in the Desert“)

Reflection Twenty-Nine – Jesus is Lifted Up on the Cross
(Mon. of Fifth Week of Lent)

Reflection Thirty – “Father, Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do”
(Tues. of Fifth Week of Lent)

Reflection Thirty-One – “Today You Will be With Me in Paradise”
(Wed. of Fifth Week of Lent)

Reflection Thirty-Two – “Woman, Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother”
(Thurs. of Fifth Week of Lent)

Reflection Thirty-Three – “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”
(Fri. of Fifth Week of Lent)

Reflection Thirty-Four – “I Thirst”
(Sat. of Fifth Week of Lent)

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion: Holy Week
(From “40 Days in the Desert“)

Reflection Thirty-Five – “It is Finished”
(Mon. of Holy Week)

Reflection Thirty-Six – “Father, Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit”
(Tues. of Holy Week)

Reflection Thirty-Seven – The Earth is Shaken
(Wed. of Holy Week)

Reflection Thirty-Eight – The Soldier’s Lance
(Holy Thursday)

Reflection Thirty-Nine – The Pietà
(Good Friday)

Reflection Forty – The Silence of the Tomb
(Holy Saturday)


See also:

40 Days in the Desert:
A Lenten Journey with Our Lord

Prayers for Holy Week and Easter

Novena in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday
Good Friday is the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena


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