As we approach Holy Week, scripture invites us to stand with Mary at the foot of the cross. How impossibly long that Calvary morning must have seemed to Mary, Mother of Sorrows and model of strength! Two thousand years later, the world still cries out in lamentation. Erected as a safety measure in Miami, Florida, a still unopened pedestrian bridge, collapsed onto a highway, killing some and injuring many. In Salisbury, England, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were killed by a chemical agent; British authorities suspect Russian involvement. A helicopter crashed in Iraq, killing seven United States service members.. Each day’s headlines sound another call to mourning. In solidarity with Mary, our mother, let us as one with and in the Lord commend our sorrows and ourselves into the Father’s hands.