The Tender Solicitude of Our Lady of Sorrows, by Maura Roan McKeegan

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Fresco of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin, by Tempesta and Circignani, Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome. (photo: Register Files)

By  Maura Roan McKeegan, Catholic Exchange, Sept. 14, 2021

Maura Roan McKeegan is the author of several children’s books, including the award-winning The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary; Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb: Jonah and Jesus; and St. Conrad and the Wildfire. …

In the early 1980s, Our Lady of Kibeho appeared to three schoolgirls in Rwanda and gave one of the girls, Marie Claire, a special mission: to revive and spread the Seven Sorrows Rosary.

“With the recitation of the Seven Sorrows Rosary, the hardest of hearts shall change, if you pray it for yourself or for others,” Our Lady of Kibeho promised Marie Claire.

After reading about this apparition in Immaculée Ilibagiza’s book Our Lady of Kibeho several years ago, I was inspired to learn to pray the Seven Sorrows Rosary. But despite my good intentions, I kept putting it off. I’m a creature of habit, and it often takes me a long time to add a new devotion to my regular prayers. Months went by, then years. Still, it remained in the back of my mind, until finally, one February, I decided to make it my Lenten resolution to pray the Seven Sorrows Rosary every day….