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

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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Table of Contents


Structure and Use of this Book

Optional Prayers:

Stabat Mater

Prayer for a Fruitful Lent

Prayer to Trust in Divine Mercy

Daily Reflections

Day One – A Mother’s Love

Day Two – The Strength of the Immaculate Heart

Day Three – The Thoughts of the Mother of God

Day Four – Spiritual Friendship

Day Five – Total Surrender

Day Six – A Leap of Joy Remembered

Day Seven – A Lowly Servant of the Lord

Day Eight – Fidelity in All Things

Day Nine – Unwelcomed by the World

Day Ten – The Sword of Sorrow

Day Eleven – Living in Exile

Day Twelve – A Shared Suffering

Day Thirteen – A Mother’s Ponderings

Day Fourteen – “Do Whatever He Tells You”

Day Fifteen – Hearing and Observing the Word of God

Day Sixteen – The Greatest of Miracles

Day Seventeen – Entering into Jerusalem

Day Eighteen – “This is My Body…This is My Blood”

Day Nineteen – The Agony in the Garden

Day Twenty – The Innocence of the Lamb of God

Day Twenty-One – The Scourging and Mockery

Day Twenty-Two – “Behold, Your King!”

Day Twenty-Three – The Sentence of Death

Day Twenty-Four – The Gaze of Mother and Son

Day Twenty-Five – Jesus Falls

Day Twenty-Six – The Holy Women and Veronica

Day Twenty-Seven – Humiliation – Stripped of Garments

Day Twenty-Eight – His Hands and Feet

Day Twenty-Nine – Jesus is Lifted Up on the Cross

Day Thirty – “Father, Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do”

Day Thirty-One – “Today You Will be With Me in Paradise”

Day Thirty-Two – “Woman, Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother”

Day Thirty-Three – “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

Day Thirty-Four – “I Thirst”

Day Thirty-Five – “It is Finished”

Day Thirty-Six – “Father, Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit”

Day Thirty-Seven – The Earth is Shaken

Day Thirty-Eight – The Soldier’s Lance

Day Thirty-Nine – The Pietà

Day Forty – The Silence of the Tomb

Prayers for Holy Week and Easter

Gaze upon the Cross of Christ with our Blessed Mother – Reflections by Monsignor Aaron Brodeski, Diocese of Rockford