"We find in Simeon's prophesy the first explicit announcement of the part of the Blessed Virgin was to have in the Passion of Jesus: "Thy own soul a sword shall pierce" (Lk 2, 35). This prophesy was fulfilled on Calvary. "Yes, O Blessed Mother", says St. Bernard, "a sword has truly pierced your soul. It could penetrate your Son's flesh only by passing through your soul. And after Jesus had died, the cruel lance which opened His side did not reach His soul, but it did pierce yours. His soul was no longer in His soul, but yours could not be detached from it." This beautiful interpretation shows us how Mary, as a Mother, was intimately associated with her Son's Passion…" <a Divine Intimacy