"And a sword will pierce even your own soul ... " (St. Luke 2:35)
The Church has always taught that Mary was a martyr, and the greatest of Martyrs, the Queen of Martyrs. Her greatest act of love was not only in allowing her heart and soul to be pierced with sorrow, but her witness at the Foot of the Cross. Her life was one, never-ending and unfolding of the Love of God in her immaculate Heart, her spotless soul.
Where was Our Lord on that beach in Libya? He was being "beheaded" along with the martyrs; He was on their Cross. They were not alone. A Christian is never alone.
Where was Our Lady? She was at the foot of their crosses, Her heart again pierced with sorrow, overflowing with love. A Christian always has Our Lady close.
St. Alphonsus wrote: