'And hence Mary, in the passion of Jesus was silent when he was unjustly accused; she said nothing to Pilate, who was inclined to liberate him, for he had already known his innocence; but she only appeared in the public to be present at the great sacrifice, which was to be offered on Calvary. She accompanied him to the place of punishment; she was with him from the first moment he was placed upon the cross: There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother: "Stabat juxta crucem Jesu mater ejus;" until she saw him expire, and the sacrifice was consummated. And all this to complete the offering which she had already made of him to God in the temple.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori