Christ promises that in heaven all tears will be dried, and Kierkegaard comments about the sad condition of those who have never shed a tear. We should cry over the daily offenses to God, cry over our sins, cry over the ingratitude of man. the most holy of all women, Mary, is called the mater dolorosa (sorrowful mother)…
A woman’s way to holiness is clearly to purify her God-given sensitivity and to direct it into the proper channels. She should fight tears and pray for holy tears — tears of love, of gratitude, of contrition.
—The Privilege of Being a Woman, Alice von Hildebrand, (Sapienta Press, 2002.)
Our Lady of Sorrows feast day is Sept 15.