What to leave for reflection here then? Liguori cries out to his Heavenly mother:
Holy Mother, pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
of my saviour crucified.
It wouldn't be unusual for a friend to share in the sufferings of their loved one. It wouldn't be strange for a loved one to make a sacrifice for a friend. We don't allow others to take on burdens for us, and then walk away. It is normal to want to share pain. Perhaps in the Stations of the Cross Christians are reaching out to try an share the pain of Jesus who took on so much to bring them salvation.