Saturday, July 2, 2011

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We remember Mary and how she was born without original sin. She had this special and unique privilege because she was chosen to be the mother of the Savior. Jesus was conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because she was "full of grace" through God and redeemed from the moment of her conception, her heart was pure and perfectly clean throughout her life. Lk 1: 28

In the Catholic Church, we honor the mother of Jesus just as He honored her at the wedding feast at Cana. After Mary said, "They have no more wine," He instructed the waiters to "Fill those jars with water," and then turned the water into wine. Jn 2: 3-9

We have a miracle-working God with whom all things are possible.

We accept Mary as our heavenly Mother and trust that she is interceding on our behalf. "This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation... " CCC 969

Mary's heart is full of love and the perfect reflection of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus--the solemnity that we celebrated yesterday. Like her son, her heart is wounded by the ingratitude, irreverence, and grave offenses in this world.

We, her children, long to make reparation for the sins committed against these two hearts of Jesus & Mary. We do so by saying special prayers and making sacrifices.

We are promised superabundant graces and treasures of divine love when we honor His Sacred Heart and Mary's Immaculate Heart.

You may enjoy this link about our Mother's heart:

May the Lord bless you, keep you, make his face shine upon you, and give you peace in your heart.

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