“....and his mother kept all these things in her heart.” ~ Luke 2:51
On the heels on yesterday’s Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, today the church pauses to celebrate the woman within whose womb this most Sacred Heart first beat. Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The thoughts of the faithful will no doubt turn at some point to Saint Joseph as we celebrate Father’s Day tomorrow, leading to another random rendezvous of the Holy Family, somewhat similar to our unique First Friday celebration last month https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/A-Spontaneous-Gathering-of-the-Holy-Family-and-the-Value-of-Work.
The heart is of course more than merely just another bodily organ. It suggests the source of compassion, tenderness, and kindness that resides within the soul of every child of God. It is the source from which these and other ethereal virtues flow. We grow in our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of our mother and the Queen of Heaven through the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary. One cannot help but grow in their love for Mary through the pondering of these sacred mysteries of our faith. Of the Holy Rosary, Pope Pius IX said “it elevates minds to the truth revealed by God and shows us Heaven opened.” The Virgin Mary herself, by way of her numerous apparitions, has recommended this manner of praying. “All graces,” Pope Pius IX would go on to conclude, “are conceded to us by God through the hands of Mary.”
As Father Donald Calloway points out in his new book The 10 Wonders of the Rosary, “The Rosary has the power to bring about conversion because it leads us away from sin, directs us to a life of virtue, and moves us to fully embrace the teachings of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church by life giving sanctifying grace.“ The Rosary, plain and simple, leads us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through the Rosary, we ponder holy things.
As previously mentioned, yesterday our Church celebrated the profound mercy and love which flows from the most Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Solemnity-of-the-Most-Sacred-Heart-of-Jesus. We are called to emulate this mercy and love in our every day interaction with others, thus sharing this eternity-altering news in the most tangible of ways. As Saint Ambrose once said “Mercy makes men perfect in that it imitates the perfect Father.” In his essay Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas reminds us that “Our world needs to hear the message of mercy perhaps as no other age before. A culture of violence, death, destruction and despair can be healed only by mercy. You and I, like Saint Faustina before us, must count ourselves among the Apostles of Mercy. But first we must be convinced that mercy has been granted us; otherwise, our words will ring hollow.” Reverend Stravinskas goes on to say that when mercy gives birth to joy, melancholy, fear and death are definitively banished.
Within the Immaculate Heart of Mary resides the great purity and love that our Blessed Mother has for God. This purity is manifested in her “Yes” to God the Father at the Incarnation, her love for and cooperation with her Son Jesus in His redemptive mission, and her docility to the Holy Spirit. Mary’s Immaculate Heart is a window into her profound interior life, where she experienced both joys and sorrows, yet always remained faithful. We remain in Jesus through Mary https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Daily-Mass-Reflections-52
May we take the hand of our Blessed Mother, all the while basking in the love that pours from her Immaculate Heart for her beloved children, and allow her to leads us to her Son Jesus.
“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who gave recourse to thee.”