Friday, June 19, 2009
The Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Devotion was started by early Christian and is based on scriptural references to the heart of Mary. ‘She pondered these things in her heart’ and ‘a sword shall pierce your heart.’ St. Augustine said “she cooperated through charity… "in the work of our redemption". During WWII Pope Pius XII dedicated the whole world to the immaculate Heart. This was done in direct response to the apparitions at Fatima where our Lady appeared and asked for consecration to her heart. Pius XII instituted today's feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the whole Church, so as to obtain by her intercession "peace among nations, freedom for the Church, the conversion of sinners, the love of purity and the practice of virtue" (Decree of May 4, 1944). We celebrate this feast with joy and gratitude for the sacrifices that our Lady made with Jesus on the cross.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Pray For Us!