The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Unlike Jesus’ heart which is sacred, the Blessed Virgin Mary’s heart is pure and immaculate. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is the source of her burning love for God and her desire to bring people to her Son Jesus.

Jesus’ sacred humanity comes from the flesh and blood of Mary, his heart from hers. To prepare for the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Mary was conceived without the stain of Original Sin and did not commit any personal sins during her life.

At the Annunciation, the Archangel Gabriel declared to Mary that she was favored by God and full of grace. She responded, showing that she was open to the will of God.

The Blessed Mother accompanied Jesus on his mission and pondered the events of Jesus’ life in her heart.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is supported by Sacred Scripture, promoted by several saints, and revealed in various private revelations.

Mary’s heart is symbolized by a heart pierced by a sword illustrating her love for Jesus and her sorrows, white flowers indicating her purity, and flames representing her burning devotion for her Son. The image is surrounded by rays of the sun.

The Church celebrates the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary on a Saturday, the day after the Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Praying to have a heart like hers:

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – USA

A model of how to love Jesus:

Fr. Warner D’Souza

A symbol of Mary’s true and genuine goodness:

Heralds of the Gospel – USA

When his parents saw Him, they were astonished, and his mother said to Him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for You with great anxiety.” And He said to them, “Why were you looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what He said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.”

Luke 2: 48-51

Her heart never said “No” to God:

Fr. Michael Sliney, LC

A heart free from the stain of original sin:

Catholic Answers

Her heart is not sacred, but is immaculate:

St. Bron’s Media

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary shine before the eyes of all Christians as the model of perfect love toward God and toward our fellow beings; may it lead them toward the Holy Sacraments by virtue of which souls are cleansed from the stains of sin and are preserved from it. May it also stimulate them to make reparation for the innumerable offenses against the Divine Majesty. Lastly, may it shine like a banner of unity and a spur to perfect the bonds of brotherhood among all Christians in the bosom of the one Church of Jesus Christ, which “taught by the Holy Spirit, honors her with filial affection and piety as a most beloved mother.”

Pope Paul VI, Signum Magnum, 13 May 1967

The model of the redeemed:

John Michael Talbot

The throne of all virtue:

Ranchi Archdiocese

The “splendour of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son”. The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love”.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 492

The heart of the mother joined to the heart of her son:

Waterford & Lismore Diocese

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