Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today we celebrate the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a companion to the celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (which we celebrated yesterday). This memorial has a lot to do with relationship to Mary. Because she was immaculately conceived--preserved from all taint of original sin--and her heart is completely pure, she retains a tremendous capacity both for joy and suffering. We tend to emphasize the sufferings and sorrows of Mary, but there is a chaplet devoted to the seven joys of Mary, too! This devotion can become very sentimental, but there is a strength here as well. We recall the promise of Our Lady at Fatima: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph." This is a reminder that despite all the sound and fury of the devil, God will always win.

Mary promised the conversion of Russia and a time of peace at Fatima. May these two events come to pass in our lifetimes! 

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