The Immaculate Heart Of Mary

27 Jun

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.   (Lk 2:48-51)

As we celebrate the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are struck with a huge fact:  not even the mother and foster-father of Jesus knew what He was all about.

That should give us great comfort!

Many times, in our lives, we struggle as we try to discern and/or accept God’s will for our lives.  We wonder why we do not understand Him clearer than we do.  If Mary and Joseph had trouble with that, who is to think that we will not?

Discerning the will and embracing the will of God may be difficult.  However, if we, like Mary, treasure every word that God speaks to us, every moment when we feel His presence, every opportunity to serve Him, we will be well on our way to the Kingdom.

FAITH ACTION:  Pray the Litany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,      
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, 
Have mercy on us.

Response to the following: Pray for us.

Heart of Mary
Heart of Mary, after God’s own Heart
Heart of Mary, in union with the Heart of Jesus
Heart of Mary, the vessel of the Holy Spirit
Heart of Mary, shrine of the Trinity
Heart of Mary, home of the Word
Heart of Mary, immaculate in your creation
Heart of Mary, flooded with grace
Heart of Mary, blessed of all hearts
Heart of Mary, Throne of glory
Heart of Mary, Abyss of humbleness,
Heart of Mary, Victim of love
Heart of Mary, nailed to the cross
Heart of Mary, comfort of the sad
Heart of Mary, refuge of the sinner
Heart of Mary, hope of the dying
Heart of Mary, seat of mercy

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, 
Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Immaculate Mary, meek and humble of heart.
Conform our hearts to the heart of Jesus.

Let us pray:
O most merciful God, who for the salvation of sinners and the refuge of the wretched, has made the Immaculate Heart of Mary most like in tenderness and pity to the Heart of Jesus, grant that we, who now commemorate her most sweet and loving heart, may by her merits and intercession, ever live in the fellowship of the hearts of both Mother and Son, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.