By John C. Preiss
The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a devotion that should be sought by all of us. Mary puts us in the refuge of Her Immaculate Heart. She is the Mother Of Jesus and a mother to us all. A mother’s heart is full of love, a love for her children. When we reflect on Mary, Her fullness of grace is said to emanate from the center of her being—her heart—understood both physically and spiritually. It is Mary's heart, in its created perfection, that is the source and wellspring of her purity . . . therefore her heart is called Immaculate.
This devotion has its roots in Sacred Scripture, which makes frequent mention of Mary's contemplative heart, for example in Luke 2:19:
"But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart."
In her Memoirs, sister Lucia explained, “Our Lady told us that in the July secret, God wished to establish in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart.” Our Lady said, Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart. So Three times her Immaculate Heart was mentioned in that July apparition so we know it is what our lady wants especially with the evil in our society. Our Lady said also to the shepherds, You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. It is to save them that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.
Reflecting on the June 1917 apparition, Lucia emphasized devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was essential and also Our Lady told her that “her Immaculate Heart would be my refuge and the way that would lead me to God. As she spoke these words, she opened her hands, and from them streamed a light that penetrated to our inmost hearts….From that day onwards, our hearts were filled with a more ardent love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” We can receive this gift of love from Our Lady by living out the devotion. Praying for the conversion of sinners through the rosary. Doing Penance and offering up our sacrifices and sufferings for all people. God grants us special graces through the Immaculate Heart Of Mary. Today, ask the Immaculate Heart Of Mary our Mother to pray for you, the Sacred Heart Of Jesus wants the Immaculate Heart Of Mary venerated at his side. Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on us, Immaculate Heart Of Mary pray for us!