Immaculate Heart of Mary
By Deacon Turf Martin
Full of grace by the power of the Holy Spirit, preserved from sin and the corruption of death according to the dogma of the Assumption, (C.C.C. # 2853) the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary culminates all that has been progressively revealed to the Holy Catholic Church regarding her beauty, her honors and her glories. To no other creations has the Lord God given so great honors and glories as He has bestowed upon the Heart of Mary.
Defining the meaning of the word “heart,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The spiritual tradition of the Church also emphasizes the heart, in the biblical sense of the depths of one’s being, where the person decides for or against God.” (C.C.C. # 368) while the heart of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a symbol of human love that comes from the depth of her whole being, a love which cannot be classified as Divine love, it is the highest of the most pure love that can be found within a human being. Immaculate in nature, it is a self- giving love that humbly seeks to obey and serve in accordance with the righteousness of God.
Through her immeasurable self-giving love, the Immaculate Heart of Mary has never ceased to intercede for the children of God, seeking to direct every soul towards her beloved Son Jesus. What she could not do on earth as a mother of mankind whose love surpasses time and space, by the grace of the Heavenly Father, she has been granted the joy of doing it from Heaven.
Next to Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the Heavenly Father’s greatest fountain of grace. From her heart flow countless physical and spiritual blessings and healings. Indeed there is truth to the word, “To Jesus, through Mary.” To touch the heart of Jesus, you must first touch the heart of Mary. If the eyes of your heavenly mother favor you, how could the eyes of her Son not favor you? Surely, recognizing the Spirit filled wisdom of His Mother, the Lord will welcome you as a member of His family.
Today, let us be thankful to God for the priceless gift of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to the world, to the Catholic Church and to each and every one of us. To many, the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the only comfort in these needy days of the Church and in times of personal needs.