Immaculate Heart of Mary
The memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary gives way this year to the Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist.
And yet on this Saturday, what keeps us from honoring the heart of our Mother, so closely united to the heart of the Son, whose heart was formed from her virgin flesh and humanly nurtured by her maternal love and care. Saint Augustine says that before Mary bore Jesus in her womb, she bore him first in her heart.
Let us ask Our Lady that she may form us after the Heart of her Son, so that we who bear him in our flesh in the Eucharist, may bear him also in our hearts. Let us ask Our Lord that we may have a heart like Our Lady: always treasuring God's words, bearing the sword of sorrow with faith and hope, rejoicing in God with great love and confidence!