About Today for Saturday in the 16th week of Ordinary Time or St. Sharbel Makhluf, P or Blessed Virgin Mary

The Heart of Mary By Leopold Kupelwieser [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Saturday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost

Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Memorial

“Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19).[1]

Today is the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her pure heart holds the truth of her interior life, showing her devout love for God and her total devotion to her Son. In addition, her heart echoes the pains of this world as expressed by the Seven Sorrows; yet reminds us to be confident in her Son’s victory over sin and death. [2][3]

Today’s memorial points to the importance of spiritual contemplation. The mystery of Mary points to the mystery of Christ and when pondered together new aspects of Christ’s nature are revealed. Meditating upon her heart can open our own heart to an overflowing abundance of love for Christ. [4]

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).[5][6]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version, s.v., “Luke, The Gospel According to.”
[2] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Devotion to the Heart of Mary.”
[3] John Paul II, Address of His Holiness John Paul II to the Participants of the Study Week of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 1986
[4] John Paul II, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” sec. 9-13.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Revised Standard Version, s.v., “Corinthians, The Second Letter of Paul to the.”

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