Saturday, June 12th, 2010
Memorial of the
Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We worship the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the font of God’s incarnate love for sinful man. In venerating the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we marvel at and seek to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary’s love for God. The intimacy between the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts bears the promise for our life of love.
The following words of prayer, excerpted from Pope Benedict XVI’s Act of Entrustment and Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during his recent Apostolic Journey to Fatima, Portugal, can be made our own:
Advocate and Mediatrix of grace,
you who are fully immersed
in the one universal mediation of Christ,
invoke upon us, from God,
a heart completely renewed
that loves God with all its strength
and serves mankind as you did.
Let your presence cause new blooms to burst forth
in the desert of our loneliness,
let it cause the sun to shine on our darkness,
let it restore calm after the tempest,
so that all mankind shall see the salvation of the Lord,
who has the name and the face of Jesus,
who is reflected in our hearts,
for ever united to yours!