Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Devotion for August: Immaculate Heart of Mary
Pious tradition in the Catholic Church assigns a special devotion for each month of the year. The devotion for August is the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Devotion to the Immaculate Heart has its origin in Christian scripture.
"Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart. " ( Lk 2: 19 ) and " His mother meanwhile kept all these things in her heart. " (Lk 2:51 ) We are told in Deuteronomy that "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength." ( Dt. 6:5 )
Mary certainly followed that commandment all her life through great trials and uncertainty, even when she was very confused about what was happening to her.
Any time we are afraid, let's ask Mary to pray with us. Her advice to us is the same as it was to the servants at the wedding in Cana: "Do whatever He tells you." (Jn 2: 5)