Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Feast of The Immaculate Heart of Mary

"O name of Mary! Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth, melody to the ear of her devout clients!"--Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)

"Mary is our mother, the cause of our joy. Being a mother, I have never had difficulty in talking with Mary and feeling close to her."--Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

"The contemplation of Christ has an incomparable model in Mary. In a unique way the face of the Son belongs to Mary. It was in her womb that Christ was formed, receiving from her a human resemblance which points to an even greater spiritual closeness. No one has ever devoted himself to the contemplation of the face of Christ as faithfully as Mary. The eyes of her heart already turned to him at the Annunciation, when she conceived him by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the months that followed she began to sense his presence and to picture his features. When at last she gave birth to him in Bethlehem, her eyes were able to gaze tenderly on the face of her Son, as she 'wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger' (Lk2:7)."--Pope John Pail II, APOSTOLIC LETTER ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE

Father, you prepared the heart of the Virgin Mary to be a fitting home for Your Holy Spirit. By her prayers may we become a more worthy temple of Your glory.

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