June 8, 2024, Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary,

Today, on the Saturday following the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In 1944, during the Second World War, Pius XII instituted this feast to obtain, through Mary’s intercession, “peace among nations, freedom for the Church, the conversion of sinners, the love of purity and the practice of virtue.”

At that time, Pius XII put the whole world under the special protection of Mary by consecrating it to her Immaculate Heart.

However, this devotion is not new. Simeon’s prophecy, with its representation of Mary’s heart pierced with a sword, paved the way for this devotion. The Holy Virgin “cooperated through charity,” as St. Augustine says, “in the work of our redemption.”

Today, the Immaculate Heart expresses Mary’s interior life, including her joys and sorrows, virtues, and hidden perfections. It’s a living reminder of her virginal love for God, maternal love for her Divine Son, and compassionate love for her sinful children below.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York