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Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday following the second Sunday after Pentecost)

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Gospel text (Lk 2,41-51): (…) The parents of Jesus (…) did not understand this answer. Jesus went down with them, returning to Nazareth, and he continued to be subject to them. As for his mother, she kept all these things in her heart.

The "heart"

Fr, Jordi PASCUAL i Bancells (Salt, Girona, Spain)

Today, we celebrate the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A spotless Heart, full of God, totally willing to listen to him and obey him. In Bible's language, the heart refers to a person's deepest essence, where all thoughts, words and deeds emanate from. What does emanate from the Virgin Mary's heart? Faith, obedience, tenderness, availability, spirit of service, fortitude, humility, simplicity, gratitude, and a countless rosary of virtues.

Mary's treasure is her Son, and in him she has set her heart; Mary's thoughts, words and deeds have their beginning and their end in the contemplation and satisfaction of the Lord. What does Mary keep in her heart? From the Incarnation to Jesus' Ascension to Heaven, through the bitter hours of the Calvary, there are so very many meditated and profound remembrances.

—Jesus Christ, let us beg to You to give us the joy of loving God more perfectly every day, with all our heart, as the good sons of the Virgin Mary that we are.

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