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This is a vintage illustration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Monday, August 27, is the feast day of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. She is the patron saint of mothers, married women, abuse victims, and alcoholics. Like the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8, Saint Monica's constant prayer led her son into the Church, and he eventually became a great Doctor of the Church.Saint Monica, pray for us, especially for all who have left the Church or refuse to enter into the fullness of truth! Appropriately, the entire month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A Mother's Heart

In the Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple, Luke 2:22-40: Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, "Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed."

Following is an Act of Consecration Prayer written by the late Father William D. Dooley, O.P.:

Act of Consecration to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary

Immaculate Heart of Mary, * most perfect receptacle of the fullness of God’s grace. * Heart most loved by God and most loving of Him. * Heart most tenderly devoted to our salvation. * Heart made most sorrowful by our sins. * Heart most joyful in our charity. * I consecrate myself entirely to thee.

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, * in the fire of love which burns in thee, * may all my sins be consumed and my affections purified. * Let me, by true penitence, * draw out the painful thorns * with which I have pierced thee.

May something of the divine fire of love, * which fills thee, * enter into my heart * so that my service of the Son may be complete. * In lasting devotion to thy Immaculate Heart, * may I be willing to share its sorrows now, * so that seeing thee in Heaven, * I may possess some of the blessed joy * which thy Son imparts to it.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, * I am thine in sorrow and in joy, * in time and in eternity! * Amen.


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