What is meant by Her “Immaculate Heart?”
A devotion to her Immaculate Heart includes both a devotion to her physical, virginal heart, but according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, it is also a devotion to her “interior life, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for her God, her maternal love for her Divine Son, and her motherly and compassionate love for her sinful and miserable children here.”
Why Should we Pray An Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our Lord Wants us to Have a Devotion to the Immaculate Heart
On June 1917, the Blessed Virgin said to Sr Lucia,
“Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to my Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by me to adorn his throne.”
Not only should we say prayers meant to honor the Immaculate Heart like the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart, we should also do our best to spread the devotion. To honor our Lady is to honor Christ himself.
Mary’s Immaculate Heart is a loving heart indeed
“If you put all the love of the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children.” – Saint Louis de Montfort
Our Lady loves us and wants nothing more than to lead us to Her Son. Her heart is full of love for us and full of sorrow for those who reject Her Son.
Pray the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart and allow Her to lead us to Her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
An Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart
O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, I consecrate myself to thine Immaculate Heart.
I consecrate to thee my very being and my whole life; all that I have, all that I love, all that I am. To thee I give my body, my heart and my soul; to thee I give my home, my family, my country.
I desire that all that is in me and around me may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction. And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, I renew this day at thy feet the promises of my Baptism and my first Holy Communion. I pledge myself to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits a Catholic who is duly submissive to all the directions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him.
I pledge myself to keep the commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord’s Day. I likewise pledge myself to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of my life, in so far as I may be able so to do.
Finally, I promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote myself whole-heartedly to the service of thy blessed cult, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in my own heart and in those of all men, in our country and in all the world, as in Heaven, so on earth.
More on the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Catholic Encyclopedia)
- The Five First Saturdays and Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Mary’s Immaculate Heart: The Meaning Of The Devotion To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary