“Pope Francis announced the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and asked the Blessed Mother’s help: “Guard our lives in your arms. Bless and strengthen every desire for goodness; revive and grow faith; sustain and illuminate hope; arouse and enliven charity; guide all of us on the path to holiness.”

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary reminds us that the love in Mary’s heart is a love we seek to imitate. Our generous and selfless mother shares with us many helps and graces. Her only desire is to direct us to her son, so that we might “do whatever he tells us” (see John 2:5). Consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart can only lead us more swiftly and intimately to the heart of her son. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself to you through Mary!”

–from the book Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart

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“Christ is my Spouse. He chose me first and His I will be. He made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve.”

— St. Agnes

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“Our works of charity are nothing but the overflow of our love for God. Therefore, the one who is most united to God loves others the most. To understand and practice this, we need to pray, for prayer unites us with God and overflows upon others.”

— Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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