Today is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
St Annibale once explained:
“In her Immaculate Heart, I see, engraved with golden characters, all the words uttered by our Lord Jesus Christ. I consider how true is the saying of the evangelist St Luke, Mary, on her side was persevering all these things and meditating them in her heart (Lk 2;19,51). Thus it is impossible for us not to find imprinted in her heart, with heavenly characters, the words coming from the divine zeal of the Heart of Jesus: Pray therefore to the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into His Harvest. Indeed Mary Most Holy accepted this divine command in her Immaculate Heart and accomplished it.”
Mary is the Mother of each vocation, she who is the first “called” and the first “redeemed”, is also the first “collaborator” of the Redeemer. She is always “in intimate communion with Christ”, she, the Virgin Mother, “was the creature who most of all the others has lived the full truth of vocation because none like her has answered with such great love to God’s immense love.”
Mary is thus the model of the obedience to the divine command, since through her prayer, she obtained the Redeemer and cooperated with him for the salvation of souls, becoming universal mother and queen.
Excerpt from Mary, Queen and Mother of Evangelical Rogation
Let us pray with St John Paul II:
We turn to you, Mother of the Church. Through your fiat you have opened the door which makes Christ present in the world, in history, and in individual lives. In humble silence and in total availability you welcomed the call of the Most High.
May there be many men and women who come to know, in our days, the invitation of your Son to “Follow me!” May they find the courage to leave family, work, earthly hopes, and follow Christ along the road that he trod.
Stretch out your motherly hand over missionaries everywhere in the world, over the men and women religious who assist the aged, the sick, the disabled, the orphaned; over those engaged in teaching; over the members of the Secular Institutes, hidden workers for good; over those whose lives of faith and love within cloisters, pleading for the salvation of the world.
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