Devotion to the Immaculate Heart

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Devotion to the Immaculate Heart

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

How to Begin Your Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Today
“God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

– Our Lady to the children of Fatima, July 13, 1917

God sent Our Blessed Mother to Fatima with the message that He wants to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. God wishes to establish this devotion for a number of important reasons.

He knows that through this devotion, many souls will be saved. When the three children of Fatima were shown a vision of hell, Our Lady said to them: “You have just seen hell where the souls of sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

In his book, The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori proves that devotion to Our Lady is necessary for salvation because it is God’s Will that all graces He dispenses pass through Her hands. This is because we honor God as our Father and it is He who wishes that we honor Mary as our Mother. Not only then is devotion to Our Lady necessary for our salvation, but also, it is impossible for a client of Mary to be lost eternally if he is faithful in honoring and recommending himself to Her.

We can see then why God is anxious (so to speak) to establish devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. If we do what St. Alphonsus teaches — that is, persevere in the practice of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary — then he assures us of eternal salvation.

But having knowledge of this devotion is not enough. We must take action, which means an act of the will. And in order for us to act, we must have the grace to do it. It is this grace that Our Lord willed would come through the hands of Our Lady.

Pope Leo XIII taught that all graces that come to us, come from God through the Sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, through the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God wants us to realize that He grants all graces, including that of final perseverance, through Mary. In fact, in his book, The Secret of Mary, St. Louis de Montfort relates the teaching of St. Bernardine who says that “Mary gives to whom she wills, the way she wills, when she wills, and as much as she wills, of the graces of the Eternal Father, the virtues of Jesus Christ, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost.” That is why we can never be too gracious in lavishing our thanksgivings upon Our Lady for all the graces we receive from Her.

It makes sense then that God wants to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary because when this devotion is established, true Christian peace will reign in the world as a result of the grace of God flowing to mankind through the intercession of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

In the Message of Fatima, God is letting us know that in order to bring peace to the world, He requires of us not only our prayers and merits, but also our appeal to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

As St. Augustine says, certain favors and graces God wants to grant to men, but because men are unworthy of them, He will not grant them except through the merits and intercession of the saints. As we are told at Fatima, peace will not be granted to the world except through the intercession and merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

At Fatima, God promised that true Christian peace will be given to mankind when the Catholic bishops of the world, together with the Pope, on one special day, solemnly consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When peace is brought to the world, and people see that it came about as a result of the consecration to the Immaculate Heart, then they will realize the importance of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

As a result, very many more people will begin to practice devotion to the Immaculate Heart and many souls will thereby be saved. True peace in the world will not only mean no war, but there will also be no instigation of class struggle by militant atheists whose real purpose is slavery of the people — especially the poor — under a cruel dictatorship.

There will also be no subversion of morals and no tacit approval of crimes (such as abortion) against human rights by governments, but rather, there will be real truth, justice, and peace throughout society.

Without the grace of God, we as individuals and societies, countries, nations and states, can do nothing. We need the grace of God — which comes to us through Jesus, Mary, and the Church — to have peace in the world.


For Further Reading:

Mary’s Intercession Is Necessary for Our Salvation (Part I)
Mary’s Intercession is Necessary for Our Salvation (Part II)
Mary’s Intercession is Necessary for Our Salvation (Part III)
Basis for Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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