Memorial: Saturday after the Second
Sunday after Pentecost
After the Divine Heart of Jesus, there
is no other heart more merciful and more full of mercy than the most holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was here that the heart of the Son of God was formed and here that he rested for nine months.
Among the examples of active sympathy that the holy Mother of God has given us during her life span was the incident at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. She saw the affliction of those at the wedding, due to the lack of wine. Urged by sympathy, she spoke to her Divine Son: "Son, they have no more wine." Ever since Mary as the Queen of Heaven participates in the glory of her Son, millions of Christians in sickness and affliction have obtained help through her intercession. Mary is everywhere known as the most noble, charitable and beneficent heart, after the Divine Heart of Jesus. For this reason, the Church calls her the Mother of Mercy, the Consolation of the Afflicted, the Health of the Sick, and the Help of Christians. Consequently, to imitate this Mother of Mercy in active mercy cannot but be exceedingly pleasing to her.
Mother Alphonse Marie hopes for salvation exclusively from the mercy of God through Jesus Christ; and in the pain that constantly fills her soul, she finds peace only in the afflicted hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Prayer: O God, who prepared a fit dwelling place for the Holy Spirit in the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, graciously grant that through her intercession we may be a worthy temple of your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen