Daily Archives: August 6, 2011

Immaculate Heart of Mary: The take of the “Catholic Encyclopedia”

As August is the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it might a good time investment (not more than a matter of minutes) to read the relevant entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia. It is rather well-written, concise and accessible to the everyday reader, and gives a historical perspective of the development of this devotion.

Once again, the rich tapestry of Catholic devotion is squarely put in front of the reader (with active links to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Miraculous Medal, for example).

The older I get, the more I get to understand what a wonderful gift we have in Mary. It is not that I was stupid in years past (at least, I hope not), but rather that there are certain perceptions that go deeper in one’s person consciousness as the years slowly work in him. I understand only now that the treasure that I have discovered – nay: that I am slowly discovering – would have been able to give me a vast amount of consolation in years past. In a sense, it is as if a fountain of love had been besides me all the time, but I just hadn’t really noticed that I could actually drink out of it, thinking it a beautiful, decorative garden accessory instead.

I can’t stress often enough the importance, and the benefits, of the daily recitation of the Rosary. For those who might not be familiar with this queen of Catholic devotions, there is a link on the top right-hand corner of this blog.

Happy August!


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