Immaculate Heart of Mary

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
—Luke 2:19 

We can approach Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is celebrated as a twin feast on the day after the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is depicted as a human heart crowned in flames (representing the intense warmth of Mary’s love for God and us), pierced by a sword (from Simeon’s prophecy in Luke 2:35 that Mary’s heart will be pierced by her Son’s redemptive suffering), and wreathed in roses (sweetness of her maternal care) that are white (purity). Often the heart is depicted with a cross-topped M that is Mary’s initial.

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