Did you know that each month has a traditional Catholic devotion? This year, let’s focus on each devotion month-by-month to grow in our faith and traditions! Make yourself notes, write it on your calendar, and pray a specific prayer each day of the month to remember. You could use a prayer already associated with the devotion or pray a personal one.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is surrounded by a saintly glow. Her heart is crowned with flowers, pierced with a sword, and has the Holy Spirit’s fire flowing out of it. It is certainly full of grace, purity, and carries sorrows of Christ’s Passion.

We sin because we love something, at least temporarily, more than we love God. This month it’s time to ask Mary’s intercession for a pure heart. Just like Mary was a tabernacle, sacred and pure, for Our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to be temples of the Holy Spirit: St. Lucy is quoted, “Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.”

Mary, Immaculately Conceived, was pure and saw God Incarnate. As Matthew 5:8 tells us, the pure in heart will see God. I would even say that we can see God in others who are pure in heart.

Draw her heart on your calendar and anywhere else to remind you of this month’s goal: a pure heart!

Reflection Questions:

1.      What would your heart look like if it was drawn?

2.      What in your heart do you need a mother’s help mending?

3.      Who do you know who reminds you of Mother Mary’s love most?

4.      Whose pain pierces your heart?

5.      Do you have a heart like Christ?

Challenge: Draw your own heart like the saint you want to become. Attend Mass on a feast day listed below. (I suggest a special effort to receive Holy Communion August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.) Most importantly, go to confession and confess anything and everything impure in your heart.

August 1: Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori

August 6: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord https://catholic-link.org/transfiguration-teaches-divine-love-gospel-reflection/

August 8: Memorial of St. Dominic

August 10: Feast of St. Lawrence (deacon and martyr)

August 14: Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe, https://catholic-link.org/the-tireless-apostle-maximilian-kolbe/ https://catholic-link.org/saint-maximilian-kolbe/

August 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, https://catholic-link.org/feast-assumption-mary/

August 20: Memorial of St. Bernard https://catholic-link.org/in-the-fullness-of-time-the-fullness-of-divinity/

August 21: Memorial of St. Pius X

August 22: Memorial of Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary https://catholic-link.org/the-king-of-rock-n-roll-sings-to-mary/

August 24: Feast of St. Bartholomew https://catholic-link.org/quiz-what-happened-apostles/

August 27: Memorial of St. Monica

August 28: Memorial of St. Augustine, https://catholic-link.org/too-late-did-i-love-you-st-augustine/ https://catholic-link.org/our-desires-will-be-completely-fulfilled-in-the/ https://catholic-link.org/11-quotes-saint-augustine-essential-for-our-christian-life/

August 29: Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist