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Mary Stored Up All These Things in Her Heart

June 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial

Mary Stored Up All These Things in Her Heart*
Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mary Kept All these Things in Her HeartAs Mary contemplated all she had come to know through reading, listening, and observing, she grew in faith, increased in merits, and was more illuminated by wisdom and more consumed by the fire of charity. The heavenly mysteries were opened to her, and she was filled with joy; she became fruitful by the Spirit, was being directed toward God, and watched over protectively while on earth.

So remarkable are the divine graces that they elevate one from the lowest depths to the highest summit, and transform one to a greater holiness. How entirely blessed was the mind of the Virgin which, through the indwelling and guidance of the Spirit, was always and in every way open to the power of the Word of God. She was not led by her own senses, nor by her own will; thus she accomplished outwardly through her body what wisdom from within gave to her faith. It was fitting for divine Wisdom, which created itself a home in the Church, to use the intervention of the most blessed Mary in guarding the law, purifying the mind, giving an example of humility and providing a spiritual sacrifice.

Imitate her, O faithful soul. Enter into the deep recesses of your heart so that you may be purified spiritually and cleansed from your sins. God places more value on good will in all we do than on the works themselves. Therefore, whether we give ourselves to God in the work of contemplation or whether we serve the needs of our neighbor by good works, we accomplish these things because the love of Christ urges us on. The acceptable offering of the spiritual purification is accomplished not in a man-made temple but in the recesses of the heart where the Lord Jesus freely enters.


*From a sermon by Saint Lawrence Justinian, bishop, as found in the Second Reading for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours.


Immaculate Mary, meek of heart, conform our hearts to the heart of Jesus!
(From the Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
ascribed to Blessed John Henry Newman)

Art: Partial restoration of Maria mit flammendem Herz (Mary with Flaming Heart), Anonymous, 18th century, author’s life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • 7cathy17

    Sometimes being the Mother of God we forget that Mary is perfect creature,which we all aspire to be. This is the easiest presentation I have read of what it is to be like Mary.I just fell into the words and they became my own.Blessings on this Feast Day.?

  • Jo Flemings

    I most appreciate the phrase here: “God places more value on good will in all we do than on the works themselves.” This encourages me a great deal- I often struggle with all kinds of interior mixed messages as my intentions are being purified at various points in my spiritual life. It is always a relief to come back to this refrain and to know God values it, even when it is hard won, ‘I want what You want, the way that You want it, for as long as You want it, Lord.’

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