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Month of August

'O Mary Immaculate, inflame our hearts with one ray of the burning love of thy pure heart.'

Month of August

Month of August - is the month of the Immaculate heart of Mary

It is a title that expresses how Our Lady had a Heart free from sin. But what does that mean? In the Litany of Loreto, the first of the titles describing the attributes of Mary, after titles such as ‘Mother of Divine Grace’, we find ‘Mother most pure’, almost as if this is the one that explains the others. She is Pure of heart; it is followed by mother most chaste, so we are not talking simply of chastity when we are talking of purity, rather we are talking of that simplicity of heart, that marks Our Lady and all the saints; she is not divided, as we are in our loves, in our attention, she is not distracted by desire for things other than the will of God. This is not simply about being free from sin; it is about her choice, her use of her freedom; She chose to ponder the mysteries in her heart so as better to understand and so choose the will of God, her yes to the angel had then to be lived out in the smallest aspect of her life. So often we want to keep something for ourselves, even with those we love, we need time to ourselves, but Mary gave herself completely to her Son and the will of God. St Dominic is linked to the rosary – this is how we imitate our Lady and ponder in our hearts, the mysteries just as she did. This is how our hearts also can be set free from the chains of sin to choose the will of God so that our hearts may become simple, unfettered by the desires that can crowd in on us and distract us from the will of God. The message of the Immaculate heart of Mary during August brings back to our minds the mysteries by which we are to be saved so that we can choose them and cast aside all that would distract us from his will. .