Devotion to the Heart of Mary

On 9 June 2018 we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What are the scriptural, historical, and theological foundations for devotion to the Heart of Mary? How is devotion to the Heart of Mary linked to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Which magisterial documents and liturgical expressions provide support for devotion to the Heart of Mary? The recent annual conference of the Mariological Society of America, held from May 17 – 23, 2016 at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, focused exactly on this topic. With what follows I would like to give a brief overview of the presentations given by some of this country’s most eminent Marian scholars. The theme Devotion to the Heart of Mary: Theological Foundations was chosen in light of the centennial of Mary’s Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, where Our Lady called for the consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Several papers addressed the message of Fatima. Msgr. Charles M. Mangan, spoke on “The Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of … Continue reading Devotion to the Heart of Mary