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July 2, 2016

Fr. John Eudes, OCSO
13th Saturday of June
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Rev 21:1-5a

The Holy Mother of God can be viewed from a variety of perspectives, but in a certain manner all are included in the consideration of her Immaculate Heart. The heart is a very central and essential bodily organ.  Remarkable in its functioning, it begins contracting and expanding already in the womb, and normally continues this muscular action without interruption until death. No other muscle is capable of such prolonged, uninterrupted action. On no other organ , except the brain, does our life depend so fully.

Of course, the Heart of Mary that we commemorate at this mass is considered as more than a physical organ. The bodily heart is venerated as being a symbol of her inner dispositions. She alone among all humans was so endowed with God’s grace as to be totally united with him from the moment of her conception in the womb. As we read the sparse number of passages in the New Testament that speak of Mary we soon come to realize how obscurely she lived and that our direct knowledge of her is quite limited. Over the years the Church and her holy theologians have viewed this scarcity of detailed knowledge as a challenge to explore the implications of the profound truths that are revealed. It was only in the Twentieth century that Pope Pius XII  declared

The Faith continues to evolve with time. But, as a number of Cardinals, such as Cardinal Burke, with outspoken criticism point out recently, there are truths that even the Pope cannot change in spite of some recent statements he has made.  Another Cardinal has severely warned the German Bishops that if they continue on their present course, they will be in schism.  As we offer the Eucharistic sacrifice here this morning, may our prayer for the unity  and fidelity of the Church obtain God’s grace for the abiding unity of thhe Church Jesus founded.