Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In a homily given at Zakopane, Poland on 7/7/97, Pope John Paul II observed:
The Immaculate Heart of Mary, which we commemorate today in the Church’s Liturgy, was opened to us on Calvary by the words of the dying Jesus: “Woman, behold your son!’. Then he said to the disciple: Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (Jn 19:26-27). At the foot of the Cross Mary became the mother of all those redeemed by Christ. Under her maternal protection she took John and she takes every human being. From that time on, the greatest concern of her Immaculate Heart is the eternal salvation of all men and women.
Today let’s ask the Blessed Mother to place us under her protection and bring us closer to her Son, Jesus.