The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Malvern Minute


The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 20, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Isaiah 61:9-11

Psalm – First Samuel 2

Luke 2:41-51


The parish I grew up in was Saint Mary, Mother of Jesus in Brooklyn, New York.  It was my home away from home.  Every Mass was so crowded with parishioners that we had to have additional Masses in the gymnasium.  I remember how welcoming the parish was, especially towards immigrants and toward people of color.  Saint Mary’s was an active parish that hosted teenage dances on Friday night, adult education evening classes, Vacation Bible School, Church Bazaars to raise money, and so many other activities.  My parish was very much like being at my own home because Mother Mary was there.  I haven’t been to Saint Mary, Mother of Jesus parish since I joined the Navy in 1964.  The parish web site reminded me that she, Mother Mary, is still there taking care of her children.

Where and how do we sense the love of Christ impelling us today?  We feel the need for deep peace-making, reconciliation and healing all around us.  We take this invitation on this beautiful feast day to enter into prayer surrounded by the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our heavenly Mother.  We bring to her all the needs for healing we most acutely feel; in our own lives, in our own families and for those needs in the world we live in.   We pray a daily rosary to Mary to end the Coronavirus pandemic as well as for peace and healing in our country.

Today’s Gospel narrative paints such a human picture of Mary and Joseph’s concern as parents suffering three long days of worry for their missing son.  As parents, we can feel their anxiety.  This is our mother too – who knows our boundless love for our own children and our confusion and sense of powerlessness at times to help them discern important choices and to help them trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Christ’s love impelling them in directions we don’t always understand.  Yet, we still love and support them.

It is a wonderful ministry of reconciliation God has given us as parents and as people involved with the growth and development of others.  Today, and every day, may we draw nearer to Mary our Blessed Mother to renew us in healing love to be faithful ambassadors for Christ in our homes and in our world. 

 Question of the Day:  Today will you celebrate with Mary her uncluttered-ness and her simplicity as she proclaims in her exquisite prayer, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,” and, along with her, let your word be, Yes?

Prayer:  “O Immaculate Heart of Mary, refuge for sinners, I beg of you by the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and by the graces God has granted to you since your Immaculate Conception, the grace of never going astray again.  Mother, keep me, a sinner, constantly bathed in the light of your Immaculate Heart.  Amen.”  (From Catholic Gallery)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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