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By Chris Sparks (Dec 7, 2016)

Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing.
You reign now in Heaven with Jesus our King.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a feast that the Marian Fathers always celebrate with special festivities. It is the feast of their patroness, she who is also the patroness of the United States, as well. We need her intercession more than ever now.

In the year to come, we may hope to have that intercession in a uniquely powerful way, for this will be the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima. Our Lady came to the three shepherd children at Fatima to offer warnings and request the help of the Church on earth.

Among those requests: establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart. Indeed, devotion to the Immaculate Heart is the answer to the problems of the present age:

You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. [...] I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. [...] In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph
— Our Lady of the Rosary, Fatima, Portugal, July 13, 1917.

But why does this devotion to the Immaculate Heart have such power?

Because there are few forces in this universe more powerful than a mother's love for her children, especially when that mother's love is so closely united with God's own love.

In Heaven the blessed your glory proclaim;
On earth we your children invoke your sweet name.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

Our Lady's Immaculate Heart is a dwelling place for the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as her womb was in a unique way for the Son Incarnate. The Trinity indwells her heart, the very core of her being, as God intends to do for each one of us. But the Blessed Virgin has never been without that indwelling. She is Immaculate from the first moment of her conception, which means she was both spotless (without stain of sin) and also that she always was holy (she had sanctifying grace and the indwelling of the Trinity from the first moment of her existence).

Mary's Immaculate Heart, then, is in a certain sense Heaven, for there God dwells. Our Lady is the first creature in time to welcome God into her heart and remain in a state of grace, progressing in sanctity, all her life. She has always been a creature of Heaven, even in her lifetime on earth, for the Lord is with her — He has always been with her (see Lk 1:28). And more: He has always dwelt within her heart. And so, of course, when it came time for the Son to become incarnate, He came forth from Heaven through the Gate of Heaven, dwelling in the House of God — He came through Mary.

That is why the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God is so powerful, and so worthy of devotion. The Immaculate Heart houses God, who is love (see 1 Jn 4:8).

We pray for our Mother, the Church upon earth,
And bless, Holy Mary, the land of our birth.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

And so in this Advent season, this Christmas tide, this long vigil before the 100th anniversary of Fatima, let us do our part to see peace come into the world through the triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Let us commit ourselves to:

• Pray the Rosary daily in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary for peace in the world.
• Make the First Saturdays of reparation (see here to learn how. To spread the word, order our pamphlet "Five First Saturdays in Reparation to the Immaculate Heart."
• Consecrate yourself, your family, and if possible, your parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially by using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC (small group program available, as well).

Let us celebrate this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with an eye to the year to come, attending Mass on this holy day of obligation out of love for our Lord and Our Lady, asking their help and rejoicing with them in their triumph over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Let us beseech Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, to hasten the advent of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, for our poor, war-torn world needs peace so very badly.

Let us pray: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen.

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