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Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 2014

 

 

On June 22, 2014, the ICM sisters of the Generalate community in Rome celebrated  the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the CICM fathers in their Generalate community.  The members of the Collegio CICM were there for the joint celebration for the first time.  

 

Sr. Tellie, General Councilor, gave the following reflection during the Holy Eucharist. 

The Feast of Corpus Christi follows the great Feast of the Holy Trinity, the celebration of a communion of Divine Persons in the Perfect unity of Perfect love.  This succession illustrates the profound interconnection of the fact that through our continual reception of the Eucharist we are invited to live more fully in the Trinitarian communion.  The implications of this invitation are meant to unfold into a life of continual conversion in each one of us. This conversion happens in and through the very "stuff" of the struggles and travails of our daily lives—through the mistakes, the wrong choices, the failures, and the pain, joined to Christ’s paschal mystery.  Through it all, the love of God purifies and refines us. 

Like Mary, the Mother of the Lord - and the mother of all who follow her Son - we are invited to give our own "Fiat", our "Yes" to the God of love. In this Yes, we enthrone Him in our hearts.  “Mary kept all in her heart”……what does this mean for us?

You and I in this room cannot say that all we have heard or studied is enough to claim that we have a heart and understand what it means to have a heart…a heart that enthrones all what is and what belongs to Christ within…..   “We cannot understand the things of God only with our heads, we need to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit.”  (Pope Francis in his homily in Santa Marta, Vatican Radio)

As we celebrate our joint feast day as congregations, we can only say we have or we are trying to have a heart like that of Mary.  We bear the name Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  No heart has ever loved our Lord as did the Heart of Mary. Therefore, in our desire to love Christ more, we rightly want to unite our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as her Immaculate Heart is perfectly united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The human heart of Mary, her immaculate heart, is the expressive symbol and the living reminder for us of Mary's interior life, her spirituality, a nurturing space, spirit-filled landing field of her joys and sorrows, her struggles and fulfillment, her virtues, attitudes and hidden perfections.

In this trying times when all around us seem to be dark and chaotic, through the example and with the intercession of our Blessed Mother, we are led to an ever deeper trust in the love of Christ who overcomes all of our weaknesses and makes it possible for us to accomplish what God asks of us, things we could never accomplish on our own alone.  

Mary teaches us to make our hearts like the Heart of her Divine Son. She teaches us to “hear the word of God and observe it,” so that it may take deep root in our hearts and produce there an abundance of selfless love of God and neighbor (Luke 11:28).  She reminds us to bear in our womb the mission of Christ entrusted to us.  

Truly, she belonged totally to our Lord.  She was totally His.  She was totally for Him and for the salvation of all.  She leads us to imitate her in helping people discover Christ in their lives by our humble faith, union of heart and courageous witness of life.  In Evangelii Gadium, Pope Francis reminds us – “to be missionaries is to be dangerous, not to be comfortable.” 

Mary lived a life full of joy but surely lacking in comfort; not just material comfort but in all aspects of life.  She was faced with dilemma in making choices and priorities. But she was docile to the voice within, she listens, and she acts with boldness. As our theme song goes: “…..Open our hearts and make them bold that people’s gladness and woes they may hold.”

 

Let us ask the Lord for the grace of docility to the Holy Spirit in listening to God’s will, in doing what He wants, not what we want, in being creative, acting with boldness and courage, and in being joyful religious missionaries who are truly worthy to bear the name Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  

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