07 Devotion to the Heart of Mary - Don Aguiar

posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:09 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 10:09 AM ]
On June 9 this year, we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What are the scriptural, historical and theological foundations for devotion to the Heart of Mary? How is devotion to the Heart of Mary linked to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Which magisterial documents and liturgical expressions provide support for devotion to the Heart of Mary?

The theme 'Devotion to the Heart of Mary: Theological Foundations' was chosen in light of the centennial of Mary's Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, where Our Lady called for the consecration to her Immaculate Heart at the annual conference of the Mariological Society of America, held in May 2016 by eminent Marian scholars.

Several papers addressed the message of Fatima. Msgr Charles M. Mangan spoke on 'The Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as carried out by the Venerable Pius XII on October 31, 1942' - which eventually included the Consecration of Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart by the Pope in union with the Bishops of the world.

Msgr Arthur B. Calkins, STD, offered a theological explanation on 'Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary'. A topic barely considered in modern theology, but strongly brought to the fore in the apparitions at Fatima and the subsequent apparitions to Sr Lúcia, the speaker showed that the devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is practised in the Church, encouraged by mystics, and sanctioned by the Holy See.

Fr Dwight Campbell, STD focused on 'Theological Foundations for Eucharistic Reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the context of messages given to St Margaret Mary and at Fatima'. His paper examined the teachings of Popes Pius XI and of St John Paul II, as well as the writings of more recent authors who have treated the topic of reparation to the Two Hearts.