Dear Brothers and Sisters,
How providential to have this First Saturday on the First day of the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and also on the Feast of St. Alphonsus, who wrote “The Glories of Mary”!
…The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life…
This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart…(for more see [HERE] )(https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/08_1.cfm)
St. Alphonsus, great Doctor of the Church, has assembled in his book, “The Glories of Mary” the very finest information about Our Lady, taken from the many writings of the Saints, holy authors, and from Sacred Scripture.
From options for today’s Mass readings, let us listen and ponder Jesus’ t words in His Sermon on the Mount:
Jesus said to his disciples:
"You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.… (Mt 5:13-19)
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us that we may be as you were on earth and are now in Heaven: His Light for all to see what marvels God continues to work through you.
God forgive us our sins and enable us to offer sincere Reparation today and always for our sins and the sins of the whole world, against Your Mother and which also offend You greatly.