OK, so I’m just a poor convert right, who even after sixteen years being a Catholic am still struggling to understand some things. I was prompted a week or so ago to begin my day as soon as I wake up to say the Morning Offering…which goes, “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer you…” and then it strikes me. I’m not really sure about this business of offering my day to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Just what is the Immaculate Heart of Mary and why does it matter?
As a Protestant we were always sort of embarrassed by the Mary thing. It was just so, well Catholic. We believed Catholics honored Mary too much. (Here’s an article on whether we do or not.) We didn’t even have her on Christmas cards for goodness sake! We had Christmas cards with open Bibles, a candle and a poinsettia. I had, of course, come to accept the Marian dogmas and devotions, but I’m still learning about it all. I understood the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and accepted it, but what was this prayer through the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not challenging the faith or doubting. Just “faith seeking to understand” and all that. I could see that it was a way for the dogma to enter into the heart of the life of prayer in the church, and that’s a beautiful Catholic thing–that prayer is doctrine and doctrine prayer, so I could see that happening, and I remembered how important the Immaculata was to St Maximillian Kolbe and thought if it was important to him then it must mean something pretty amazingly special. So in praying about it I began to understand a bit better. Read More.