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The Immaculate Heart: The symbol of the Immaculate Heart , sometimes with a sword piercing it, is in reference to Simeon's prophecy in St. Luke, Chapter 32, Verse 35: And thine own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. Other times the Lily replaces the Sword, as it does here. The Sword is for sorrow, the Lily for purity and joy. Long ago, a circle of thorns used to replace the roses.

San Buenaventura declara, “que tu nombre, Oh María, no puede pronunciarse sin traer alguna gratia a aquel que lo hace con devoción.. . . permitenos, Oh Señora, que a menudo podamos acordamos de nombrarte con amor y confianza; ya que esta práctica muestra la posesión de la gratia divina, o bien es una petición para que la recobremos pronto”.

"The Spirit too helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in speech." Romans8:26


Alfred Basha illustration

Bird Tree Something so simple can create a bird. a image that you really need to look through it