Today is First Friday and I am going to quote from the Society of the Sacred Heart's Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we used last on the First Saturday of April but has stayed with me during these days of meditation on the Passion. In this prayer, we call Mary the Mother of Holy Hope and ask her to set her Divine Son as a seal upon our hearts and upon our arms, that we may live and act by Him and for Him alone. Before this, we have asked for a love strong as death, which will separate us from all that is not God; a love so generous in its conformity to the good pleasure of God, that is may transform us and give us new life; a love so ardent that it may enkindle the souls of those confided to our care; a love so insatiable that all work and suffering may be as fuel to feed its flame until our last breath.
Let us go with Mary into the whole mystery of the Passion and Death of Her Divine Son. She is the Mother of Holy Hope and the mother of each of us.