O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious Mary, Mother and Virgin: grant in thy mercy, that we who call to mind her sorrows with veneration, may obtain the happy effect of thy Passion.
O Mary in thy Nativity, pray for us who desire to imitate thee!
He alone who could understand Mary’s holiness could appreciate her glory.... In Mary, God is more glorified, better known, more loved than in all the rest of the universe. On this ground alone, according to the order of creative Providence, which subordinates the less to the more perfect, Mary is entitled to be Queen of earth and heaven....
August is devotionally dedicated to the honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Traditionally, the feast of the Immaculate Heart is celebrated on the octave of the Assumption, August 22.
Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Blessed Trinity
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, and that preacheth peace...
After describing true devotion to Jesus through Mary as interior and tender, he writes that the third characteristic of the devotion is that it is holy: