In our community, August 22 tends to be one of our favorite days of the liturgical year. For on this day, Holy Mother Church celebrates two great Marian feasts.
"Mary began her journey along the road to perfection at a height to which other Saints arrived only at the end of a long life of saintliness. In all other children of Adam, original sin prevented the divine generosity from having a free course. But Mary was created without check or hindrance. Her sinlessness, her heavenly purity, directed every action, every movement to God. her Heart was the pattern and model of all virtues, of all purity! 'Blessed are the pure of heart!'" - The Roman Missal 1962 on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary