In the month of August, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Catholics reflect on the Blessed Virgin's complete submission to the will of God. Mary is the model of Christian life; if we were to live our lives as she did, we would be assured of our place in heaven.
That's why Catholics have such a great devotion to Mary. We don't worship her; nor, for that matter, do we revere her for her own sake. Like all saints, the Mother of God points the way to Christ. She just does it more completely than any other saint, and we venerate her for that.
And so this week, as we prepare to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us turn to the Mother of God in this Prayer of Intercession to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This long but very beautiful prayer draws us to Christ through Mary.