“Think of what the Saints have done for their neighbor because they loved God. But what Saint’s love for God can match Mary’s? She loved Him more in the first moment of her existence than all the Saints and angels ever loved Him or will love Him… Just as there is not one among all the Blessed who loves God as Mary does, so there is no one, after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does. Furthermore, if we heaped together all the love that mothers have for their children, all the love of husbands and wives, all the love of all the angels and Saints for their clients, it could never equal Mary’s love for even a single soul.”–Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, writing in The Glories of Mary
If you’re celebrating St. Valentine’s Day today, don’t forget to include Our Lady! Let’s ask her to make our hearts more like her own, so that we may love Jesus with pure hearts and souls.
(Even though the main focus today is the first Sunday of Lent, we found this picture the other day and thought it would be perfect to share with you for Valentine’s Day -technically, this image isn’t of Our Lady, but we didn’t know that when we found it.)