Catholic Pocket Dictionary – Heart of Mary Immaculate

painting of 'The Heart of Mary' by Leopold Kupelwierser, 19th century; Saint Anthony side chapel of the Church of Saint Peter, Vienna, Austria; photographed on 22 September 2013 by Diana Ringo; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

The principles on which the devotion rests are the same as those which are the foundation of the Catholic devotion to the Sacred Heart. Just as Catholics worship the Sacred Heart because it is united to the Person of the Word, so they venerate the heart of Mary because united to the person of the Blessed Virgin. In each case the physical heart is taken as a natural symbol of charity and of the inner life, though of course the charity and virtues of Mary are infinitely inferior to those of her Divine Son.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “Heart of Mary Immaculate”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>