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10 Ways to embrace the Immaculate Heart of Mary this August (even with social distancing)

August is the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and this August is an especially fitting time for us to find strength in this devotion, as we handle constraints and stress stemming from health concerns, societal upheaval, and economic worries.

Many of us are, or know, someone who has been personally impacted by the coronavirus. Even as churches have re-opened, many have had to reduce their capacity, cut back on their number of Masses, and navigate postponements of cherished events. It can be surreal out there, in a masked world where friends and strangers alike are trying to stay at least six feet apart.

So what better time is there to run to our spiritual mother? We should never keep our distance from her, and are always safe in her arms. Our Lady of Fatima famously said, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” She also said, “Don’t lose heart … My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” We can put our anxieties aside by resting in Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The Memorare reminds us: “Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgins of Virgins, Our Mother.”

This month, let’s fly to our Mother’s Immaculate Heart. To help you do that, here are some ways you can do just that. Find the suggestions that are just right for you, depending on whether you’re celebrating the re-opening of your church or are under self-quarantine:

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