This has indeed been a powerful spiritual weekend. June 24 was the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The next day was the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and today, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, though the actual feast day is tomorrow, Monday June 27.
St Alphonsus was a strong advocate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and has written some beautiful prayers expressing this devotion. His writings on Mary are also proof of a profound love and dedication to Our Blessed Mother. From the records we have, we don’t know for sure if St Alphonsus actually saw or venerated the icon of the Madonna of Perpetual Help in San Matteo, Rome while he was bishop. We know that he spent several weeks in a house in the Esquiline quarter close to where the icon was purportedly hidden or misplaced for many years.