This painting, Immaculate Heart of Mary OLMC, was completed in 2014 for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Diego by Smith Catholic Art. This image, along with it's companion piece, Sacred Heart of Jesus OLMC, are hoped to inspire strong spiritual devotion.
"In her Memoirs (III, 6), Sister Lucia quotes Jacinta who had just been granted a vision: 'Do you not see all those streets, all those paths and fields full of people crying out for food, yet have nothing to eat? And the Holy Father in a church, praying before the Immaculate Heart of Mary? And all those people praying with him?'
"Thank you, brothers and sisters, for being here with me! I could not fail to come here to venerate the Virgin Mary and to entrust to her all her sons and daughters. Under her mantle they are not lost; from her embrace will come the hope and the peace that they require, and that I implore for all my brothers and sisters in baptism and in our human family, especially the sick and the disabled, prisoners and the unemployed, the poor and the abandoned.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us pray to God with the hope that others will hear us; and let us speak to others with the certainty that God will help us." ~ Pope Francis, 2017 homily speaking of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima