Two Hearts United

We are fast approaching the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 30, 2008 and the Memorial for the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 31st (which happens to coincide this year with our celebration on May 31st of the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary).  Quite a special year, isn’t it?

Since I am concentrating on the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Contemplative Haven until the end of the month, it would seem logical and appropriate to focus solely on the Immaculate Heart of Mary here (after all, this is my Mary blog).  But truth be told, I find it very difficult now to meditate on One Heart without the Other, so until the end of May, the focus here will be on the Two Hearts united. 

As Dr. Mark Miravalle stated in the video in my previous post:  “When Jesus looks at Mary, He says, “Look!  That’s where I got my Sacred Heart! “  Her Immaculate Heart pumped the blood that entered Her womb that formed the fleshy Heart of Jesus.  You cannot separate the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  Theologically, sure; spiritually, never.”  

In “The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, Fr. John Croiset, S.J. writes: 

The fifth means by which we may in a short time become inflamed with ardent love for Jesus Christ, is to have a tender love for the Blessed Virgin who has such absolute power over the Sacred Heart of her Divine Son….The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary are too comformable and too closely united to each other to allow us entry into one without having the entry into the other; with this difference, that the Heart of Jesus suffers only souls extremely pure to enter into that Sanctuary, while the Heart of Mary purifies, by means of the graces she obtains, those souls that are not pure, and puts them in a state to be received into the Heart of Jesus. [pgs. 153-154] 

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2 Responses

  1. Ever since I listened to Dr Mark Miravalle’s recording I’ve been thinking over and over again of his description of Mary as God’s masterpiece, and now reading what Fr. John Croiset, S.J. says here, makes me realise more the role of the two hearts and at the same time their differences.

  2. Yes, and Fr. Croiset’s last part, about Mary purifying souls in order for them to be presented to Jesus, is exactly what we covered in both of the consecration preparations! We can see here also, although the terminology is not used, the role of Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix of all Graces.

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