Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

As I posted yesterday at Contemplative Haven, this year the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary seem to have an extra special significance for our times and for the darkness in the world these days.  For one thing, they are not falling in June as they usually do, and for another, they are coinciding this year with the First Friday and First Saturday of the month. I hope you will have time to read the post at Contemplative Haven as a backdrop to my post here today, because reparation is as central to the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as I mentioned that it is to the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is entirely and divinely appropriate and ordained, isn’t it, since the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts are the Two Hearts United, after all.

Mary revealed her Immaculate Heart to the children at Fatima, and it was through the Fatima apparitions that reparation came to the fore, with the institution of the First Five Saturdays.

As Father Joseph Homick wrote in his  most recent book, A Place Prepared by God [see book image in the right-hand sidebar]“Reparation to the Heart of Mary is required simply because Jesus loves her so much and will not tolerate that she be reviled by evil or ignorant people….  Now in the glory of Heaven, Jesus wants the world to know that He loves his Mother as well, and therefore that reparation must be offered by his faithful people for those who wound her heart with their sins and their callous disregard for her whom God has loved so much and exalted so highly.”  [page 210]

Of course, our Mother’s Immaculate Heart is far more than a reminder to us of the need for reparation.  As Father Joseph so beautifully put it:  “The Immaculate Heart of Mary is the place prepared by God as a refuge for his children as they make their difficult way to Heaven along the narrow and hard but life-giving path to the Kingdom.  What a marvelous place of beauty, purity, holiness and joy, and what a source of wisdom, courage, and peace!  The Lord is so good to us to share with us this treasure of his.  He knows how much we need her, even if we have not come to the fullness of that awareness ourselves.  We will find her waiting for us when we do.”  [pages 209-210]

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Last spring I was exploring the inseparableness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (which feastday was yesterday) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (which feastday is today), and posted some entries on united novenas, Two Hearts United, etc. This year the unification of the Two Hearts is still on my own heart, along with how Fatima, where Mary first revealed her Immaculate Heart (as I posted about a few days ago) plays a role in this unification.

From, “Fatima. Mary’s Immaculate Heart and Your Salvation”, by Frère François de marie des Anges (pgs. 17-18), I would like to share the following:

Thus the revelation of Fatima comes to complete that of Paray-le-Monial [where Jesus revealed His Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque], and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be joined to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, commanded three centuries ago.  Indeed, most certainly, these two devotions, as the two Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, are inseparable and could not ever proceed one without the other.  Such is the great design of our Heavenly Father for <<the last centuries of history>>:  the reign and universal triumph of Their two Hearts united.

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My friend Carol shared a link with me from the Catholic Online video section; it’s called “Our Lady Smiles”. I think it will make your heart smile too.

Our Lady Smiles

Thanks, Carol.

Dedicated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Through the graciousness of Jesus and Mary, I have been led to what I believe will be the theme song for this site:

The song is entitled “Oh, Sacred”, by Jane Chifley.  You can read more about Jane at Catholic Planet, as well as find information about her CD entitled “Heartbeats”, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  You can listen to other of Jane’s songs there as well.

Thank you to Jane Chifley for this beautiful music, and for sharing her gift and her love with all of us.

Inseparable

I have two small booklets at home by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D., one being Favorite Novenas to Jesus and the other being Favorite Novenas to Mary.

In the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one passage mentions the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother.  You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You.

In the Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we find an appeal to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Filled with confidence in your motherly Heart, which I venerate and love, I come to you with my pressing needs.  Through the merits of your loving Heart, and for the sake of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for me the favor I ask.

It’s kind of strange that I never noticed this before.  Even in novenas not written expressly to the Two Hearts, the Two Hearts are there, together.  Thank you, Jesus and Mary, for helping me to “see” this now.

Two Hearts United: One Covenant

When I posted Saniuqa’s YouTube of the Immaculate Heart of Mary back in February 2008, I was very curious about one of the quotes from Pope John Paul II:

It is my prayer that the Covenant of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary be better understood and appreciated by the People of God so as to promote authentic devotion to the Heart of the Son and His Mother in our day.

I had heard different terms and phrases used to describe the united Hearts of Jesus and Mary, but up until that point never the word “covenant” in this regard.  Looking into it further, I found some very good explanations, information and references in an article by Monsignor Arthur Burton Calkins entitled, “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Theology and Practice of Reparation”. Monsignor Calkins writes:

As Jesus’ Heart manifests God’s new covenant with his people and may even be called “our covenant with God”, so Mary’s spousal Heart is the perfect response to God’s new covenant with his people.  In a certain sense we can say that the new covenant is made in the Heart of Jesus and endorsed by the response of the Heart of Mary.  Mary has, in fact, made the response for all of us.  Hence the Pope could say on 9 June 1985, Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, let us remain in the Covenant with the Heart of Jesus”.

And what is a covenant?  A covenant is a promise; a holy promise.  As we enter into and consecrate ourselves to the Two Hearts United, we come under the cover of this Holy Covenant between Jesus and Mary to God our Father.  We come into agreement with God’s new covenant for His people, through Jesus’ manifestation and Mary’s perfect response.  As we enter more deeply into the Two Hearts, we will be called upon for our own manifestation and our own perfect response as participants in this Covenant, will we not?  Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us to become worthy. 

A United Novena

Last year, before the subject of consecration to Mary had even entered my awareness, I decided to make a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  This was something I had read about online and it captured my heart, although I couldn’t pinpoint exactly why. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus had been magnified in my life for two years previous to that point, but devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary had not yet begun. 

I found two prayers which I thought would be very good for making my novena, both of them from the EWTN website (see links below).  To be quite honest, I don’t even remember what my novena request was last year, but within the following two months I had completed my preparation and made my consecration to Mary.

Both of these prayers were written by Saint John Eudes.  In the “Dictionary of Mary”, we are told that the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary “stems from the efforts of Saint John Eudes to inspire devotion to the Heart of Mary”, and who in 1646 “won approval for a Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be celebrated locally.”  I am posting the two prayers here in case anyone else might like to use them for a novena to the Two Hearts united.


   
The Salutation to the Heart of Jesus and Mary

Hail, Heart most holy,
Hail, Heart most meek,
Hail, Heart most humble,
Hail, Heart most pure,
Hail, Heart most devout,
Hail, Heart most wise,
Hail, Heart most patient,
Hail, Heart most obedient,
Hail, Heart most vigilent,
Hail, Heart most faithful,
Hail, Heart most blessed,
Hail, Heart most merciful,
Hail, most loving Heart of Jesus and Mary;

Thee we adore,
Thee we praise,
Thee we glorify,
To Thee do we give thanks;
Thee we love,
With all our heart,
With all our soul,
And with all our strength;
To Thee we offer our heart,
We give it,
We consecrate it,
We immolate it;
Accept and possess it entirely,
And purify it,
And illuminate it,
And sanctify it;
that in it Thou may live and reign
both now and forever,
and in the ages of ages.
Amen

 

An Offering of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

O Jesus, only Son of God, only Son of Mary,
I offer Thee the most loving Heart of Thy divine Mother
which is more precious and pleasing to Thee than all hearts.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus,
I offer Thee the most adorable Heart of Thy well-beloved Son,
who is the life and love and joy of Thy Heart.

Blessed be the Most Loving Heart
and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
and the most glorious
Virgin Mary, His Mother,
in eternity and forever.
Amen.
 

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]