The day after the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I am going to take some of the thoughts that I wrote on the Immaculate Heart of Mary in relation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from a couple of years ago. I can't believe I started this in 2017. Time truly flies and that means we are almost home everyone!! The way things are going in the world - maybe sooner than later - but God's will be done. His will is perfect and we must surrender to it with true trust, love and confidence.
My favorite meditation on the Heart of Mary is when she carried Jesus in Her womb. Maybe because I am a mom and that is a very special and beautiful time to be so close to your child. How amazing it is to know that the Eternal Father created Mary in such a way that She would be the perfect - most perfect mother for His Son Jesus! What was expected of Her at the time of her pregnancy? The most important thing expected of any of us is -- LOVE! Just think, if all the women who have ever agreed or surrendered to have an abortion had just a spark of love for their child. NO ABORTIONS WOULD EXIST! The world has grown so very very cold. It is hard to calculate and very tragic!
The two Hearts of Jesus and Mary not only glow with a warmth of intense fire of love but they beat as one. Why? Because Mary's Will is perfectly united to that of Her Divine Son and His Will is Love. This is the reason She can give us so much. She never stopped loving and adoring the presence of God within Her. The Eternal Father should be praised constantly for the gift of these Two Hearts that beat as one. We need them and now more than ever!
Mary was the first lover and adorer of the Sacred Heart! Can you imagine the love Our Lady had for Jesus as He was first conceived in Her womb? Every mother has a profound joy to know life is growing inside her (or at least she should). This life is eternal! For Mary to know that this little life in Her was God is so profound. This oneness sets Her apart from the rest of us. She was not only conceived without sin, but She was His first tabernacle, His first lover and His first sanctuary lamp. How very special and beautiful this makes the Blessed Mother. Fragrant flowers were always before Her Son Jesus. The beautiful flowers of love and virtue and graces that other creatures of God have never possessed. The pure flame of love that came forth from Her Heart pleased and delighted the Most Triune God then and will forever!! A beautiful subject of meditation!
Jesus Who delights in being with all of us, super-abounded with delight in being with Our Mother Mary. Mary always offered all Her love, Her atonement for the sins of men, her sufferings, her grief of their ingratitude for the goodness of God - and always in a spirit of love and reparation.
Mary felt so much of the degradation of mankind since the fall. None grieved so over it, as She thought about how very beautiful God had made all of His creatures, and how terribly they had spoiled His work. Since She was without sin - these feelings were felt more keenly. Mary possessed the Sacred Heart. Both Hearts long for the salvation of mankind - for the fallen human race. They work together but not equally for our Redemption. Her will is never separated from the will of God, therefore, She is given the power to help us poor children. What a gift from God Mary is to all of us and how we should love and appreciate Her goodness to us.
What are Mary's own to learn from this thought of Mary as the perfect adorer of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? We must imitate Her and consecrate ourselves to Her care. We must keep Jesus with us at all times like She does. We can frequently go to Holy Communion or make constant Spiritual Communions. Jesus will dwell with us as long as we try to remain pure and beg Him to come to us through Her prayers. When Jesus dwells in a soul consecrated to Mary - that soul will live in imitation of Her - doing good where ever it goes.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus thirsts for souls imbued with the spirit of Mary. Mary-like souls that He can make Himself known and in whom He can repose in peace. He longs to be on Earth with Mary again in Her children. He will love to dwell in the souls consecrated to Her far more than in the cold tabernacles of our churches where He sits neglected for hours or with few adorers before Him.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, true lover of the Heart of Jesus, help us to love Jesus truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Help us to be united to Jesus now so that we will be united for all eternity!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!