We had a very beautiful Requiem Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit for my Dad Bernard Ciolek, on Friday, Aug. 23rd. Thank you all for your prayers. I will have the Gregorian Masses offered for my Dad by the Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in PA
Link below of this Carmelite Order of Priests and Monks.
Today, I would like to share the writings of St. John Eudes from his book - The Admirable Heart of Mary. He wrote about the messages of Our Lord Himself to St. Mechtilde in the 1300's. I wish to share them with you here because this is the month of the Immaculate Heart.
We cannot imagine the love Jesus had for His Mother. If we did understand this – all of us would love Our Good Queen and Mother without exception. I could never understand the Protestant idea of treating her like any other woman or the Catholic that is in agreement to this kind of thinking. Or worse, a Protestant or Catholic that wishes to treat her with contempt and/or hatred because of the love so many souls have for her.
Let us consider what Jesus has shared with St. Mechtilde in the 1300’s regarding the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lord Himself deigned to instruct her as follows:
“Thou shalt salute My holy Mother’s virginal Heart as an ocean replete with heavenly grace and a treasure filled with myriad blessings for mankind.”
“Thou shalt honor it as the purest Heart after Mine own because she was the first to take the vow of chastity.”
“Thou shalt hail it as the humblest Heart of any simple creature, for her humility drew Me from My Father’s bosom and rendered her worthy to conceive Me in her chaste womb by the power of the Holy Ghost.”
“Thou shalt reverence her Heart as supremely devout and most ardent in its desire for My Incarnation and birth on earth, because the fervor of her desires and of her longing attracted Me to her and became the cause of man’s salvation.”
“Thou shalt honor her Heart as most glowingly inflamed with love for God and man. Thou shalt salute it as the wisest and most prudent, for she kept in her Heart the memory of each event of My childhood, youth and adult life and made a most holy use of this remembrance.”
“Thou shalt greet her Heart as the most faithful, for she not only consented to permit Me, her only Son, to be sacrificed, but she also offered Me to My Eternal Father as a sacrifice for the redemption of the world.”
“Thou shalt salute her Heart as the most vigilant and most zealous for the interests of the nascent Church, for the care she took to pray unceasingly could not be disregarded.”
“Thou shalt glorify her Heart as raised to the highest degree of uninterrupted contemplation, for no tongue can worthily speak of the graces and favors that men owe to the power of her intercession.”
These are the words of Jesus Himself revealing clearly how pleasing to His Divine Majesty is the devotion to His Blessed Mother’s Holy Heart and how profitable to those who practice it.
He continues to tell her ---" I am the eldest Son of this maternal Heart and am therefore filled with the most tender and filial love for it. I am the first-born of My most worthy Mother’s incomparable Heart, as I am the first fruit of the adorable Heart of My Eternal Father. My admirable Mother formed Me and carried Me in her Heart more holily, longer and sooner than in her womb. For the sanctity of her blessed bosom has its origin in the charity and purity of her most holy Heart, and she became worthy to form and to bear Me in her womb because by humility, purity and love, she first formed and carried me in her Heart. I am, therefore, in a way, more truly the fruit of her Heart than of her womb.”
“I have given her Heart to you as a divine Sun to enlighten you through the darkness of the world, to warm you in the frosts of mortal life, to gladden and to comfort you in the sorrows, pains and miseries of earth, and to vivify and strengthen you against the decline and weakness of human frailty.
I have given the Heart of my incomparable Mother to you as a vast ocean of graces of every kind, from which you must draw the graces you need at every hour, every moment, every place and every occasion, to avoid the manifold snares of Satan, which cover the entire earth, and to be able to serve God in justice and holiness all the days of your lives.
I have finally given this marvelous Heart as an inestimable treasure containing every possible blessing. It is for you, beloved children, to engrave in your hearts a high esteem, a profound respect and a particular affection for so rich a treasure, and to preserve it jealously by the continuation and increase of your veneration for a Heart so holy and amiable.
Set down My words in your hearts and practice them faithfully. In this way, you will become the true children of my holy Mother’s Heart, and you will live according to My own. My eyes and My Heart shall ever watch over your necessities. I will carry you in My innermost Heart. You will yourselves be My Heart, My joy and My delight. I will love you as My own Heart, and I will prepare a glorious habitation for you throughout eternity in My Heart and in the Heart of My Blessed Mother, which is one with My own. You shall abide forever in our Hearts, and live by their life, you shall possess all the treasures enclosed in our Hearts, and be immersed and buried in their joys. Our Hearts shall be your paradise, the life of your life, the Heart of your heart.”
May the Hearts of Jesus and Mary be forever praised, loved and glorified now and forever by all of mankind.
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!