J.M.J. What is the goal of this enterprise? A fresh beginning within us and within our homes, schools and workplaces as we express our gratitude to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and our fervent desire that we may always live under Their sure guidance and protection!
Regardless of our vocation, our past and the often frightening times in which we live, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 6:2)
Let us acknowledge the embrace of the Two Hearts, consecrate ourselves to Them and enthrone Their Sacred Images wherever we are, confident that “our commonwealth is in Heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will change our lowly body to be like His glorious Body, by the power which enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” (Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 3:20-21)
Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity Who became man. He is one Divine Person with two natures, one divine and the other human. Because He is true God, He deserves the same adoration that is offered to the Father and to the Holy Spirit.
In The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (La Crosse, Wisconsin: Marian Catechist Apostolate, 2010), which was edited and published under the direction of His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, we read about the infinite love that the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has poured out through the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar:
In His fourth apparition to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Our Lord revealed His Sacred Heart, declaring: “Behold this Heart which has so loved men that It spared nothing, even going so far as to exhaust and consume Itself, to prove to them Its love. And in return I receive from the greater part of men nothing but ingratitude, by the contempt, irreverence, sacrileges and coldness with which they treat Me in this Sacrament of Love. But what is still more painful to Me is that even souls consecrated to Me are acting in this way (Devotion to the Sacred Heart, p. xxvii). [page five]
Veneration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Ever-Virgin Mother of God, who is Mary of Nazareth, merits our veneration because of her singular role in the life of her Divine Son Jesus Christ and in the lives of His brothers and sisters. Our Blessed Lady is our Mother! Her indescribable fidelity to Christ summons our devotion, love and imitation.
There was—and remains—a strong link between Christ and His Chaste Mother. Jesus, the Son of God, is the Son of Mary.
When Mary uttered her history-altering fiat, she gave permission for the Logos—the Eternal Word Who is the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity— to take her flesh and dwell in her virginal womb. The physical body of Jesus came from stainless Mary. Truly, the Body of Christ derived from the Body of Mary.
But even before the Annunciation, Mary was filled with the supernatural virtue of charity at the moment of her Immaculate Conception. Charity is the virtue that renders one most like God. Of course, Jesus was rooted in charity because He is God. That charity united Mary and Jesus.
The Heart of Christ was Our Blessed Mother’s source of strength. She fulfilled God’s mysterious plan for her life by accepting sanctifying grace—“God’s life”—that only comes from the Lord. Mary enjoys unsurpassed physical access to her Son in Heaven. She also has unparalleled spiritual access to Him because of her unceasing prayer directed towards Jesus.
Without exaggeration, we may assert: all that Mary accomplished was first inspired and completed in the Heart of Jesus.
Our Lady leads us to adore her Son. Our genuine veneration of the Madonna ends in sincere adoration of Jesus. In Mary in Our Life (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1954), Father William George Most, Ph.D., wrote that Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) declared in his encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor (May 8, 1928) the importance of authentic devotion to the Most Sacred Heart. “True devotion to the Sacred Heart consists in two things, which can readily be reduced to one— consecration and reparation” (page 205). Consecration means that we “dedicate ourselves and all that we have to the Divine Heart of Jesus” (ibid.); by our love we return to the Creator the love that He bestowed on us. Following consecration is reparation, which is necessary “if that Uncreated Love (that is, God Himself) has been neglected by forgetfulness or violated by offenses” (page 206).
It is through the Ever-Virgin that consecration and reparation are made. Pope Pius XI penned: “May the most gracious Mother of God smile upon and favor these our prayers and undertakings, she, who since she brought forth Jesus the Redeemer for us, nourished Him, and offered Him as a Victim at the Cross, and is called the Reparatrix, in virtue of her intimate union with Christ, and an altogether singular grace of His” (page 207). His Holiness prayed: “Loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation. . . “ (page 208).
Father Most maintained: “Thus it is clear that our need of Mary will never end; she is the Mediatrix of All Graces; all (graces) descend to us through her. And the way for us to ascend to the Sacred Heart of Christ is through the Immaculate Heart of His Mother: ad Cor Jesu per Cor Mariae!” (page 211). To the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary!
Father Most argued that since the two Hearts are so aligned, then they “should also be closely united as objects of our devotion” (ibid.). We adore the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and we venerate the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We cannot help but to draw the conclusion that seems very obvious: the Pure Immaculate Heart constantly beats in unison with the Most Sacred Heart, given the similitude between Mary and Jesus.
Although we do not measure up to Our Lady’s outstanding holiness, may our hearts beat in union with the Two Hearts!
Consecration to the Two Hearts
Many spiritual authors have spoken of consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We surrender ourselves to Christ and to His Mother, aware that They know what is best for us and wish that we live in union with Them. We earmark all that we are and have to Jesus and Mary, confident that They will take care of us.
Enthronement of the Two Hearts
Reminders are very helpful to us. The Enthronement of the Two Hearts is our homes, schools and workplaces bring again to our attention that we have invited Our Lord and Our Lady to exercise His Lordship and her Queenship over us.
The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus offers to us a look at how the venerable “Apostle of the Enthronement,” Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC. (1875-1961) explained the Enthronement. His words seem to apply also to the Enthronement of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
By means of the Enthronement, Jesus really enters the home to have a part in and guide the whole life of the family. His love becomes the soul of both parents and children and His Heart their shrine (p. 130). [page eleven]