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Chapter 37

The Hearts of Jesus and Mary

 

I need nothing but God,
and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus (Crucified).
—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

 

 

As we journey with Jesus on the way to Emmaus we experience the wonderful and well-balanced qualities in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The heart of the most Sacred Heart is Love.  He loves His Heavenly Father with the Love of the Holy Spirit, the Living Flame of Love.  The image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on fire and giving off light is a symbol of the Holy Spirit burning bright in His human heart.  The wisdom of the cross, symbolized by the cross and crown of thorns, is sacrificial love through which all grace and blessing come—notice His right hand raised in blessing and the other signaling the source. (1 Cor. 1:23-24)  Christ communicates this divine wisdom and supernatural love through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  She loves with a Mother’s love her adopted sons and daughters in that same Living Flame of Love from above, the Holy Spirit.  She wants us to succeed in running the race, fighting the good fight, keeping the faith until we receive a crown of glory. (2 Tim. 4:7-8)  Victory over sin and Satan is in her hands, and we will succeed in the end with her guidance and protection.  Mary contemplates the Word, Christ our Lord, in her heart and soul, filling her full of True Wisdom.  “As for Mary, she treasured all these words, dwelling on them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)  She brings “the sweet aroma of Christ” into our lives. (2 Cor. 2:15)  This fragrance of the divine presence wrapped in innocent love is symbolized by the roses around her Immaculate Heart.  The loving wisdom of God, the grace of the Holy Spirit, is given to those who give themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  “Into Your Sacred Heart, Jesus Christ Crucified, I abandon myself, now and forever, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”  Divine Providence will rule your day when you let the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary have their way.  “Do whatever he tells you,” and let Him do with you whatever He wants to. (John 2:5)  Jesus and Mary, I trust in you.

 

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