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Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.

— St.Ambrose

A Perfect Union of Hearts

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A card with the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has on the flip side The Miracle Prayer. Here’s how it closes, “I consecrate myself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary united in love to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.

The Miracle prayer is available to use as a penitential prayer following the Sacrament of Confession at Toronto’s St. Michael The Archangel Cathedral.

What a beautiful way to close the Mercy poured on our soul when Christ liberates us through his priest during the Sacrament.

Pope Paul VI, in 1969, moved the celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to Saturday, the day after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. While the original date was great, close to the Assumption, placing it next door to Jesus’ heart brings out that sublime unity of Hearts.

The two feasts help our hearts draw closer to our Lord and To His Mother, whom Jesus gave to us during his last hour on the cross.

Jesus heals us, strengthens us, and changes our weak hearts with his Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Mary helps us live the same way she lived, completely given to Christ. She, though mother, nonetheless had to follow her Son as a disciple, listening, pondering, and doing what He tells all of us to do. Her words at Cana: “Whatever He tells you, do it” (Jn 2:5).

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Jesus often spoke of the heart as the source of who we are and the place from which evil or good emerges. Stressing how we tend to place so much importance on the things of this world instead of on eternal, heavenly things, he said, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Mt 6:21)

Mary is a sure guide in shaping the treasure in our hearts. When Jesus was twelve, Mary shows this. He travelled with his parents to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. On their return, they assumed he was somewhere in the group of travellers. Discovering his absence, they searched with anxiety and found him speaking with the teachers back in Jerusalem. Astounded, they asked him why he treated them with such disrespect. His explanation that he must attend to His Father’s call caused them more concern because they didn’t comprehend what he meant.

Reflecting on this, John Paul II wrote: “The revelation of his mystery as the Son wholly dedicated to his Father’s affairs proclaims the radical nature of the Gospel, in which even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom.

Mary shows us the way when we read what she did with her Son’s baffling response to her. She “treasured all these things in her heart.”

How often do we find ourselves in situations that confound us, especially within our families, when we draw close to Christ with deeper and greater docility. The gift to Him of our own heart, of our growing love for and faithfulness to His commandments, can often cause more division than union.

This division shouldn’t surprise us if we reflect on Christ telling his apostles about the inevitable opposition they will face and even more astonishingly that “…one’s enemies will be those of his household.”(Mat. 10:36).

Mary gives her Immaculate Heart to her Son’s Sacred heart, crushed on the cross by the sins of the world, covering us with Precious Blood for our healing and salvation.

The is our assurance that the division and rejection we face are only apparent, especially when our prayers for those we love are sprinkled with tears. Our Lord draws all to Himself, including our own hearts which can turn away from him in a blink.

We have the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of our Mother. When we turn to her, she will lead us in the way of love, helping us to make our home in the Sacred Heart of her Son.

From the union of those Hearts the miraculous change of our own hearts quickens.

Mary doesn’t point to Jesus who stands somewhere on a distant horizon. Because her Immaculate Heart is united to her Son’s Sacred Heart, we see Him more clearly when we turn to her. Her heart “magnifies the Lord,” therefore, our hearts resound together with one voice, “my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

As we place our fears and sorrows into her care, she will console and hide us in her protective arms, all the while making the face of Christ visible in the consolation. In the agony of our trials, we have a Mother who had her Immaculate Heart pierced with the sword of sorrow. She knows how to console and how to ask Jesus for the help we need.