The Immaculate Heart of Mary
“If affrighted by the heinousness of your sins, if confounded by the foul state of your conscience, if terrified by the fear of the judgment to come, you are sinking down into the depths of sadness, the abyss of despair, think of Mary.” ~ St. Bernard
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the natural outcome of the worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. From her pure heart our Divine Lord got His Precious Blood, and on the same heart He reposed His sacred head in the cave at Bethlehem and on the heights of Calvary. The three Persons of the Blessed Trinity combined in the formation of this admirable heart. The Eternal Father created it a daughter’s heart, docile and obedient. The Son made it a mother’s heart, a sanctuary for Himself. The Holy Ghost bestowed on her the heart of a spouse, full of the purest and most ardent love.
For thirty years her Immaculate Heart was inflamed in the furnace of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; hence it must share in His mercy, love, and compassion; hence, too, the many wonderful conversions of almost hopeless cases, when recommended to the most pure Heart of Mary.
So. too, when the remembrance of the past makes us tremble at the judgment of the future life, let us have recourse to her heart, and she, who never rejected a repentant sinner, will welcome us and bring us to the embraces of her Divine Son.
Shed on our hearts thy heavenly radiance too;
That slaves of sin we never more may be,
But make our lives a model after thee.
Then God, Who saw thy heart so full of grace,
Will one day let us see Him face to face,
And with our Mother Mary we shall be
Near Jesus’ Heart for all eternity.”Example – Father Des Genettes
Father des Genettes was appointed parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Paris, in 1832. Finding the church deserted during the first four years after his appointment, the result of the ravages of infidelity, he prayed long and fervently for the return of his unhappy countrymen to the Faith, begging of God to show him some way to bring them back.One day, at the Sanctus of the Mass, he was overcome with grief at the fruitlessness of his efforts, when suddenly he seemed to hear an interior voice saying, “Consecrate your church to the Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Immediately his trouble and anxiety ceased, and were replaced by calm and peace.The same voice persisting in its demand, with the approval of the Archbishop, he drew up the statues of the future Archconfraternity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the first meeting he publicly demanded a miracle of our Lady – the conversion of Monsieur Joly, late Minister to Louis XVI, and philosopher of the Voltaire school, and who denied even the existence of God. The following day he was converted, and went to Confession and Communion, and persevered till death, a good Christian.
Before the good priest’s death, more than twenty million were enrolled as members of the Archconfraternity. More than three millions of pilgrims visit the church annually. About ten thousand Masses are offered on our Lady’s altars each year. The walls of the church are covered from floor to roof with the ex votos from those whose prayers were heard.