Meditation on the Feast of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

After we were warmed by the flame of the Holy Spirit, we are now again inflamed by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as we celebrate the feast. And the following day we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Of course, the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are marvelously interconnected, both having been passionately loving and painfully wounded by love.

Herz JesuLet us reflect on the heart of Jesus, which was pierced by the lance. Water and blood flowed from His heart (John 19: 34) and are signs of the love Jesus has for each of us… his heart beats for me, for you, for each one of us. Here we can find freshness, life, peace, compassion and mercy, especially when we experience turbulence or any kind of pain in our life. We know that His mercy is greater than our misery. His loving heart awakens in us the belief that love and sacrifice provide a strong foundation for our life as well.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary was so conformed to the will of God that she was lead solely by Divine wisdom full of simplicity and obedience. Her heart displayed her maternal protection for all children of God. She loves us with the very same love with which she loves the God-Man, her divine Son Jesus Christ. Once again, both passionately loving and reflecting each other’s heart.

Let us now consider the third heart, our own hearts, which have a special kinship with the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. What keeps our hearts from reflecting the love and compassion of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary as we relate to others? What sweetness and struggles do we experience? Imagine looking into a pool of still water and seeing your reflection. Do you see the reflection of your heart? No, because it is inside you and does not reflect anything outward.

But as the water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.

The heart is not only an important part in the functioning of your body, but it is also an important part of the functioning of your spirit. It is from that spiritual part of ourselves us where our emotions, our desires and our love are rooted. As the second reading of today’s liturgy mentions: ” Christ may dwell in your heart through faith: that you rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3: 17).

Our hearts are dwelling places for our God who is passionate and loving, and who invites us to learn from Him as we learn humility and obedience from the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On these special feast days let us conform our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and be grateful for the many lessons we have learned from them, and for all the love and compassion we have received from them. Then let us ask ourselves what will we do in return.

Let us keep ourselves close to God so that we can obtain from the Heart of Jesus the strength and enlightenment which we need for ourselves and for others - Mother Clare Pfänder-Founding Const XXXIII

May our hearts reflect the love and beauty of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, which are rooted in love, full of kindness, peace, mercy and sacrifice. These are the virtues that will keep our daily life running smoothly and will encourage us to do His will. What a blessing to have our hearts in harmony with the Hearts of Jesus and Mary so that wherever we go, we will bring their love with us.

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

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