CONSECRATION TO THE TWO
HEARTS IN THE LIGHT OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
Mother Adela, Foundress SCTJM
of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret at Paray le Monial
apparitions, Jesus revealed His Heart and asked for the propagation
of the devotion to His Sacred Heart and the practice of the First
Virgin revealed Her Immaculate Heart and expressed Her desire that
the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart and the First Saturday devotion
of reparation be established.
(May 18th, 1936):
asked Jesus why Russia would not be converted except through its
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Jesus responded,
“Because I desire My Church to recognize this favor as a triumph
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and, in this way, to extend the
devotion to her Immaculate Heart together with my Sacred Heart.”
the Immaculate Heart is the condition for the conversion of Russia (and
the end of religious persecution). Jesus said, “I desire My Church
to recognize this favor as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
and in this way, to extend the devotion to her Immaculate Heart
together with my Sacred Heart.” After recognizing the triumph of
the Immaculate Heart over atheism, there should be thus established
the devotion to the Two Hearts. Why? Could it be because the
second part of the promise is that a time of peace will come to the
world and that this should be obtained through the triumph of the
Two Hearts? In other words, through the reign of these Two Hearts
in our own hearts?
Even though the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary have been venerated together for many
centuries (beginning in a great way by St. John Eudes [1601-1680]
who was hailed by Pope XIII as the “Author of the Liturgical Worship
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Holy Heart of Mary” in 1903), it
seems that the Holy Spirit has been speaking to the Church,
revealing to us that a new Era of the Two Hearts is being initiated.
THE UNION OF
THESE TWO HEARTS
The Heart of
Mary is the heart of a creature, and the Heart of Jesus is the Heart
of God-made-man. Between these two Hearts there are impressive
Eudes: “What union, what
intimacy, what understanding and correspondence between these two
Hearts… The Holy Heart of Mary was, therefore, always intimately
united with the Sacred Heart of Her divine Son…She always desired
what He desired and also consented to act and to suffer so as to
fulfill the work of our redemption” (cf. The Admirable Heart of
Mary). Moreover he says, “These Hearts have been so united
that they are a single Heart in sentiment, affection and will. In
addition, Jesus lives and reigns so fully in the Heart of Mary that
He is truly the soul of Her soul, the spirit of Her spirit and the
heart of Her Heart” (The Sacred Heart of Jesus).
which is testified in Sacred Scripture and in the Tradition of the
Church, Servant of God John Paul II has called, “Alliance of the Two
Hearts.” Alliance means profound and indissoluble union.
By the power of
the Holy Spirit, Mary conceived in her womb God-made-man. From that
moment, the Heart of Jesus would be eternally united to the Heart of
Mary. Both Hearts would beat with a single beat. They would love,
feel, suffer and desire with the same beat. “The bond of unity
that was created between the Mother and the Son when Mary bore Him
under Her Heart, in Her womb, will continue, in both of them, always”
(John Paul II, Homily, August 18, 1991). Furthermore, he wrote,
“From the very moment when the Word was made flesh beneath the
heart of Mary, there has existed, under the influence of the Holy
Spirit, an enduring relationship of love between them” (Letter
to Cardinal Jaime Sin, Sept. 8, 1986). And, “It is under
Her Heart that the Heart of the Word made flesh began to beat” (cf.
John Paul II, Angelus, June 24, 2002).
Presentation and the Prophecy
We see, when
the Child is presented to the temple, that Simeon gives a prophecy
to Mary: “this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in
Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted…and you yourself
a sword will pierce” (vs. 34-35). Where is this prophecy
fulfilled? Each time that the Heart of Jesus is pierced by pain,
ridicule, rejection, coldness, rebellion, the Heart of Mary is also
pierced. All that is done to the Heart of Jesus is also done to the
Heart of Mary, and all that is done to the Heart of Mary is done to
the Heart of Jesus. In Fatima, the Blessed Virgin asked that the
Lord not be offended anymore, and that instead He be consoled. In
Pontevedra, Jesus asked Sr. Lucia that His Mother not be offended
anymore and that the thorns that were embedded in Her Heart by the
sins of the world be removed.
culmination of this union is at the Cross. How is it that
Mary’s Heart was also pierced if She did not receive physically the
sword of the centurion? This can only be explained in the light of
the mystical and supernatural communion of their Hearts. This
complete unity did not end at the Cross; it was manifested so that
we could comprehend it, but it will continue eternally. Servant of
God John Paul II, on September 15, 1985 said, “The definitive
union of the Heart of Jesus and of Mary was sealed in Calvary” (cf.
Angelus Message, no.4). Why? Because covenants are always sealed
with a sacrifice. They are sealed with the Blood of the Heart of
Jesus and with the tears of the Heart of Mary. (The Blood and water,
in addition to representing the sacraments of the Eucharist and
Baptism, also represent the sacrificial union of the Two Hearts.)
that have been spiritually and physically united on earth – in love,
in the redeeming mission, in suffering and sacrifice, in their
palpitations of love for God and humanity – are also united in
glory. Precisely in virtue of the Resurrection and the
Ascension, and in virtue of the Assumption of Mary, the only two
persons who are in Heaven in body and soul are Jesus and Mary. The
only Hearts in Heaven with both their human and spiritual
plentitudes are the Two Hearts. “If, then, we have died with
Christ, we…shall also live with him” (Rom 6:8). This Scripture
verse is applied in a particular way to the Blessed Virgin who,
experiencing in Her Heart a spiritual death on Calvary, also
experiences now in Her Heart the glory, the life, and the joy of
being eternally united with Her Son.
We can see the
unity of the Two Hearts beginning at the Annunciation, culminating
on Calvary, and being rewarded in Heaven. This is why the prayer of
the Holy Rosary is so important in order to grow in contemplation,
communion and imitation of the Two Hearts. Through the Joyful,
Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious mysteries of the lives of Jesus
and Mary, the unity of their Hearts is clearly manifested. The Holy
Rosary leads us, through the Heart of Mary, to communion with the
Heart of Jesus in all of its mysteries.
THE HEART OF
MARY LEADS US TO THE HEART OF JESUS
22, 1986, the Holy Father stated, “It is with regard to her
special role in her Son’s mission that devotion to Mary’s Heart has
prime importance, for through love of her Son and of all of humanity
she exercises a unique instrumentality in bringing us to him” (Address
to the International Symposium on the Alliance of the Hearts of
Jesus and Mary, no.3).
The Holy Father
tells us that Mary is a unique instrument to lead us to Jesus and it
is from this understanding that we comprehend the reason, purpose
and end of the consecration to the Heart of Mary. On May 13, 1982,
John Paul II in Fatima said, “To consecrate the world to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary means to lead it to the foot of the Cross
of Her Son. It means to consecrate the world to the Pierced Heart
of Jesus, thereby bringing it back to the fountain of its redemption”
consecration is that of Saint John at the foot of the Cross:
“Behold your Mother” (Jn 19:27). When Jesus said, “‘Woman, behold
your Son,’ He opened, in a new way, the Heart of the Mother. A few
moments later, the solider pierced the Heart of Jesus; with these
words, the Heart of Mary was opened to receive those whom the
Pierced Heart of Christ was to reach with His redemptive power. The
Heart of Mary was pierced by the same love for man and for the world
with which Christ loved man and the world, offering Himself on the
Cross” (cf. John Paul II, Homily, May 13, 1982, no.7)
At the foot of
the Cross, Christ confided the beloved disciple – and in him, the
entire Church – to the maternal care of Mary, so that what She has
done with him, She may now do with the mystical Body. “In John
the beloved disciple, each person discovers that they are the son or
daughter of her who has given the Son of God to the world” (cf.
John Paul II, Homily, September 15, 1988, no.9).
son.’ It can also be said that these same words fully show the
reason for the Marian dimension of the life of Christ’s disciples.
This is true not only of John, who at that hour stood at the foot of
the Cross together with his Master’s Mother, but it is also true of
every disciple of Christ, of every Christian. The Redeemer entrusts
his mother to the disciple, and at the same time he gives her to him
as his mother. Mary’s motherhood, which becomes man’s inheritance,
is a gift: a gift which Christ himself makes personally to every
individual…At the foot of the Cross there begins that special
entrusting of humanity to the Mother of Christ” (John Paul II,
Redemptoris Mater, no. 45).
Here is the
Heart of your Mother! In Pontevedra this Heart was surrounded with
thorns. Behold your Mother! In Golgotha this Heart was pierced.
Both on Calvary and in the apparition of Pontevedra, Jesus directs
our attention to the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary. The
suffering Heart of Mary reveals the unity She has with the Heart of
Christ. Therefore, we ought to enter, entrust and give ourselves to
this Heart as the sure path to reach the Pierced Heart of Christ.
“Mary directs all things to Her Son. Therefore, by entrusting and
consecrating ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we discover
the sure path to reach the Sacred Heart of Christ” (cf. John
Paul II, to the International Symposium on the Alliance of the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary, September 22, 1986, no.3).
Heart will be your refuge and the path that will lead you to God” (Words
of Our Lady to Lucia in Fatima, June 13, 1917).
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DEVOTION TO THE TWO HEARTS
Devotion to the
Two Hearts consists in two forms of offering: consecration
This means to belong to the Heart of Mary and to take it as a sure
path to belong to, live, love and serve the Heart of Jesus. These
Two Hearts lived united in their love to the Father and to humanity.
The Heart of Mary is the channel through which the saving graces of
Christ come to us. By the power of the redemptive sacrifice of
Christ, the world and man have been consecrated to God. Now we must
all freely accept this grace and assume all of its efficacy and
this Third Millennium, in which we celebrate the Jubilee of
Redemption, we ought to go to the fountain of that Redemption: the
Pierced Heart of Jesus, from which pour forth blood and water for
our liberation from sin and for the purification of all of our
impurities; it is the open fountain of salvation. More than ever,
the world is in need of going to the fountain opened on Calvary –
the Heart of Christ – because the modern world needs to return to
God, to repent, and to experience a profound conversion, freedom and
purification. And together with this Heart, we will find the
Immaculate and Pierced Heart of Mary. We arrive at this fountain of
salvation, which is the Heart of Christ, through the Heart of Mary
Most Holy. The world needs to go to the Heart of Christ to repent.
the Pierced Heart, “they returned beating their chests” (Lk 23:48).
“And when I am
lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself” (John
“Every eye will
see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth
will lament him” (Rev. 1:7).
“On that day
there will be an open fountain for the House of David and for the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, to wash away their sin and impurity. On
that day I will rid this land of the names of its idols and free it
from the spirit of impurity” (cf. Zech 13:1-2).
The power of
redemption is infinitely superior to all the evil in humanity and in
the world. The graces that pour forth from the Heart of Jesus are
much more powerful than all the evil in the modern world. By
entering into these Two Hearts, we accept with gratitude and
reverence all of the redemptive power of the love and sacrifice that
these Two Hearts have suffered, united on the Cross, for the
salvation of man. Jesus desires to make us participants in His
Divine Life, His grace, His power, His peace and His virtues. In
the Heart of Jesus we find the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven
because the Kingdom is in the Heart.
Heart has an open wound that awaits a humanity that is tired from
walking its own path and rising from its falls. The wound of His
pierced Heart is the open door through which we can enter the only
place of rest for our souls; it is the only place of refuge from our
enemies of the devil, the flesh and the world. “Come to me, all you
who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28).
Servant of God John Paul II reaffirms this: “The Heart of Jesus
is our only goal and our only point of arrival.” (Homily, June
28, 1984, no. 3)
We all know
that we are living in very difficult times, times of great
confrontation between life and death; between darkness and the light;
between the enemies of the Church and the Church of Christ; between
lies, confusion and rebellion and the truth; between the authentic
Gospel and lack of orthodoxy; between the Woman and the Beast.
The great battle of these times is for the heart of man. The
heart of man belongs to Jesus or to the devil. The devil wants to
win, wants to conquer the heart of man, and for this reason we must
now, more than ever, proclaim and promote the triumph of the Two
Hearts in the hearts of men.
during the Last Supper, in the revelation of the painful and dark
“hour” that was approaching, St. John, the beloved disciple who
represents the Church (i.e. all those believers who accept and value
the love of Jesus), reclined on the Lord’s chest, on the Heart of
the Lord. In this difficult hour, the Church, who is the spouse of
Christ, also ought to rest on the Heart of her Spouse, seeking light,
grace, wisdom, consolation, strength, communion, refuge, security,
courage and its all. And at the same time, it should desire to hear
the beatings of love, pain and desires of the Lord; in this way, she
will walk the path of the Lord.
Servant of God
John Paul II proclaimed with great conviction the need of an intense
and new evangelization for the last decade of the year 2000. He did
not grow tired in proclaiming that the Church will enter into an era
of great splendor, but only after a great battle. During the
Pentecost of 1998, he told us three times that it had begun.
What was his
strategy? It was to consecrate the entire world, each place he went,
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that She may reign and lead us to
the Reign of the Heart of Christ. Only the Blessed Virgin –
immaculate, always docile to the revelation of God, faithful servant
of God to the end, and She who accepts all the consequences of this
faithfulness – can step on the head of the serpent, which is
manifested in these modern times by secularism, atheism, practical
apostasy, indifference, coldness, violence, and rebellion to the
teachings of the Magisterium. But there is hope because we have
both the promise of the Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary that His
Kingdom would come and the promise of the Heart of Mary to the
children of Fatima that She would triumph in the end.
authentic devotion and consecration to these Two Hearts, we can
hasten the day of their final triumph and their Reign. To the
extent that we allow them to triumph and reign in our hearts and in
our lives, we can promote and help extend the triumph and reign of
Jesus and Mary in the hearts of all men.
REPARATION OF FIRST FRIDAY AND FIRST SATURDAY
Since the heart
of man seems to have become hardened, closed to grace, and opting
for the ways of sin, rebellion, disobedience and rejection of the
Love of Jesus and His plan of salvation, more than ever, we need to
pray for the rectification of the conscience of humanity; we need to
pray for the conversion of sinners; and we need to repair for our
own sins and those of the entire world.
The angel of
Fatima told the children,
“What are you doing? Pray, pray much. The Hearts of Jesus and
Mary have designs of mercy upon you. Offer prayers and sacrifices
constantly to the Almighty.” (Apparition, Summer 1916) The angel
gave three lessons to the children, showing them the perfect manner
God is offended by sin;
therefore, we need to make prayers of reparation.
The angel taught them
importance of sacrifices in reparation for sin; therefore, we need
to make sacrifices of reparation.
The angel emphasized
the importance of being in communion with the Eucharistic sacrifice;
therefore, we need to have a communion of reparation.
The fruit of
these experiences of reparation is peace. We are being taught that
peace comes from reparation. These prayers and communions of
reparation of the First Fridays and Saturdays are the sure manner in
which humanity will enter into the only place where peace is found
and whose fruit is peace: the Heart of Christ. In fact, when
Christ revealed His pierced Side, He told the Apostles, “Peace!” (cf.
the Communion of Reparation to the Two Hearts
Prayer and meditation of the
Holy Rosary. With the Rosary, we enter with the Heart of Mary
into the mysteries of our Redemption.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
and examination of conscience. They are important means of
conversion and repentance.
The reception of Holy Communion
in reparation for the sins of the world and for the offenses
made against the Two Hearts; this brings grace and mercy into
Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament. In Adoration we are in the presence of Christ to love,
adore, and believe for those who do not do so.
Our Lord has
asked that the devotion to the Heart of His Mother be extended along
with the devotion to His Sacred Heart. The Church has responded to
this petition by placing the liturgical feast of the Immaculate
Heart of Mary the day after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of
Jesus. Two years ago, the Holy See responded to a petition by the
bishops to promote the alliance of the Two Hearts and elevated the
feast of the Immaculate Heart to the same liturgical rite. This
feast presents this devotion together once a year. But the devotion
to the communion of reparation of the First Friday’s and the First
Saturday’s allows us to contemplate and meditate upon this union of
Hearts and to live and respond to the petition of Jesus and Mary
each month. And with ever greater force, these two days are united
with the vigil of Eucharistic Adoration. Both hearts are objects of
reparation, love and imitation.
In the vigils
we unite our prayers and sacrifices together. In addition, we
develop an entire attitude of life that helps us to remain vigilant
in prayer and alert, for the devil goes about as a roaring lion
seeking people to devour (cf. 1 Pt 5:8). “Be alert and in prayer
so that you will not fall into temptation” (cf. Mark 14:38).
owes much to you who remain in vigil. The Church is in debt with
you who are vigilant, not only the local church but the Universal
Church” (Servant of God
John Paul II, cf. Homily, February 11, 2000, no. 5).
manner to detain evil and destruction is to avoid sin, but even God
himself does not eliminate sin by eliminating man’s freedom;
therefore, He calls us to reparation, in order to attract grace and
mercy upon humanity. This is why the devotion to the Two Hearts,
the consecration, and reparation are the Hope of Humanity.
of the Two Hearts: An Era of Grace and Mercy
In June of
1929, Sr. Lucia, one of the visionaries of Fatima, had a vision of
the Trinity and of the Heart of Mary (June 13, 1929). In this
vision, Jesus hung crucified upon the Cross and the words “Grace and
Mercy” flowed from the nail wound of one of His hands.
Faustina in 1938, Jesus said, “I have opened My Heart as a living
fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it” (Diary,
1520). As well, He said, “My
mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world… for
you I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide
the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces
from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart” (Diary,
Maximilian Kolbe, in the
1930’s, prophesized a proximate reign of the Eucharistic Heart of
Jesus, but considered that it would come only if we acquired the
graces of conversion and holiness through the joint work of the Holy
Spirit and Mary, mediatrix of graces. He called this era the Era
of Grace. It would be an Era of Grace which would be brought
about by the intervention of the Holy Spirit, who is the sanctifier
of our souls, and Mary Immaculate, who is the irreconcilable enemy
of Satan and of sin.
Catherine Laboure, to whom was revealed the image of the Miraculous
Medal, Jesus said, “Have a medal set with this image. Graces will
flow to those who bear it with confidence.”
the Apostolic Letter of Servant of God John Paul II on the third
millennium, Tertio Millennio Adveniente (TMA), the
vision of Fatima, in which the Two Hearts are seen with the words
grace and mercy, clearly reveals the elements and the order of
these elements. Confirmed by the prophetic visions of St. Catherine
Laboure, St. Faustina, and St. Maxilimian, we can deduce that the
Era of the Two Hearts will be an era of grace and mercy and of peace
and unity; it will be intensely Eucharistic, Marian and charismatic,
and in communion with the Holy Father because the Holy Spirit, the
Eucharist, and Mary are the three great gifts of the Heart of Christ,
given to edify the Church and to lead us to the Father. It will be
“the new springtime of Christian life which will be revealed by the
Great Jubilee, if Christians are docile to the action of the Holy
Spirit” (TMA, 18).
salvation, light, and reconciliation came to the world through these
Two Hearts. It will be through them that the heart of humanity will
have a renewed reconciliation with the Heart of Christ and the
hearts of others. This will happen only if we open our hearts in
humility, honesty, and sincere repentance and if we allow the Two
Hearts to transform our hearts.
suffer a great battle in these times: the battle for unity. Crucial
to families is the devotion to the Two Hearts, for they are united
Hearts that bring unity to all hearts in the family. Families must
consecrate themselves to the Two Hearts, place an image of them in
their homes and pray before them, make reparation to them, and
imitate their virtues.
its present stage, deserves to be punished. When we see to what
depths humanity has fallen, we may think that there is no other way
of reverting the chaos except through destruction and punishment.
Yet the Two Hearts tell us there is another way: that of repentance,
conversion, reparation, sacrifice and penance. “She [the Church]
cannot cross the threshold of the new millennium without encouraging
her children to purify themselves, through repentance, of past
errors and instances of infidelity, inconsistency, and slowness to
act” (TMA, 33).
The Two Hearts
are the hope of humanity because the hope of humanity is the love
that overcomes evil, the sacrifice that overcomes selfishness, the
unconditional offering that overcomes infidelity. This year we
ought to acquire the virtue of hope, which is so lacking – a lack we
can see in all the suicides, depressions, desperations, and sadness.
It is lacking because we have placed our hope in the wrong places:
in people, in systems, in material goods, in status, in prestige,
etc. Our hope needs to be placed in the merciful Heart of Christ,
who loved humanity so much that He did not stop at anything to save
it, and in the Heart of our Mother who, in perfect communion with
the Heart of Christ, gave Herself completely for the redeeming work
of Her Son, also stopping at nothing to do so.
deepen in all hearts the awareness of the intimate and indivisible
relationship there is between the Two Hearts and the immense value
the authentic devotion and consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and
Mary has in our time” (cf.
John Paul II, Nov. 23, 1987).
APOSTLES OF THE TWO HEARTS
John Paul II called the faithful to “promote the alliance of these
Two Hearts for it is through them that the Church acquires her hope
and her lasting peace.” We could say that Servant of God John Paul
II was the apostle of the Two Hearts par excellence of these times.
Characteristics of an Apostle of the Two Hearts in the light of St.
John the Evangelist
We must be
people of prayer:
An apostle must listen to the beatings of the Heart of Jesus,
resting on the chest of the Master when He speaks of pain and
have fidelity: We
must be at the foot of the Cross when all others have abandoned Him.
There we should enter into the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, embrace Her
as Mother, and allow ourselves to be embraced by Her.
We must be
intercessors: We must
know how to read the signs of the times and to present our prayers
and sacrifices for all that is occurring in these times.
make reparation: We
need to know what it is that most grieves the Hearts of Jesus and
Mary – the rejection of the redemptive sacrifice. Therefore, with
our lives, we ought to show them that the sacrifice on the Cross has
not been in vain, that the graces that flow from the Pierced Heart
have not fallen onto the ground, but into our hearts.
We must be
means we must watch so as to not fall into temptation. The call of
Gethsemane to not fall asleep, but to remain vigilant, was not only
meant so we could accompany the Lord in His agony, but it also calls
us to have an attitude of vigilance and alertness concerning the
urgency of the times. It is a call not to be stolen, distracted or
forced away by the powers of evil.
allow ourselves to be pierced:
We must rend our hearts and not our clothes. What the Lord wants is
that His Heart and that of His Mother may reign in our hearts; that
His virtues, grace, purity, sacrifice, poverty, and humility be
manifested in our hearts. He wants us to have a new heart with His
own sentiments. “I will give them a new heart… I will give them a
heart of flesh” (cf. Ez 36:26).
We must fast, deny ourselves, and embrace suffering for love.
“The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of Mercy over you. Offer
constantly prayers and sacrifices. Offer a sacrifice of all that
you can as acts of reparation for sin and in supplication for the
conversion of sinners” (Message of the Angel of Fatima during
his second apparition, Summer 1917).
promote the triumph of the Two Hearts for the conversion of the
Jesus has confided the new evangelization and conversion of the
world to an exceptional missionary: His Mother. Therefore, the
apostles of these times, the Apostles of the Two Hearts, ought to
unite under the banner of Mary Most Holy. She is forming an army of
sons and daughters who find refugee in Her Heart and who are
instruments in the establishment of the Reign of the Heart of Christ.
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