The Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Today, we celebrate the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and tomorrow, the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Pope Pius XII encouraged the faithful not to let the solemnity of the Sacred Heart pass us by. There are so many graces offered in this devotion. The two main reasons that Pope Pius XII encourages devotion to the sacred heart is because:
1) "...His Heart, the noblest part of human nature, is hypostatically joined to the person of the divine Word."
2) "...His Heart, more than all the other members of his Body, is the natural sign and symbol of his boundless charity for the human race."
More on Pope Pius' Encyclical "Haurietis Aquas" (the above taken from Par. 21)
Tomorrow, we also celebrate the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the one conceived without original sin and mother of Jesus. They are celebrated together because Jesus' human heart was formed from her flesh and it was in her womb that the Sacred Heart began to beat. Thus, it is said that Jesus' heart learned to beat from Mary's. There is so much here to be gained in terms of the graces of knowledge, understanding and fervor of devotion that no mere words can inspire.
Below are some of the works brought about by meditation on the Sacred Heart:
Sacred Heart Beating Still
Whose heart was
Taught to beat
Was stilled for
Three days' time.
Then you rose
And your heart
On fire with
Ne'er to cease.
Your heart beats,
Beats for me
Beats for me.