THE TRIUMPH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
A Meditation (Reprinted from
The Woman Clothed with the Sun (Rev. 12:1)
From May 13 to October 13, 1917, the
Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese children at a place called
To prevent this, Mary asked that
What is devotion to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary, then, and of what does it consist?
Mary revealed at
There is another way that devotion to Mary’s Immaculate heart can be expressed as both Pope Pius XII and our present Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, have indicated. Pius XII said this, “--our devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart expresses our reverence for her maternal compassion, both for Jesus and for all of us, her spiritual children, as she stood at the foot of the cross.” John Paul II states a similar thought, “Mary’s Heart, the Heart of both a virgin and a mother, has gone out to all that Christ has embraced and continues to embrace with inexhaustible love.” This way of looking at devotion to Mary’s Heart makes her heart, not an object, but a subject and Jesus and her spiritual children become the objects of her Heart. Mary’s Heart, then, can become an active instrument in the life of the Christian for the purpose of love and reparation toward Jesus and others.
This method, as it were, of using the Heart
of Mary in all that we do, has been developed in a series of reported messages
(interior locutions) from Mary to Father Stefano Gobbi,
the founder of the Marian Movement of Priests.
These messages have been described as an implementation of
In a message to Father Gobbi, given while he was making a pilgrimage to Fatima on July 7, 1973, Mary is reported to have said, “Let yourself be possessed by me so that in every thing you do, it will be I who am doing it through you---I want to act through you---To be consecrated to me means to be led by me ---train yourself to remain in me, in my Heart and always to act with me, to think with my mind, to see things with my eyes, to touch them with my hands and to love them with my Heart”. Although these messages were addressed primarily to priests, it was made clear by Father Gobbi that they were also meant for all the faithful. Although the idea of using Mary’s Heart was not practiced extensively in earlier centuries of the Church, it was known as far back as the 4th century as St. Ambrose had said, “Let the Heart of Mary be in every Christian”.
It was not until the 17th century that
devotion to the Heart of Mary began to be practiced more widely in the Church
due mostly to the preaching and writings of Saints John Eudes
and Louis de Montfort. It was to the method and manner of
The positive results of the practice of this manner of devotion to Mary in his life are evident to the whole world in the continued demonstration of his love for God and for neighbor.
From my own personal experience, I have
practiced this devotion, as taught by
What then of the triumph of her Immaculate
Heart that Mary foretold? There are
messages to Father Gobbi regarding this triumph. On December 19, 1973, Mary is reported to
have said, “When Satan will think himself the sure victor, he will find himself
empty-handed and in the end the victory will be exclusively my Son’s and
mine. To win the battle I want to give
you a weapon, prayer---offer yourselves to me so that I, myself, in you and
with you may always pray and intercede with my Son for the salvation of the
world”. On October 13, 1977, this
message was reported to have been received, “---the greatest victory of my
motherly and Immaculate heart will be to cause Jesus to shine in the souls of
all my children.” The triumph of the
Immaculate Heart will consist, then, of the formation of Jesus in the souls of
priests and the faithful in general.
This formation of Jesus will be brought about by the action of Mary
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
It is true consecration to the Immaculate Heart, which in the Catholic
Church has always meant consecration to Jesus through the hands of Mary, which
will be most effective for the salvation of souls and for the eventual triumph
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The end
of Christian life is complete identification and union with Jesus, as
What the messages of Fatima and those to Father Gobbi indicate is that a singularly effective way to attain this union and identification with Jesus is to strive for a union and identification with the Heart of Mary. These messages also indicate that we are being called in a powerful and urgent way by God to participate now more directly in His work, indeed, the primary work of the Church, the salvation of souls. The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will only happen when enough of her children consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart and then live that consecration and all that it implies. Perhaps Jesus’ words apply here, “Anyone that has ears to hear let him hear.” (Mk. 4:9)
Deacon Frank Shaughnessy
May 31, 2001