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We've all seen the various images -Jesus with His heart artistically exposed as surrounded by a crown of thorns with flames erupting from the top. In likewise fashion, images of His Mother are depicted with a crown of flowers and a sword piercing her heart. Some of these images are astoundingly beautiful.
Two days ago, 19 days after Pentecost, the Church celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Then, yesterday, we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Even though both of these feasts are so beautiful and deserve devoted attention, it amazes me how it easy it can be to pass them by.
In the past, I've often found myself realizing the significance of the day, sometimes when the day would be half over. I would stop and pause to reflect and communicate to Our Lord and Lady through these beautiful titles, then get overtaken by life and forget to keep myself focused on them.
This year, I decided to take a longer moment to spend reflecting on the Feasts of Hearts, as I call them. (It was still not enough, honestly, but due to a crazy day I can at least feel a little better about it!)
Being a visual person, I decided to spend some time staring at an image of each of them, comparing and contrasting their two hearts.
Although there lie a great many profound thoughts to be taken away from these images (and there often exists subtle differences in the various pictures), here are just some of mine:
Jesus - red heart dripping with blood from beneath and a crucifix protruding from the top - evidence of the sacrifice made, all for love of us.
Mary - red heart with a sword piercing it through the top - evidence of the sacrifice she suffered, all for love of God and us
Jesus - flames leaping out from the top of His heart - burning with His intense love for us
Mary - flames leaping out from the top of His heart - burning with her intense love for God and us
Jesus - crown of thorns surrounding His heart - more evidence of His sacrifice of love for us, and symbol of His kingship
Mary - crown of flowers (usually roses) surrounding her heart - a reflection of her devotion to her Son and to us and a symbol of her queenship
The Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, the hearts of a King and Queen, have sacrificed, suffered, and burned. Why?
Out of love for US.
Our Lord and Lady, if my heart could just burn with one millionth of what yours has for me!
Continue for our sake...place our hearts in yours so that our unity in love may grow!
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