The Two Hearts


Nineteen days after Pentecost the Church celebrates the adjoining feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. What is the significance of these two particular devotions, and where do they come from? Paul explains in this edition of A Minute with Mary. 

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When God gave us the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, He did so because the Christian life is about a living, personal relationship with Jesus and Mary. It’s not a head trip. Pope Benedict XVI once said:

Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.

God made our hearts yearn; it can only be satisfied by Him! How foolish and time wasting it is for us to seek satisfaction in the things of the world. How tragic it is that some people waste their whole lives on the trivial and miss the meaning of life! Scripture tells us that in the end, we will be judged not on our success, but on how much love is in our hearts. By tapping into the source of love – the Hearts of Jesus and Mary – we bring truth and lasting happiness into our lives. Sadly, most of us wait until our material world crashes into pieces before we seek a deeper meaning to life. God has structured life so that it continually calls us to truth. God calls us to have devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary – the ‘Two Hearts’ as it is sometimes referred to – it’s not the two minds! Jesus and Mary will lead us to the way, the truth and the life – eternal life!

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