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In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph

May 30, 2015 by  
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“In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph”

“Hail, Holy Queen! Hail, our life our sweetness and our hope!” Mary is our hope. And the Church proclaims it every day at the end of every rosary and often at the end of the Church's Night Prayer (or Compline). In our modern times, no other words draw our attention to this reality than the promise Our Immaculate Mother made to the world on July 13, 1917 when she said:

I shall come to the world to ask that Russia be consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, and I shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world. If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, then Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, bringing new wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer; certain nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and the world will enjoy a period of peace. In Portugal the faith will always be preserved…

Conversion brought about by consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary . . . Why through a heart? And more specifically, the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Mary is rightly called “most humble,” so this request seems a bit Detail3ImmaculateHeartHolySpiritFmIgrejaNossaSenhoraDasDoresEmPortoAlegreCoracaoMariastrange, that Mary would seem to draw attention to herself. But, also remember that Mary is always the humble “handmaid of the Lord” and inseparable Spouse of the Holy Spirit. That means Mary does nothing without being prompted by the Holy Spirit. Her will is only what God wills of her and through her. So, with these words, Mary points to the cor (pun intended) of authentic Christian spirituality.

The heart embodies everything that makes up the human person. And when God became Man, he assumed a perfect human nature, at the center of which is the heart. And whose human nature did Christ assume? HeartsOfJesusAndMary2Mary’s. Thus everything that made up the Sacred Heart of Jesus came from the human nature of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That is why Mary can say even more truly than the priest: “This is my Body . . . This is my Blood” when speaking of the Holy Eucharist. There is such an inseparable union between the Hearts of Jesus and Mary that we come to the Sacred Heart of Jesus only through the Immaculate Heart of Mary – for the Sacred Heart of Jesus came to us through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And we see this reality mystically continued at the Cross where the life-giving Blood and Water which flowed from the pierced Heart of Jesus is communicated to His Mystical Body through the pierced Heart of Mary to Whom Jesus entrusted His Church.

EvgrafSemenovichSorokinCrucifixionMaryJesusThis is what is at the heart of Jesus’ final gift to the Church during His exchange between His Mother and every beloved disciple (represented by St. John who was deliberately unnamed): “Woman, behold your Son! . . . Behold your mother” (Jn 19:26-27). This exchange between Jesus, Mary and His Church was the central passage of St. John Paul II’s encyclical letter Redemptoris Mater, which sets out the strong biblical and theological foundations for why total consecration to Mary is at the heart of the Christian life. So much did St. John Paul II believe this that he took St. Louis De Montfort’s short prayer of consecration to Mary as his papal motto: Totus Tuus [sum Maria] and summarized its significance by his papal coat of arms which introduced a distinctive “M” under the Cross, directing our attention to John 19:26-27.

Now, what is the significance of adding “Immaculate” to Heart of Mary? Here, I encourage you to read the Marian teachings of St. Maximilian Kolbe whose insights into the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit are wrapped up in Mary’s self-revelation of her name at Lourdes in 1859 when she said: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” St. Maximilian saw in these words a IFrevelation of Mary’s union with the Holy Spirit that has yet to be explored with special attention by the Church because the Holy Spirit is rightly called the uncreated Immaculate Conception of the eternal Love between the Father and the Son. And now Mary at Lourdes is compelled by the Holy Spirit to reveal that she shares the same name. How is that? This takes the understanding of Mary as Spouse of the Holy Spirit to a whole new level, since spouses indeed share the same name. Mary the created Immaculate Conception is inseparably united to the uncreated Immaculate Conception where everything her Spouse is by nature is hers by grace – and she, in turn, is totally possessed by the Holy Spirit where everything she has is His. This is the essence of St. Maximilian’s teaching on Mary and the Holy Spirit of which St. John Paul II said:

. . . possesses a doctrinal accuracy that enchants those familiar with the keystone of Vatican II, the Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. One is tempted to say that he had foreseen, even in its wording, the admirable eighth chapter consecrated to the Virgin Mary. (Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit, Monteau-Bonamy, 1977 ed., p. xxiii).

SaintMaryMagdalenChurchBrightonMichiganTheHolySpiritWallSculpture2Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, therefore, inserts the Christian into the heart of the Life of the Spirit, and in the most perfect of ways. It is the most perfect of ways because it is “the Way” by which God chose to empty Himself upon humanity and give us His Divine Life. The Christian life is nothing less than returning to God by patterning itself on the Life of Jesus Christ Who came to us through Mary. And the mystery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary points to the Holy Spirit, whose spousal union with Mary makes her Immaculate. This spousal union points to Mary’s power since the fullness of grace dwells in her because she is the Holy Spirit’s unique spouse. Where Mary is, there is her Spouse, and the more Mary is present in a soul, the more the Holy Spirit is present with grace and power in that soul. What do we find where that spousal union is invited and nurtured? Jesus Christ, the God-Man, who is always the fruit of the union of Mary and the Holy Spirit.

This is why we consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and why the triumph over the evils of the world will come through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And this is why St. Louis De Montfort could write with conviction:

No other devotion calls for more sacrifices for God, none empties us more completely of self and self-love, none keeps us more firmly in the grace of God and the grace of God in us. No other devotion unites us more perfectly and more easily to Jesus. Finally, no devotion gives more glory to God, is more sanctifying for ourselves or more helpful to our neighbour (True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, paragraph 118)

St. John Paul II singled out De Montfort as a reliable teacher of the spirituality of total consecration to Mary (cf. Redemptoris Mater, para 48). And he exhorts us to adopt this spirituality because of its immeasurable fruits:

It is well known that the more her children persevere and progress in this attitude [of total consecration to Mary], the nearer Mary leads them to the “unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8) [Redemptoris Mater, 46].

CharlesBosseronChambersOurLadyOfFatima-smRestoredTraditionsREQUIRESHOTLINKOur Lady of Fatima therefore invites us directly to this crowning of Christian spiritualities. Let us humbly and prayerfully take this invitation to heart because it is a special gift that not all will understand and even fewer embrace. Why? St. Louis De Montfort explains:

As this devotion essentially consists in a state of soul, it will not be understood in the same way by everyone. Some—the great majority—will stop short at the threshold and go no further. Others – not many – will take but one step into its interior. Who will take a second step? Who will take a third? Finally who will remain in it permanently? Only the one to whom the Spirit of Jesus reveals the secret. The Holy Spirit himself will lead this faithful soul from strength to strength, from grace to grace, from light to light, until at length he attains transformation into Jesus in the fullness of his age on earth and of his glory in heaven (True Devotion to Mary, 119).

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a secret? The Holy Spirit, through Our Lady at Fatima and the teachings of Sts. Maximilian and John Paul II, clearly doesn’t want it to remain so. And if this is the first time you are learning of it, consider yourself now privy to this secret.

But, there is a caveat emptor . . . Remember, knowledge is responsibility. What will you do with this knowledge?

 

Art: Detail from Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores em Porto Alegre (Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Porto Alegre), Eugenio Hansen, OFS, 1 July 2012, CCA-SA; Emblem of the Missioners dels Sagrats Cors, with the Sacred Hearts, author unknown, 1910, PD-US copyright expired; Detail from Crucifixion, Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin, 1873, PD-US copyright expired; Modified detail from Peinture du Sacré-coeur de Marie, tableau à l'intérieur de la chapelle de la Chaup, commune de Saint-Jacques-en-Valgodemar (Hautes-Alpes) [Painting of the sacred (Immaculate) heart of Mary, chart inside the chapel of the Chaup, municipality of Saint-Jacques-en-Valgodemar (Hautes-Alpes)], Fr. Latreille, 15 August 2013, CCA-SA; Saint Mary Magdalen Church (Brighton, Michigan) – the Holy Spirit wall sculpture, Nheyob, own work, 23 June 2014, CCA-SA; all Wikimedia Commons.  Our Lady of Fatima, Charles Bosseron Chambers, undated, Restored Traditions, used with permission.

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Dr. Peter Howard presently lives in Illinois with his wife, Chantal, and five children. Dr. Howard is a professor of Theology at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation (avila-institute.com). In 2015, Peter and Chantal founded HeroicFamilies.com dedicated to the mission of “awakening Catholic families to their critical call to live their faith with courage, passion and purpose.” He is also a Catholic videographer (MEDIAtrix.tv), author and national Catholic speaker who has spoken at the 2015 American Chesterton Society Conference, 2012 Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, Kansas; the United States Air Force Academy; parish retreats and on Catholic radio programs such as Radio Maria. Peter earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome, Italy. Dr. Howard's theological expertise lies predominantly in Mariology and the teachings of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. He is the author of the 2014 book: The Woman: The Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen. Like his spiritual mentor, +Fulton Sheen, Dr. Howard is passionate about evangelizing families by communicating the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith as the answer to the challenges and errors of the world. If you would like to invite Dr. Howard to speak at your parish or event, contact him at invite@heroicfamilies.com

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  • horseradish

    this gives me comfort

    • Indeed, it should give us all comfort . . . and for me, it galvanizes me to want to be part of her spiritual army that both De Montfort and Kolbe foresaw. This is the best time in history to be a Catholic! The greater the struggle the greater the reward for those who persevere unto the end.

  • Cathy

    Very nice ending to the month of Mary. On July 13,1917 the Blessed Mother showed the young shepherds Hell and then began to say …you have seen hell…
    “To prevent this,I shall come to ask……..Lucia Speaks/Fatima Prayer Cell Program pg 16,17,rereading this I am utterly struck by the reality, for all .i thank you Peter for your postings this month ,they were very thought as well as spiritually provoking.Yes knowledge is a responsibility,but it also is that Grace is Gift,and Grace is a responsibility for thru grace come knowledge,understanding
    Wisdom………..God Bless

  • LizEst

    Happy Trinity Sunday Patricia! Your post has been edited to eliminate theological and biblical errors contained within.

    • Patricia

      What are you referring to when you say errors? What I wrote is theologically bad Biblically correct.

      • LizEst

        There were a few of them…not all I remember at this point. One was that you wrote (or words to the effect) that the woman would crush the serpent’s foot was found in Revelation. it is not. It is found in Genesis 3:15.

        • Patricia

          To clarify the point I was trying to succinctly make:

          The prophesy of the woman who crushes the head of the snake in Genesis 3:15 is the same women in Rev. 12:1.

          Who is the Woman clothed with the sun? St. John in his Gospel was the first to implicitly refer to Mary as the new Eve, the woman of Genesis 3:15. St. John’s Gospel refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as woman at the wedding feast at Cana (John 2:1-5), at the Cross (John 19:25-26), and here in Revelation 12:1.

          Reaffirming the Tradition of the Church, Pope Pius X in 1904, Pope Pius XII in 1950, and Pope John Paul ll, in his 1995 encyclical The Gospel of Life, stated that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the “woman clothed with the sun” in Revelation 12:1.

          My point was that in Revelation Mary is revealed as ” a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” which portrays her as the Queen of Heaven, to connect the statement that she made in an apparition at Fatima, “that in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph” with the Final Victory.

          I know at Fatima, she was speaking specifically of Russia and world peace, people turning from God, secularism, materialism etc. (which is Satan trying to pull everyone away from God), but it is an important part of the big picture of salvation history.

          • LizEst

            Hey thanks, Patricia. This is much better put.

          • Indeed. The big picture of salvation history is bookended with “the woman” who will crush the head of the serpent/dragon.

        • Cathy

          Today if it were any other day of the week is The Feast of The Visitation.3decades of the Joyful Mysteris was prayed in response
          To all this here.Notice the emphasis is Visitation. God Bless

          • LizEst

            Yes, except if a solemnity falls on the 31st. Then, the solemnity would take precedence. This could occur if the Solemnity of the Ascension (Ascension Thursday), the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (where it is celebrated on Thursday after Trinity Sunday), or the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (celebrated 19 days after Pentecost on a Friday) falls on the 31st. Have this ever happened? Yes, definitely!

          • Cathy

            Dear Liz, this is all true ,but the Blessed Mother does remain hidden and quiet @times,May 31 is also the feast of the visitation, and all I was pointing out is that she still visits 3 decades of the joyful mysteries were prayed in response to the ongoing dialogue with you and guest. And that was appx 6 hours ago and I am posting now.Accept the gift ,and being really slow computer wise could you pass this to guest as well.Thank you God Bless

          • LizEst

            Oh, now I understand. Thank you for the gift! God bless you, Cathy.

    • Patricia

      The last sentence that is in my original post really doesn’t make must sense with several paragraphs edited out. I wrote things about what the church actually teaches about Mary in relation to statements made in this posting, which are totally correct, but are often interpreted incorrectly. Can you put them back in? if you think there are any theological errors, please identify them, because honestly, I believe everything I wrote is correct according to the teachings of the church. If they aren’t, I would certainly like to know about it and at least have the opportunity to clarify or correct.

      • LizEst

        We don’t have that sentence any more. Since you wrote it and you remember it, please kindly resubmit it. Thank you.

  • Darrin French

    Notice Our Lady at Lourdes did NOT say, “I was immaculately
    conceived” rather “I am the Immaculate Conception”- as Dr. Howard clearly
    stated, Saint Maximilian Kolbe discovered shortly before his arrest – – exactly what was implied by the statement, “I am the Immaculate Conception” ? It
    means, She (Our Lady) is the greatest precisely because She is of the Holy Spirit… Holy Spirit is rightly called the uncreated Immaculate Conception of the eternal Love between the Father and the Son. Thus Mary, is the created Immaculate Conception.

    I strongly recommend the reading of:

    “True Devotion to Mary” by St. Louis de Montfort,
    “Secret of the Rosary” by Louis de Montfort, and

    “33 days to Morning Glory” by Fr. Michael Gaitley.

    • Cathy

      May I add,to your suggested reading list The Secret of Mary…St Louis de Montfort
      As well.The Blessed Mother when she exclaimed I Am The Immaculate Conception,she trembled,courtesy ..North American Lourdes Volunteer Presentaion.The Homily today focused @times on the signing of the cross. Being
      @this presentation you were signing yourself with cross with a depth that is beyond
      Comprehension,liken to what you see in documentaries re apparitions.Once again
      Peter thank you for your presentations .Amen

    • Thank you for your thoughts, Darrin. I second your recommendations. And there is another that I was just introduced to personally by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, called “Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary” which Fr. Calloway told me “contains the largest collection of quotes on the rosary of any book in print.” That’s awesome. I look forward to getting my hands on his book and I hope everyone will get a copy as well. Not sure why my font just changed, but oh well 🙂 God bless you.

  • Darrin French

    Mary is set apart from God’s creation. She is not divine, she is not angelic rather she is the most perfect [created] human. She always complied with God’s will, freely, everywhere and always.

    She is the Immaculate Conception, one without original sin, and one who never sinned throughout life. Adam and Eve were also created without sin. However they freely negated God’s will.

    Thus She (The Mother of God) is God’s perfect created masterpiece and spouse of the Holy Spirit that is set apart from all of His other creations. She also holds more authority than all other Saints combined in heaven, at the same time, She always remains faithful and submissive to God’s will. {Most interesting to digest. }

    Consecration to Mary is the ideal model for any serious Catholic who desires heaven. However, so few Catholics desire such a beautiful devotion as de Montfort predicted. Thanks to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s written works, Our Lady desires to build an army, a cohort of humans, a world-wide army who fast become Her pawns via The Consecration in order to save humanity during these most unique and sinful times.

  • Cathy

    One final reflection,for the month of Mary ,it’s not the relationship that we strive to have with The daughter of the Father,the Mother of the Son the Spouse of The
    Holy Spirit.No Friends it is the Relationship that she has with us Amen

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