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Part III:
CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART
OF JESUS AND THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

A. Essence of the Consecration

The word 'consecrate' means to set apart for holy purposes. When we consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary we are OFFERING TO THEM UNRESERVEDLY ALL THAT WE ARE AND ALL THAT WE DO AND ALL THAT WE HAVE our thoughts, words, actions, joys and sufferings; our past, present and future; every breath that we draw and every beat of our hearts at every moment of our lives so that whether we work or eat or sleep or pray, all that we are and have and do is offered to Their Hearts AS A HOLOCAUST OF PURE LOVE.

St. Margaret Mary expressed it very beautifully when she said:

"Taking your heart, as it were, in your hands, offer and consecrate it to Our Lord, that He may be forever the sole Owner thereof, that He may reign therein absolutely and may teach you to love Him perfectly;" "On awaking enter in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and consecrate to It your body, your soul, your heart and your whole being, so as to live but for Its love and glory alone;" "We must not belong to God by halves. As God gives Himself entirely to the soul He loves, so does He desire to possess the soul's entire love." [1]

This total dedication and consecration can best be summed up in those two magnificent words spoken by Pope John Paul II in describing his own consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary TOTUS TUUS ("All Yours")

This consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary is actually a renewal of our Baptismal Promises to renounce Satan and all of his empty promises and to follow Jesus Christ unreservedly.

Scripture is replete with similar exhortations:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1),

"Or know you not, that your members are the temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have from God; and you are not your own? For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body" (1 Cor. 6:19-20);

"And Christ died for all; that they also who live, may not now live to themselves, but unto Him Who died for them and rose again." (2 Cor. 5:15)

B. Desired Effects of this Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

1. Holiness of Life.

The best proof we can have that we truly love the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and that we are truly devoted and consecrated to Them is by the effects which that love and devotion and con­secration produce. THE MORE ARDENT THE LOVE AND THE MORE TOTAL THE CONSECRATION, THE MORE PROFOUND WILL BE THE EFFECTS. Jesus said:

"Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them." (Matt. 7:20)

It is important to realize that Jesus has given us His Sacred Heart and His Mother's Immaculate Heart not only to be our rule of life, but as St. John Eudes so aptly put it, to also be

"our very Heart, so that as members of Jesus and children of Mary we may share one Heart with Them." [2]

This immense privilege should help us to 'enter into Their Hearts' and perform all of our actions with the holy intentions and motivations which are Theirs. We should try to 'enter into' the love, charity, purity, humility and holiness of Their Hearts so that in all that we are and all that we do we may be filled with Their holy dispositions. St. Margaret Mary stated it very clearly when she said:

"He wishes you to conform your heart to the virtues of His Own." [3]

As the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a 'perfect' image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, WE SHOULD STRIVE TO MAKE OUR HEARTS LIVING IMAGES OF HIS. St. John Eudes described this wonderfully when he wrote:

"The Admirable Heart of Mary is the perfect image of the most Divine Heart of Jesus. It is the pattern and model for our own hearts, and all our happiness, perfection and glory consists in striving to transform them into so many living images of the sacred Heart of Mary, just as her holy Heart is a consummate likeness of the adorable Heart of Jesus. The sovereign devotion is to imitate what we honor, says St. Augustine (De civit. Jib. 8. cap. 17); so who can fail to perceive that in encouraging the faithful in devotion to the most amiable Heart of the Mother of God, we are also EXHORTING THEM TO IMITATE THE MOST EMINENT VIRTUES THAT ADORN IT " [4] (emphasis added)

But in order for this to happen, we must 'DIE TO OURSELVES' to that fallen human nature inherited from Adam. St. Louis de Montfort warned us in his classic, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin:

"If we do not die to ourselves, and if our most fervent devotions do not lead us to this necessary and fruitful death, we shall not bear fruit of any worth, and our devotions will prove useless to us. All our virtues and good works will bear the stain of our own conceit and our own will, and this will make our greatest sacrifices and our most ambitious efforts mere abominations in the eyes of God. Our death will find us with hands empty of virtues and merits and without a trace of that pure love which is given only to those who have died to themselves. . ." [5]

Jesus Himself also gave us this admonition when He warned:

"Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." (John 12:24-25) And John the Baptist cried out: "For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire." (Matt. 3:10)

St. Margaret Mary wrote:

"The further you withdraw from self, the closer you draw to God . . . We must endeavor to the utmost of our power to enter into the Adorable Heart of Our Lord by . . . humbly confessing our nothingness, thus losing sight of self entirely." [6]

It is clear that we must cleanse our hearts from evil and turn away from all sin. We must fervently ask Jesus to purify us and uproot the evil inclinations in the depths of our hearts while we shun the vanities and seductions of this world and avoid the occasions of sin.

Scripture reaffirms this. Jesus said:

"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make our abode with him." (John 14:23) and "My mother and My brothers are they who hear the word of God, and do it." (Luke 8:21)

At the same time we must implore the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to take full possession of our hearts and make them truly one with Theirs having the same thoughts, desires, motivations, attitudes, sentiments and virtues as Theirs. St. John Eudes wrote:

"Each one of us can truly say, 'The heart of Jesus belongs to me' . . . to be my refuge and shelter . . . to be my treasure, but also to be my model and rule of my life and actions." [7]

St. Margaret Mary stated:

"Remember that your perfection consists wholly in conforming your life and actions to the sacred maxims of the Heart of Jesus, especially His patience, His meekness, His humility, and His charity." [8] As a result, "our interior and exterior life will thus become a living image of His, and as He is the living image of God, His Father, so we shall become living images of Him . . . We find it easy to imitate those whom we love much." [9]

Many scripture passages speak of OUR TRANSFORMATION IN CHRIST:

"But he who is joined to the Lord, is one Spirit" (with Him) (1 Cor. 6:17); "For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5); ". . . for the temple of God is holy, which you are" (1 Cor. 3:17); "But we all beholding the glory of the Lord, with open face, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory. . ." (2 Cor. 3:18); and "I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. . ." (Gal. 2:20)

IN OUR ENDEAVOR TO FORM OUR HEARTS INTO THE IMAGE OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS, WE MUST LOOK TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY the only heart of a mere creature to be formed 'totally' into the image of His Heart. St. Louis de Montfort called Her the

"Holy of Holies where saints are formed and molded." [10] He quoted St. Augustine who called Her the mould of God. Then he continued: "She is the mould designed to form and shape God-likc creatures. Whoever is cast in this . . . mould is quickly formed and molded in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ in him. . ." [11]

Therefore, in order that our hearts may become like the Sacred Heart of Jesus, let us pour them into the mould of Mary, and let us ask the Sacred Heart of Jesus to plunge them, as it were, into His Own Heart, as He did that of St. Gertrude and St. Margaret Mary and many of the other saints, for according to St. John Eudes it is

"a burning furnace of most pure love for us; a furnace of purifying love. . . in which the hearts of holy souls are purified more perfectly than gold in the furnace; an illuminating love, which scatters the darkness of hell with which the earth is covered and lets us into the wonderful brilliance of heaven; . . . a sanctifying love, which destroys sin in our souls in order to establish there the kingdom of grace; a transforming love, which transforms serpents into doves, wolves into lambs, beasts into angels, children of the devil into children of God, children of wrath and malediction into children of grace and blessing; a deifying love, which makes gods of men . . . letting them share in the holiness of God, His mercy, His patience, His goodness, His love, His charity and His other divine perfections . . . "[12]

2. We Manifest Our Love for Them and Make Reparation to Them.

By true devotion and consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary we manifest our love for Them and make reparation for the offenses and indifferences which are committed against Them. It was above all to manifest His burning love for us that the Sacred Heart of Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary asking for a return of love. It was on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist in 1673 that He came to her and said:

"My Divine Heart is so inflamed with love for men . . . that being unable any longer to contain within Itself the flames of Its burning Charity, It must spread them abroad by thy means, and manifest Itself to them in order to enrich them with precious treasures which are revealed to thee. . ." [13]

In His second great vision He complained of the ingratitude with which His burning love was repaid, and said:

"I feel this more than all I suffered in My Passion . . .The sole return they make for all My eagerness to do them good, is to reject and treat Me with coldness. Do thou at least console Me as far as thou art able." [14]

In a heart rendering plea, He said,

"Behold how sinners treat Me . . . My daughter, wilt thou give Me thy heart and ease My suffering love which every one despises?" and "I wish thy heart to serve Me as a refuge wherein I may withdraw and take My delight when sinners persecute Me and drive Me from theirs." [15]

He asked her to receive Him in Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays in a spirit of love and reparation to 'repair' for the sins of the world.

On June 13, 1917, when Our Lady appeared at Fatima, She opened Her hands and in front of Her right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which appeared to have pierced It. Lucia said,

"We understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, who wishes reparation." [16]

On December 10, 1925, the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus appeared to Sister Lucia. Jesus said to her:

"Have compassion on the Heart of thy most holy Mother covered with thorns which ungrateful men are thrusting into it at every moment without anyone making an effort to withdraw them by acts of reparation."

Then the Blessed Mother said to her:

"See, my daughter, My Heart covered with thorns that ungrateful men are pressing into it at every moment by their blasphemies and acts of ingratitude." [17]

In the vision of the Most Holy Trinity with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which took place on June 13, 1929, Our Lady not only requested the papal consecration of Russia in union with the bishops of the world. She also asked for reparation.

INDEED, IT WOULD BE FOOLHARDY TO BELIEVE THAT ALL IS WELL WITH THE WORLD. The day after the papal consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Fatima in 1982, Sister Lucia is reported to have said that it would have its effect, BUT IN ORDER TO OBTAIN WORLD PEACE, THE 'APOSTLES' OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA WOULD HAVE MUCH WORK TO DO.

We are well aware that, the forces of evil rage on every side escalating crime and violence and revolution and murder of the unborn; proliferating nuclear weapons throughout the world; destroying homes and families and immortal souls; mocking God and His Holy Church and the vicar of Jesus Christ on earth.

We are reminded of Jesus' message to Sister Lucia in 1939 when He commanded her to ask incessantly for Holy Communions of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary because the sins of the world were so great that the time would come when His justice would fall upon the world.

Dare we hesitate any longer? Dare we continue to ignore the requests of the Most Loving Hearts of Jesus and Mary?

We have witnessed God's power in the dissolution of the Communist Empire in Europe. Can we not expect to witness even greater marvels of His love if we not only consecrate ourselves totally and forever to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, but also prove our love for them by fulfilling Their requests receiving Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays

in a spirit of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and by going to confession, receiving Holy Communion, praying five decades of the rosary and meditating for fifteen minutes on its mysteries on five consecutive First Saturdays all with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

CLEARLY, NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE REPARATION TO THESE TWO MOST LOVING HEARTS IN ORDER TO BRING THE 'ERA OF PEACE' WHICH OUR LADY OF FATIMA PROMISED WHEN SHE SAID THAT HER IMMACULATE HEART WOULD TRIUMPH IN THE END AND AN 'ERA OF PEACE' WOULD BE ACCORDED TO THE WORLD. WE KNOW THIS WILL ONLY HAPPEN WHEN THE HEART OF HER DIVINE SON REIGNS IN HEARTS EVERYWHERE.

What a privilege it is to make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary by our love and consecration to Them. Jesus told St. Margaret Mary:

"Behold how sinners treat Me . . . My daughter, wilt thou give Me thy heart and ease My suffering love which every one despises?" and "I wish thy heart to serve Me as a refuge wherein I may withdraw and take My delight when sinners persecute and drive Me from theirs." [18]

3. Love for One's Neighbor and Unity Among People.

Pope Pius XII wrote in Haurietis Aquas:

"Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus . . . is directed towards the love of God for us, in order to adore it, give thanks for it, and to live so as to imitate It. It has this in view as the end to be attained: that we bring that love by which we are bound to God and to the rest of men to perfect fulfillment by carrying out more eagerly the new Commandment which the Divine Master gave to His Apostles . . . 'that you love one another as I have loved you.'" [19]

We know that Jesus said that the two greatest Commandments were love of God and love of neighbor. (Matt. 22:37-40) He also said:

"By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another" (John 13:35); "This is My Commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); "Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you . . . As you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner." (Luke 6:27-28, 31)

Thus, a most important and practical consequence of true devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary should be a true love of our neighbor and unity among us. St. Peter wrote:

"Be ye all.of one mind, having compassion one of another. . . " (1 Peter 3:8) St. Paul said: ". . . Fulfill ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment. Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory; but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves." (Phil. 2:2-3)

The entire thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians expresses this love and closes with these striking words:

"And now there remains faith, hope, and charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity." (1 Cor. 13:13) It is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles that ". . . the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul." (Acts 4:32)

St. Margaret Mary wrote:

"Plunge yourself often into the charity of that lovable Heart so that you may never act towards your neighbor in a manner which may, in the least, wound that virtue, never doing to others what you would not wish done to yourself. . . " [20]

Pope Pius X11 wrote that "the practice of devotion to the Heart of Jesus (is) . . . the source of unity, salvation and peace." [21] This is so precisely because It is the source and symbol of love.

4. We Become Channels of The Divine Mercy.

We discover that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus finds fitting expression in the devotion to the Divine Mercy, FOR THAT SACRED HEART IS THE FOUNTAIN OF INFINITE LOVE AND MERCY POURED OUT UPON THE WORLD.

On February 22, 1931, Jesus appeared to Blessed Faustina Kowalska with two rays emanating from His Heart one red and the other pale. He explained to her that these rays signified the Blood which is the life of souls and the water which cleanses them:

"These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender Mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the cross." [22] Sometime later He said to her, "I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of Mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. . ." [23]

The Immaculate Heart of Mary, immersed in the Heart of Her Divine Son has the GREATEST CAPACITY OF ANY PURELY HUMAN HEART TO CONTAIN AND TO DISTRIBUTE THE DIVINE MERCY flowing from His Heart. Hence, we fittingly bestow upon Her the awesome title of 'Mother of Mercy.' She Herself confirmed this when She appeared one day to Blessed Faustina and said,

"I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy . . . " [24]

In some way our hearts, too, must mirror Her Heart as we immerse them in the Sacred Heart of Jesus where we will experience His unfathomable mercy towards us and towards the whole world. We must also trust in His Mercy and become messengers of it to a sinful generation laden with guilt which often despairs of divine forgiveness.

GOING EVEN FURTHER, OUR HEARTS, IN SOME WAY MIRRORING THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, MUST ALSO BECOME CHANNELS OF HIS DIVINE MERCY FLOWING OUT FROM US TO OTHERS IN DEEDS. OF MERCY.

Jesus told Blessed Faustina:

"I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbor always and everywhere." [25]

In Scripture it is recorded that we will be judged on this very point. Jesus told His followers that when He comes in majesty for the final judgment, He shall separate the sheep from the goats. To the sheep on His right, He shall say,

"Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in; naked, and you covered me; sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me. . . Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me." (Matt. 25:34-36,40)

As we fulfill His command, then our world will begin to be progressively transformed into what Pope John Paul II has referred to as "a 'civilization of love' founded on the universal values of peace, solidarity, justice and liberty, which find their full attainment in Christ" [26] a civilization based on the Gospel of Life to counteract the 'culture of death' so prevalent today and to overcome the 'crisis of civilization' caused by its alienation from God.

5. We Become `Apostles' of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

When we consecrate ourselves totally to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary we desire Them to triumph and reign not only in our hearts and homes and lives, But ALSO IN THE HEARTS AND HOMES AND LIVES OF ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE AND IN ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. Ours are the sentiments of Pope St. Pius X when he exclaimed,

"O Divine King, we desire that Thou be Master of all. We acknowledge and publicly proclaim Thy rights over society, and we desire that they be solemnly recognized by the whole world." [27]

Pope John Paul II clearly emphasized the urgent necessity for a "new evangelization" as we enter the third millennium a proclamation of the Gospel attuned to the needs of a new generation and a response to the new challenges faced by the Church in the contemporary world.

The new evangelization must reach entire peoples and nations once rich in faith but which have lost their Christian heritage and have become progressively de-christianized in recent times. It must also reach large sectors of the world which have never been won for the Heart of Jesus Christ.

He assured us that the new evangelization

"will show its authenticity and unleash all of its missionary force when it is carried out through the gift not only of the word proclaimed but of the word lived" [28]

as St. Francis of Assisi put it so aptly many centuries ago when he asserted that the faith is never taught but rather caught.

Hence, we see the absolute necessity of our total consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the absolute necessity of allowing Their Hearts to triumph and reign in us and through us. LIKEWISE, WE SEE THE ABSOLUTE NECESSITY OF COMMITTING OURSELVES AS 'APOSTLES' OF THEIR HEARTS IN ORDER TO EXTEND THEIR TRIUMPH AND REIGN.

May our hearts so burn with the desire to make Them known and loved that we will cry out with St. Margaret Mary:

"Why cannot I make known to the whole world those treasures of graces which are stored up in the Heart of Jesus and which He is willing to pour out so plentifully upon those who are devoted to Him! By means of this devotion, He intends to preserve souls from destruction and to establish in them the reign of His love, which will suffer no one of those consecrated to It to perish" [29]

THEN INDEED, WE CAN BE HOPEFUL THAT THE THIRD MILLENNIUM WILL WITNESS THE TRIUMPH AND REIGN OF THE HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY IN ALL HEARTS EVERYWHERE!

6. The Twelve Promises.

In conclusion, we may say that there are countless effects and consequences of true devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary too numerous to elaborate on here, but many of them are included in the Twelve Promises of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart:

(1) I WILL GIVE THEM ALL THE GRACES NECESSARY IN THEIR STATE OF LIFE.

(2) I WILL ESTABLISH PEACE IN THEIR HOUSES.

(3) I WILL COMFORT THEM IN ALL THEIR AFFLICTIONS.

(4) I WILL BE THEIR SECURE REFUGE DURING LIFE, AND ABOVE ALL IN DEATH.

(5) I WILL BESTOW A LARGE BLESSING UPON ALL THEIR UNDERTAKINGS.

(6) SINNERS SHALL FIND IN MY HEART THE SOURCE AND THE INFINITE OCEAN OF MERCY.

(7) TEPID SOULS SHALL GROW FERVENT.

(8) FERVENT SOULS SHALL QUICKLY MOUNT TO HIGH PERFECTION.

(9) I WILL BLESS EVERY PLACE WHERE A PICTURE OF MY HEART SHALL BE SET UP AND HONORED.

(10) I WILL GIVE TO PRIESTS THE GIFT OF TOUCHING THE MOST HARDENED HEARTS.

(11) THOSE WHO SHALL PROMOTE THIS DEVO­TION SHALL HAVE THEIR NAMES WRITTEN IN MY HEART, NEVER TO BE BLOT ED OUT.

(12) I PROMISE THEE IN THE EXCESSIVE MERCY OF MY HEART THAT MY ALL-POWERFUL LOVE WILL GRANT TO ALL THOSE WHO COMMUNICATE (RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION) ON THE FIRST FRIDAY IN NINE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS THE GRACE OF FINAL PENITENCE. THEY SHALL NOT DIE IN MY DISGRACE NOR WITHOUT RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS. MY DIVINE HEART SHALL BE THEIR SAFE REFUGE IN THIS LAST MOMENT.

 Pope Pius XII summed up the effects of this Devotion when he wrote:

"It is altogether impossible to enumerate the heavenly gifts which devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has poured out on the souls of the faithful, purifying them, offering them heavenly strength, rousing them to the attainment of all virtues."[30] (emphasis added)

Part IV:
ENTHRONEMENT OF THE SACRED HEART OF
JESUS
In Homes, Schools, Parishes, Businesses,
Hospitals, Dioceses, Nations, Etc.

St. Margaret Mary wrote,

"Our Divine Lord assured me that He takes singular pleasure in being honored under the figure of His Heart, the image of which He wishes to be exposed in public in order to touch the unfeeling hearts of men. HE PROMISED THAT HE WOULD POUR OUT IN ABUNDANCE INTO THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE WHO WOULD HONOR HIS HEART ALL THE GIFTS WITH WHICH IT IS FILLED, AND THAT EVERYWHERE THIS IMAGE IS EXPOSED AND HONORED IT WOULD DRAW DOWN ALL KINDS OF BLESSINGS." [1] (emphasis added)

Pope Benedict XV stated that the Enthronement is

"the installation of the image of the Sacred Heart in the place of honor in the home as on a throne, in such a way that Our Divine Savior Jesus Christ is seen to reign in each Catholic home." [2]

This definition was repeated verbatim by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII. It is important to realize that the Enthronement is not just a beautiful ceremony. It is an outward visible recognition and sign of the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our hearts and homes and lives.

According to Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC., the Enthronement signified a "DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART WHICH LED TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF ONE'S ENTIRE LIFE." [3]

In a letter written by Pope Benedict XV to Father Mateo, the Holy Father said, in speaking of the Enthronement, that

"it propagates above all things, the Christian spirit in the home by setting up in each family the reign and the love of Jesus Christ . . . To follow Christ is to be permeated with a lively constant faith, which not only acts upon the mind and heart, but likewise governs and directs our conduct." [4]

Pope Paul VI, in a letter dated May 25, 1965, to the Superiors of Religious Orders dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus wrote:

"(You) are for modern men an example and eminent witness why they should cultivate this excellent form of piety in order to draw from it 'ever greater strength to conform their lives readily to the Gospel, to amend their conduct zealously, and to carry out the precepts of the divine law.' . . . Thus it is absolutely necessary that the faithful venerate and honor this Heart . . . and they must learn perfectly from Him how they are to live in order to answer the demands of the time. . ." [5]

From all of this it can be seen that the Enthronement in our homes must bring about an INTERIOR CONVERSION IN OUR HEARTS AND AN ENTIRE TRANSFORMATION IN OUR LIVES WHICH WILL MANIFEST ITSELF IN OUR DAILY CONDUCT, THEREBY GLORIFYING THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND GIVING WITNESS TO THE GOSPEL IN A GODLESS SOCIETY. And this is just what is happening. Many beautiful testimonies of changed lives and spiritual transformation are given by those who have had their homes enthroned.

Wonderfully in recent years there has also been a movement to enshrine the Image of the Heart of Mary in not only homes, but in parishes, schools, hospitals, businesses, prisons, dioceses and nations as well with consecration to Both Hearts. THIS IS A LIVING PROOF THAT THEY DESIRE TO EXTEND THEIR TRIUMPH AND REIGN TO ALL HEARTS EVERYWHERE!

Part V: PRACTICES WHICH FOSTER DEVOTION TO
THE
SACRED HEART OF JESUS
AND THE
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Besides the Enthronement, some practices which are very important in fostering true devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (they are not the devotion which as we have seen is interior, but are means of fostering it) would include the following:

1. Participating in daily Mass and receiving the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in Holy Communion.

2. Making a Daily Holy Hour in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament or if that is not possible, in one's home.

3. Taking part in an All-Night Vigil between the First Friday and the First Saturday of each month.

4. Going to Mass and receiving Holy Communion in a spirit of reparation on nine consecutive First Fridays and Five Consecutive First Saturdays as well as fulfilling Our Lady's other First Saturday requests.

5. Praying the Morning Offering devoutly as a renewal of our consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

6. Praying the Rosary daily while meditating on the Mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary in order to practice the virtues so evident in Their lives.

7. Wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as a sign of our consecration to Her and as a continual renewal of it.

8. Wearing the Miraculous Medal (of the Immaculate Conception) which has the image of the Two Hearts on the reverse side, as a sign of our consecration to them.

Hopefully, as we participate in these practices we will become 'apostles' of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary by doing all that we can to encourage others to join in them with us.

Part VI:
SOME DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING DEVOTION TO THE HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY

1. After the National Consecration of the Philippines to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 1987, an international effort emanates from there to promote devotion to the Two Hearts.

2. In 1992, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was solemnly and officially consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It was reconsecrated in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.

3. A Cardinal and several Philippine Bishops endorsed The Two Hearts Media Organization to disseminate the wish of Jesus for Communions of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to place devotion to Her Heart alongside devotion to His Heart. In 1993, they founded an international magazine entitled "The Voice of the Sacred Hearts."

4. In 1993, a Grand Alliance was formed to unite all Marian and Sacred Heart religious organizations in the U.S, Caribbean, Asian and European Nations.

5. In 1993, the Center for the Hearts of Jesus and Mary was opened in Hollywood, California.

6. In 1993, the Enthronement took place at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio with individual consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

7. In May of 1993 the Cathedral and Archdiocese of Sarajevo were officially consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

They had previously been consecrated. to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In 1994, a number of Roman Catholic organizations in the United States that have Sacred Heart and/or Immaculate Heart apostolates formed the Apostolate Alliance of the Two Hearts to promote devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary by a united effort.

In 1994, Latin American bishops formed a commission to promote the Alliance of the Two Hearts in twenty-two Latin American countries.

10. In August, 1994 before the Cairo Conference, the continent of Africa was consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

11. In 1994, the International Holy Family Year Congress Commission on the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, made the following resolutions that the church seriously consider a liturgical feast for the Alliance of the Two Hearts, honoring Them side by side on the same day; that the image of the Two Hearts be enthroned in every home; that national information and coordinating centers be established to promote the Alliance of the Two Hearts and the Five First Saturdays program.

12. In 1994, an International Congress on the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary was held in Dublin, Ireland.

13. In 1994, during the International Holy Family Year Congress, bishops from five continents consecrated themselves to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

14. In May of 1995, the International Theological Pastoral Convention on the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary was held in Rome declaring the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary to be the "Core and Foundation of our faith."

15. In February of 1996, when the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue visited Cebu, Leyte and Samar in the Philippines, Two Hearts Seminars were held in conjunction with this event.

Homes, parishes, religious organizations and congregations were reconsecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and pledged to make the daily and monthly Communion of Reparation as Our Lady had requested.

16. In the spring of 1996 the Documents of the "International Theological Pastoral Convention on the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary" held in Rome in May of 1995 were published in a book entitled Alliance of the Two Hearts, The Core of Our Faith.

17. In the new millennium, as an Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, millions of people are now sending their names to be placed on a computer disc and put into "the Heart" of Her statue at the Queen of the World Center in Fatima, Portugal.

Send your name to:

Queen of the World Center
P.O. Box 50
Asbury,
NJ 08802
U.S.A.

Part VII:
THE TRIUMPH OF THE
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
AND THE REIGN OF THE
SACRED HEART OF JESUS

NOW, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT WE ARE LIVING IN THE AGE OF THE HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY. We know that at Paray-le-Monial in the seventeenth century the Sacred Heart of Jesus assured St. Margaret Mary that He would reign through His Heart, in spite of His enemies. At Fatima in the twentieth century, the Blessed Virgin Mary assured the children that Her Immaculate Heart would triumph in the end.

By our true devotion and consecration to these Two Hearts we can hasten the day of Their final triumph and reign! As we allow Them to triumph and reign ever more and more in our own hearts and lives, we can help extend Their triumph and reign in the hearts and lives of people everywhere.

Then in the midst of a godless age we will give witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will manifest His Heart to an unbelieving generation which will know that He lives and reigns because it will see Him living and reigning in us hopefully in some way as He lives and reigns in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Jesus told us:

"You are the light of the world, a city seated on a mountain cannot be hid . . . So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matt. 5:14, 16)

St. Paul admonished us to

"be blameless, and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world. Holding forth the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ . . ." (Phil. 2:15-16)

Then the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will be able to say of us what St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

"You are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read by all men. Being manifested, that you are the epistle of Christ, ministered by us, and written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not in tablets of stone, but in the fleshly tablets of the heart." (2 Cor. 3:2­3)

Let us pray together this beautiful prayer of St. John Eudes:

"O Blessed Virgin Mary, I humbly beseech Thee, by Thy Immaculate Conception and through Thy pure Heart, to take full possession of my heart. Give it completely to Thy Divine Son and beg Him to banish from it all sin and to establish in it forever the perfect reign of His Divine love." [1]

Let us also pray together this beautiful prayer of Cardinal Newman:

"Jesus, flood my soul with Your Spirit and Life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your Presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!"

In conclusion, let us consecrate ourselves totally and forever to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

"O MOST LOVING HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY! WE VENERATE YOU. WE LOVE AND HONOR YOU. WE GIVE AND CONSECRATE OURSELVES TO YOU FOREVER. RECEIVE US AND POSSESS US ENTIRELY. PURIFY, ENLIGHTEN AND SANCTIFY US SO THAT WE MAY LOVE YOU, JESUS, WITH THE HEART OF MARY, AND LOVE YOU, MARY, WITH THE HEART OF JESUS.

O HEART OF JESUS LIVING IN MARY AND BY MARY! O HEART OF MARY LIVING IN JESUS AND FOR JESUS! O HEART OF JESUS PIERCED FOR OUR SINS AND GIVING US YOUR MOTHER ON CALVARY! O HEART OF MARY PIERCED BY SORROW AND SHARING IN THE SUF­FERINGS OF YOUR DIVINE SON FOR OUR REDEMPTION. O SACRED UNION OF THESE TWO HEARTS! PRAISED BE THE GOD OF LOVE WHO UNITED THEM TOGETHER! MAY HE UNITE OUR HEARTS AND EVERY HEART SO THAT ALL HEARTS MAY LIVE IN UNITY IN IMITATION OF THAT SACRED UNITY WHICH EXISTS BETWEEN THESE TWO HEARTS.

TRIUMPH, O SORROWFUL AND IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY! REIGN, O MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS! IN OUR HEARTS, IN OUR HOMES AND FAMILIES, IN YOUR CHURCH, IN THE LIVES OF ALL THE FAITHFUL, IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO AS YET KNOW YOU NOT, AND IN ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. ESTABLISH IN THE HEARTS OF ALL PEOPLE THE SOVEREIGN TRIUMPH AND REIGN OF YOUR TWO HEARTS SO THAT THE EARTH MAY RESOUND, FROM POLE TO POLE WITH ONE CRY: 'BLESSED FOREVER BE THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND THE SORROWFUL AND IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY!' "

EPILOGUE

O Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
O Hearts united in pure love
Set the hearts of all of us on fire
Enkindled from Your Hearts above

O Heart of Mary living in Jesus
O Heart of Jesus in Mary
Make all of our hearts like unto Your Hearts
In
peace, love and humility

Our sins pierced Your loving Heart, O Jesus
O Heart of Mary pierced by pain
Two Hearts united in untold sorrow
Let us not offend You again

Triumph, rule and reign, O Hearts beloved
In all hearts everywhere
Manifest now Your sovereign power
As well as Your merciful care

So the earth may resound from pole to pole
With this most magnificent cry
"
Blest be the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!"
Now while we live and when we die

WE CONSECRATE OURSELVES TO YOU FOREVER
O SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
WE WANT ALL HEARTS TO LOVE YOU, AND TO PRAISE
YOU
BOTH NOW AND IN ETERNITY

For Further Information:

1) To order copies of the booklet on which this webpage is based or other materials please use the link: Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

2) To learn more about the Fatima Message, the First Saturday Program of Reparation, to subscribe to Soul, magazine or to order the Home Enthronement Kit, please contact:

World Apostolate of Fatima
P.O. Box 976
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NJ 07882-0976

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3) To subscribe to The Voice of the Sacred Hearts magazine, or to order the book Alliance of the Two Hearts, The Core of Our Faith, please contact:

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REFERENCES

Part I: NECESSITY OF TRUE DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

1. Lanspergius (Legatus Divine Pietatis Lib. IV, Cap. IV) quoted in Jean Croiset, SJ, The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, p. 72.

2. Margaret Trouncer, The Nun, p. 181.

3. Father Francis Larkin, SS.CC:, Signs of Salvation, p. 9.

4. Ibid., p. 18.

5. Ibid., p. 28:

6. Pope Paul Vi, Appendix of Haurietis Aquas, p. 54.

7. Pope Paul Vi, quoted in Father Francis Larkin, Understanding the Heart, p. 5.

8. Pope John Paul II, Letter of John Paul on the Sacred Heart on the Occasion of the Third Centenary of the Death of St. Margaret Mary, 1990.

9. Pope Leo XIII, Annum Sacrum: Acts Leonis, Vol. XIX, 1900, p. 79, quoted in Father Francis Larkin, Understanding the Heart, p. 20.

Part II . THE TWO HEARTS

1. Pope Pius XII, Haurietis Aquas, #21.

2. Ibid., #22

3 Ibid., #106-107

4. Ibid., #100.

5. Ibid., #123, #124.

6. Pope Leo XIII, Annum Sacrum, quoted by Pope Pius XII in Haurietis Aquas, #14.

7. Pope Pius XI, Miserentissimiis Redemptor, XX, 1928, p. 167, quoted by Pope Pius XII in Haurietis Aquas, #15.

8. Pope Benedict XV quoted in Father Marcel Bocquet, SS.CC., The Firebrand, p. 76.

9. Pope Pius XII, Haurietis Aquas, #69, #86, #109, #113.

10. Pope John XXIII, Journal of a Soul, quoted in Father Francis Larkin, Understanding the Heart, p. 34.

11. Pope Paul VI, Appendix of Haurietis Aquas, pp. 53-54.

12. Pope John Paul II quoted in The Love of Christ as Made Known at Paray-le-Monial, p. 24.

13. Eudes, The Admirable Heart of Mary, p. 194.

14. Sister Lucia, Memoirs, p. 337

15. Sister Lucia, Fatima in Lucia's Own Words, p. 108.

16. Ibid., p. 112

17. Sister Lucia, Memoirs, p. 408.

18. Pope Pius XII, quoted in William Most, Mary in Our Life, p. 211.

19. Pope John Paul II, "Why Entrust the World to Her Immaculate Heart?" Voice of the Sacred Hearts, Jan-Feb. 1994, p. 18.

20. Ibid.,

21. Pope John Paul II, "From Nuclear War Deliver Us!" Voice of the Sacred Hearts, Jan-Feb. 1994, p. 15.

22. Ibid.,

23. Most Rev. Paolo Maria Hnilica, S.J., DD., "1994: The Year for Renewing Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary," Voice of the Sacred Hearts, March-April, 1994. p. 9.

24. Eudes, The Admirable Heart of Mary, p. 15.

25. Eudes, The Sacred Heart of Jesus, p. 110, p. 173 (cf. Oevres Completes, VIII. pp. 363-364.)

26. Sister Lucia, Fatima in Lucia's Own Words, p. 112 27 Sister Lucia, Memoirs, p. 408

28. John Haffert, "For the Two Hearts," Soul Magazine, Nov.-Dec., 1986, p. 17.

29. Fr. Michael O' Carroll quoted in "Alliance of the Two Hearts," Voice of the Sacred Hearts, Dec. 1995-Jan. 1996, p. 3.

Part III: CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

1. St. Margaret Mary, Thoughts and Sayings of St. Margaret Mary, 60, 57, 46.

2. St. John Eudes, The Admirable Heart of Mary, p. 268.

3. St. Margaret Mary, op. cit., p. 67.

4. Eudes, 22. op. cit., p. 265.

5. St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 57.

6. St. Margaret Mary, op. cit., pp. 18, 68.

7. Eudes, The Sacred Heart of Jesus, p. 96.

8. St. Margaret Mary, op. cit., xiv.

9. Jean Croiset, S.J., The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, p. 198.

10. de Montfort, 22. op. cit., p. 163.

11. Ibid., pp. 164, 165.

12. Eudes, The Sacred Heart of Jesus, p. 133.

13. Margaret Trouncer, The Nun, pp. 141-142.

14. Ibid., p. 145.

15. Ibid., p. 8.

16. Sister Lucia, Memoirs, p. 337.

17. Ibid., p. 401.

18. St. Margaret Mary, op. cit., p. 8.

19. Pope Plus XII, Haurietis Aquas, #107.

20. St. Margaret Mary, op. cit., p. 66.

21. Pope Pius XII, op. cit., #22.

22. Blessed Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul, # 299.

23. Ibid., #1520

24. Ibid., #330.

25. Ibid., #742.

26. Pope John Paul II, As the Third Millennium Draws Near, #52.

27. Pope St. Pius X quoted in Thoughts and Sayings of St. Margaret Mary, p. xvi.

28 Pope John Paul II, The Splendor of Truth, #107.

29 St. Margaret Mary quoted by First Friday Club of Atlanta Georgia

30 Pope Pius XII, Haurietis Aquas, #2.


Part IV: THE ENTHRONEMENT OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

1. Father Francis Larkin, Signs of Salvation, pp. 36-37.

2. Pope Benedict XV, Letter to Father Mateo, Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC. quoted in Fr. Marcel, Bouquet, The Firebrand, p. 76.

3. Ibid., p. 74.

4. Pope Benedict XV, loc. sit.

5. Pope Paul VI, Appendix of Haurietis Aquas, pp. 55-56.


Part VII. THE TRIUMPH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY AND THE REIGN OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS.

1 Eudes, The Admirable Heart of Mary, p. 216.


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