As we celebrate Our Mother Mary this May, here is a fitting excerpt from an upcoming book by blogger Dana Doyle, The Answer for Families, due to be released later this month!
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.” Revelation 12:1
If I spoke about the enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and failed to mention the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I would be greatly remiss. The two devotions truly do go hand in hand. In fact, in the Church, the first Friday of each month is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the first Saturday of each month to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is what our Lord requested in his apparition to St. Margaret Mary.
If you have not given much thought to Mary, I invite you to do so now. When Jesus was crucified, Mary and John the Evangelist stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus said, “ Mother here is your son. Son, here is your mother.” In that moment, He gave Mary to all of us, who, like John, are Jesus’ adopted brothers and sisters.
Mother Mary is so wonderful in that she is the perfect mother. When our earthly mothers let us down, we have a heavenly mother who is there for us without fail. When requested, she wraps her mantle around our families and sees to our needs as if they were her own. Just as she did at the wedding feast at Cana, when she asked Jesus to turn the water in the vessels to wine, she intercedes for us, bringing our greatest needs and desires to Jesus who cannot resist her.
When we pray for the intentions of the Sacred Heart as we do in the morning offering, (see the last page of this chapter) we are also praying for the intentions of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The two are so connected that the concerns of one are the concerns of the other. The two hearts are united in a perfect love. In enthroning our homes to Jesus, we receive twice the benefit! We entrust our hearts and our families to our Savior, and we receive the personal care and direction of our Blessed Mother, who never fails to bring us closer to her Son, Jesus.
If you are interested in learning more about Marian consecration, I recommend a magnificent book by Fr. Michael Gaitley. It is entitled 33 Days to Morning Glory, a Personal Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration. The reader is supposed to reflect upon one passage per day over the course of a thirty-three day period leading up to a Marian feast day. I confess that the book was so good, and so easy to read that I had to read through it at once, then go back and take it a day at a time. I couldn’t put it down! Recently, I consecrated myself “to Jesus through Mary” on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11th. Fr. Gaitley’s retreat book has gotten me really excited about this next step on my spiritual journey!
Dana Doyle is a teacher and religion coordinator at Lady of the Lake School in Mandeville, a wife, a mother of three, an author and an avid blogger. Visit her blog, “Catholic Working Mom” at www.danardoyle.wordpress.com. Read more about this blogger here.