12 June 2010

"A sword shall pierce thine own Heart..."

The scriptures tell us that "Mary kept these things, and pondered them in her heart..."  Devotion to the Heart of Mary is based upon the love we have for her, and the virtues she exhibits.  There is, of course, a close connection between the Heart of Mary and Our Lady of the Atonement, the Woman who "stood beneath the Cross."  It was there that she was a kind of "living icon" in fulfillment of the prophecy of St. Simeon, that her own heart would be pierced by the spear of sorrow.  As St. Augustine wrote, through her presence at the crucifixion of her Son "she cooperated through charity in the work of our redemption."

O God, who didst will that in the passion of thy Son a sword of grief should pierce the Heart of the blessed Virgin Mary his Mother: Mercifully grant that thy Church, having shared with her in his passion, may be made worthy to share in the joys of his resurrection; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.