Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, by Leonhard Thoma
Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy heart of Jesus,
fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow
for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient,
and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, Good Jesus,
that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger.
Comfort me in my afflictions.
Give me health of body,
assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do,
and the grace of a holy death.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, 19th Century
Prayer to Mary
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
dwelling pure and holy, cover my soul
with your maternal protection,
so that being ever faithful to the voice of Jesus,
it responds to His love and obeys His Divine Will.
I wish, O my Mother, to keep unceasingly before me
your co-redemption in order to live intimately
with your heart that is totally united
to the Heart of your Divine Son.
Fasten me to this Heart by your own
virtues and sorrows.
Protect me always.
Prayer by Berthe Petit (a humble Franciscan Tertiary, born on January 23, 1870, in Enghien, Belgium)
Pentecost, by Master of the Baroncelli Portraits, 1489
Mary—Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church
963 Since the Virgin Mary’s role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider her place in the mystery of the Church. “The Virgin Mary . . . is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer.
. . . She is ‘clearly the mother of the members of Christ’. . . since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head.” “Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church.”
Mary ’s Motherhood with Regard to the Church
Wholly united with her Son . . .
964 Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. “This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death”; it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:
Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: “Woman, behold your son.”
965 After her Son’s Ascension, Mary “aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.” In her association with the apostles and several women, “we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.”
(from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)