A writer on Fatima once wrote the following:
"...a short time after Pascal had carried out the first experiments in modern physics and Descartes had perfected the mathematical instruments which would make possible the development of the sciences, Jesus appeared to an obscure nun and, showing her his heart, said to her: 'This is the heart that has so loved men.'
"Then, as men did not listen to the message of Paray-le-Monial and the corruption of the world continued, the Virgin Mary appeared to the children at Fatima; she showed them her heart and said: 'The Lord wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. If what I say is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.'”
The Church places this feast the day after the feast of the Sacred Heart in order to show the closeness of the two feasts. The love that Jesus has in his heart for us is reflected in the heart of Mary.
There is something wonderful and tender in contemplating the heart of the Mother of the Church: it is a reflection of the love that we all hold for our own mother’s and how when we look back on them we do so with fondness. As we grow older we realize and understand the problems of life more and we begin to appreciate that love and constancy of what our mother’s do and did for us.
In the same way Mary is the Mother of the Church; she watches over it and tries to help her children in any way she can. She has the heart of a mother, she has watched the triumph and failures of her son and she knows that he wins through in the end.
Today we are called to reflect on the love the Mary has for us as her children; what a wonderful thought!