From all eternity, the Triune God knew of the forthcoming perfidy of Man, and that the Second Person of the Word would have to become incarnate to redeem Mankind. Thus, it also knew that a perfect vessel, the immaculate and sinless womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, would have to be prepared so that the God-Man could come into the world. From all eternity, therefore, the Blessed Virgin Mary already existed in the Thought of the Creator. And if we accept the axiom that once the Creator thinks about something or someone, that person is willed into existence, at least in Spirit. It is not surprising that some early Church Fathers and saints thought that the initial portion of the 1st chapter of the Book of Sirach refers to Our Mother, especially when it says:
“Before all things else wisdom was created; and prudent understanding from eternity. To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed? Who knows her subtleties? There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring, seated upon his throne: It is the Lord; he created her. He has poured her forth upon all his works, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends.” (Sirach 1:4-8)
Imbued with the Spirit, Our Lady has properly been called Seat of Wisdom, Sedes Sapientiae.
The New Testament is replete with references to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Jesus asks us to be meek and humble of heart like He is. Mary ponders certain events deep in her heart. Mary’s own heart (and soul) will be pierced as predicted by the holy man Simeon during the Presentation, foretelling of the many painful burdens that she must endure all the way up to Calvary. Since Mary was schooled in the Temple almost from the time she could reason up to the time of her betrothal, she must surely have been well versed in the scriptures, especially those from David’s psalms and from the prophet Isaiah. They both pointed out to the suffering servant, a man who would be unrecognizable because of his many wounds, something Mary knew would be the fate of her precious child, Jesus the Messiah. What a heavy burden then for the Immaculate and sinless Mother to carry, knowing practically from the time of the Incarnation that her son would have to be sacrificed and immolated so that heaven could be opened once again to Man.
Jesus got His humanity from Mary and her blood coursed through His veins. Their hearts beat in tandem, knowing full well what would have to happen in the time designated by the Father for the ultimate and perfect sacrifice: the passion, torture, crucifixion and death of Jesus.
Because of their love and devotion for one another and their collective commitment to the Redemption of the human race, the Church from the earliest time has meditated on the wonder of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary. But it was St Bonaventure who, in the 13th century, wrote many treatises on the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart. St John Eudes (1601-1680), on the other hand, is known as the founder of the modern devotion to the Two Hearts. He delved deep into the treasure of the Church’s early writings for literature on the two hearts. Among his many seminal works are the ff: “The Admirable Childhoo of the Most Holy Mother of God”, “The Admirable Heart of the Mother of God”, “The Life and Kingdom of Jesus”, “The Sacred Heart of Jesus”, and “The Admirable Heart of Mary”.
Over time, the Church instituted the devotions to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart, and even formulae for consecration to the two hearts.
Today, we have the Alliance of the Two Hearts devotion, that seeks to highlight certain important points:
First, the Reparation being made to the Father by the Heart of Jesus; Second, the reparation or consolation we are called upon to make to the Heart of Jesus; Third, the reparation to the Father made by the Heart of Mary; and, last, the reparation or consolation we are called to make to the Heart of Mary.
It is a beautiful and proper devotion, and we can do no less than to worship the Sacred Heart and reverence the Immaculate Heart if only because of the great love they continue to have for us, and the great suffering they once had to undergo for us.