THE HEART OF MARY
As the gem, such the ring; as the pearl, such the shell; as the jewel such the coffer. How beautiful must the Heart of Mary be! We have already meditated on the physical beauty of Mary; we have already said that God made Her the most beautiful of all creatures since She was to be the Mother of the most beautiful of the sons of men. All this beauty must have been condensed in that Immaculate Heart.
The bodies of the saints, their relics and, in some instances, their heart, as for example in the case of St. Theresa of Jesus, are venerated by devoted souls. But there is no comparison between those relics, and the veneration they rightly receive, and the Heart of Our Heavenly Mother, since every act of cult rendered to the Heart of Mary redounds as an act of honor to the person of Mary.
We kiss the hand of a superior, we kiss the foot of the Holy Father; but when doing so we show respect and affection to the whole person. So it is with the Heart of Mary. Whatever honor we render it, is a homage to Her whole person. It is Her greatness, Her virtue, Her purity and sanctity that we venerate and honor.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]