Monday, July 30, 2007


4. Most Tender Devotion.
It must be a sweet task indeed for you to penetrate into this Heart of Mary, to study its affections, to know its beatings, to be aware of its love. You cannot know Mary unless you have entered that Heart of Her's. To know Mary you must know Her Heart. The more you study Her love, the more complete your knowledge of Her will be. A sweet consideration indeed and a sweet devotion too. God Himself knows Our Lady so. He loves and esteems Her just for the love of Her Heart.

And not only Mary but ourselves also. We men know one another by looking at one another's faces which is why we are so often sadly mistaken. How deceiving our appearance sometimes is! All of us have some share of hypocrisy. How skillful we are in concealing our real feelings. But God cannot be deceived. His knowledge is not based on appearances. He does not stop at a mere glance at our faces. He goes straight into the recesses of our heart. He reads what we are.

When God in this manner looks into the Heart of Mary what complacency and satisfaction will He experience at that sight! When God looks at my heart will He feel pleased or disgusted, consoled or horrified?

Ask from Our Lord a ray of that penetrating light which pierces the heart. Use that divine light in order to look into the Heart of your Mother and then seeing the difference be ashamed of your own soul and ask the grace of imitating Her. Entreat Her to make you a little more similar to Her, to give you a heart to Her own liking.

[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]