THE HEART OF MARY
The object of the devotion to the most Pure Heart of Our Lady may be considered in two ways. The material object and the formal object. Just as man is made of two elements, one material and visible, his body, the other spiritual and invisible, his soul, and the union of both elements makes the complete man, so in a similar manner in this devotion to the Heart of Mary we must distinguish its two elements in order to understand well in what this devotion consists. The material element is the physical heart, the real and palpitating heart of Our Heavenly Mother, a heart of flesh, human and in everything similar to that of the rest of men. The formal element, the invisible and immaterial part, consists in the love, in that ardent charity contained in, and symbolized by, that most Pure Heart. Putting either element aside would mean destroying, or at least maiming, this devotion to the Heart of Mary. Whenever we speak of, or meditate on, the most Pure Heart of Mary, we must mean to honor the love of the Holy Virgin contained in Her Heart as in a precious vessel. Her love is a jewel but Her Heart is the coffer which contains it.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]