The immaculate heart of Mary is conjoined to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who is One in Being with the Father and the Holy Spirit. When, with my whole heart, I recite the Ave Maria, I join my heart to Mary, who through her grace and perfection joins my heart to Jesus. In this way I perceive what my restless heart constantly seeks: closeness with the Father. This is both a response to the gift of faith and a reinforcement of it through God’s encouragement.  When, with my whole heart, I pray to God directly, I feel my heart conjoined with His and, if He decides to grant it, I briefly experience the indescribable bliss of union with Him.

It is God’s heart that gives us life, because He is love itself. Without God’s love our own hearts would stop beating. This is why He tells us “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). The new heart of His promise is the Sacred of Heart of Jesus, which is both wounded for our sins and on fire with infinite love and mercy. 


In my infinitely limited human imagination I have imagined God’s heart filling the universe: at the center of galaxies and all the beautiful structures of the universe, with indescribable peace and infinite but gentle power. God’s promise to draw us into His glory will enable us to evolve to an eternal state far beyond our current dimension and allow us to see things that we cannot even begin to conceive of now.