When we are in Adoration we believe that we are not alone. Our faith teaches us that along with our Lord’s Real Presence—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—are present the whole host of heaven, all the angels and the saints, and even the souls in purgatory, as true members of the Mystical Body of Christ. “Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church.” (St. Ignatius of Antioch as quoted in CCC 830) Not only are the saints and angels present, they also want to assist us—to unite our prayers with theirs, to join in our praise and adoration, and to aid us through their intercession. In addition to this, “Our Lord revealed to St. Mechtilde, a nun of the Holy Order of St. Benedict, that when she went to Communion, if she did not feel any devotion in herself, she should desire to have the devotion and the love of all the holy souls who had ever received Communion and He would consider her as if she did indeed possess it.” (St. John Eudes, The Kingdom of Jesus, P.J. Kennedy and Sons, p 134) What a treasure of love and adoration we have at our disposal to offer to the Lord.
If this is true of the angels and saints, how much more is it true of their Queen and ours, the Blessed Virgin Mary? By offering to Jesus the desire to love Him with His Mother’s love, we can truly love the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the Immaculate Heart of Mary! “O Blessed Mother, the love of your Heart for God is infinitely greater than that of all the hearts of the angels and saints.” (St. John Eudes, The Admirable Heart of Mary, P.J. Kennedy and Sons, p 146) What an amazing gift the Lord has given to us. “Behold your Mother,” He told us on the Cross. (John 19:27) During communion, we can, in turn, say the same to Him as we offer Him her Heart and her love. But it does not stop there. On Calvary, Jesus had also said to Mary, “Woman, behold your son.” (John 19:26) We are hers by the will of the Lord. He wants us to freely renew and ratify this gift of ourselves He has given to her. To do so, we can again use His words and say to her, “Woman, behold your son (or daughter).” She will then teach our hearts to imitate her love, to love Jesus like she does. As Mediatrix of all graces, she will share with us the faith and humility we need to behold—with her—the awesome mystery of our God emptying Himself to become the Bread of Life. She was, after all, the first to adore His Most Precious Body and Blood as she carried Him within her womb. She adored Him throughout His entire life, always acknowledging with the most profound faith that her God was truly present. His infant cries and His childhood play could not conceal the Almighty Lord from her gaze. Nor could His Cross and Death confuse or confound her wholehearted belief that He was the Divine Savior of all people.
Like the saints, Mary is always present when we are in Adoration. As the first and pre-eminent member of the Body of Christ, the Blessed Mother is undoubtedly present wherever her Son is—wherever there is Jesus, there is Mary. Near our Eucharistic Lord, her ardent love and fervent faith can inspire and guide our hearts whenever we come into His Presence. She can fortify our weakness and teach us the compassionate gaze that will bring glory and consolation to her beloved Son. The more we give ourselves to her the more she is able to form us into loving adorers and humble consolers of His Most Sacred Heart.
—By Sr. Teresa of the Two Hearts, OSIHJM