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"It is hearts that must be changed. This will be accomplished only by the Devotion proclaimed, explained, preached and recommended everywhere. Recourse to My Mother under the title I wish for her universally, is the last help I shall give before the end of time." (4)

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"This picture of Our Lady of Ollignies is of a mysterious origin. It was discovered under peculiar circumstances in 1918 -- the year of the Armistice, in the Convent of the Bernardine nuns by whom Berthe Petit had been educated. After the withdrawal of the German troops from Belgium, consequent on the closure of the war, one of the sisters was asked to put up the cellar in order. Among the various papers, she found a piece of cardboard wrapped in an old newspaper, which she immediately tore off as useless, to be burnt along with other rubbish; but to her astonishment she found, underneath the cardboard, a beautiful picture of Our Lady. This was reported to the Mother Superior; the whole Community felt that their safety during the war was due to the special protection of Our Lady manifested by that picture within the precincts of the Convent. But in spite of a thorough investigation, they were never able to trace its origin. When it was shown to Berthe [Petit] in 1919, after her return from Switzerland, she at once recognized it as the picture of the two-fold symbol of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The image in the picture represents the Mother of God, holding in her left hand a lily, symbol of her Immaculate purity -- the gratuitous gift of her Divine Son; the finger of the right hand points out to her Sorrowful Heart surmounted by flames and pierced with a sword. The far-away gaze of the penetrating eyes seems as if the Blessed Virgin is beholding with sorrow the sins of mankind, which have caused the suffering expressed on the gentle countenance of her head, slightly inclined to the right. The gentle expression of the face is not quite unlike that of the "Pieta," so often seen in our Churches. At first, copies of this picture were distributed with discretion; but soon it came to be widely known and eagerly sought after all over Belgium. It bore "au verso," the Act of Consecration dictated by Our Lord Himself to Berthe Petit, and used by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Bourne, Primate of England, during and after the Great War, and the Imprimatur of the Bishop of Tournai." (1)

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"Teach souls to love the Heart of My Mother pierced with sorrow that transfixed My Own Heart." (Dec. 25, 1909) (1)

"My desire flows from My love on Calvary. In giving John to My Mother as a son, I entrusted the whole world to her Sorrowful Motherhood." (1)

"The Heart of My Mother has the right to the title of Sorrowful, and I wish it placed before that of Immaculate, because she herself has acquired it. The Church rightly acknowledges that which I did for My Mother: Her Immaculate Conception. What I now claim for Her is that she be honored with a title of Justice -- a title she has deserved through Her close identification with all my sufferings, through Her immolation on Calvary, accepted and borne for the salvation of mankind. She was particularly great in that Co-Redemption, and therefore, I ask that the invocation I have expressed, be approved and spread throughout the Church like the one addressed to My Heart, and recited by all My priests after the holy sacrifice of [the] Mass. Already many graces have been obtained through it, and many more will be granted; it will be spread until the Church is exalted and the world renovated through Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My Mother." (Sept. 8, 1911) (1)

"Let every soul cry out: Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us." (1914) (1)

"The hearts of men must be changed. This will only be realized through the devotion known, developed, preached and counseled everywhere. This is the last aid which God gives to the world before the end of time: Universal recourse to My Mother under the title I wish for her."  (July 2, 1940) (1)

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ba1sm.gif (16819 bytes) The featured publication for this month is the 47 page booklet, "The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary", Nihil Obstat Daniel Duivesteijn, S.T.D.; Imprimatur Bernard Cardinal Griffin, Archiepus Westmonasterii.  This booklet is adapted from the work, "The Art of Divine Love or Berthe Petit (Franciscan Tertiary, 1870-1943) " by Rev. I. Duffner, M.S.C. The booklet is a synopsis of the Message from the Sacred Heart of Jesus in favor of the Devotion to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary; together with a brief biography of Berthe Petit,an apostle of this devotion and a contemporary and colleague of Cardinal Mercier, Cardinal Bourne and the Rev. Garrigou Lagrange. Taken as a whole, these messages are essentially consistent with the authentic teaching of the Magisterium of the Church. To order, please send an email to: An invoice for $3.99 (covers shipping and handling) will be sent along with the book.
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(1) From "The Art of Divine Love or Berthe Petit (Franciscan Tertiary, 1870-1943) " by Rev. I. Duffner, M.S.C. Adapted from the French by Rev.Louis M. Shouriah; Printed at Don Bosco Press, Tanjore; 1955.
(2) Our Lady of Ollignies GIF file courtesy of James E. McNally, Jr.
(3) Berthe Petit photo from "Berthe Petit; Apotre du Coeur Douloureux et Immacule de Marie " by R.P. Colin, C.S.S.R.; Nouvelles Editions Latines, Paris France, 1967.
(4) From "The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary" Translated from the French by a nun of Kylemore Abbey; Prow Books, Franciscan Marytown Press; 1974.

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