The three hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Each heart is on fire for love of us, the Church. The heart has long been the symbol of our very selves; when it stops beating long enough, we die. In ancient Judaism, the heart was the core of the person both physically and spiritually. It’s where all your emotions came from. Even now we use this same kind of language – “I put my heart into it” or “I love you from the bottom of my heart”.
Jesus knows that humans are material creatures (as well as spiritual); we need to see, feel, touch, smell, and hear. This is why the traditional Mass is so full of song and incense, and Jesus uses bread and wine to transform into His body and blood.
He also uses His heart to help us understand His love for us. And over the years, Jesus has ordained that Mary and Joseph use their hearts as well.
I explain each heart in detail on their individual listings.
For the Sacred Heart click here.
For the Immaculate Heart click here.
For the Most Chaste Heart click here.
I’ve put these three on my laptop by my keyboard and what used to be blank suddenly has something for me to look at – and it’s good and holy and reminds me of the Holy Family’s sacrifices.
Jesus’ Passion shown in the crown of thorns and pierced heart.
Mary’s sorrows, so intense that the prophet Simeon said they would be as a sword piercing her heart, as well as her dedication to purity.
And Joseph’s dedication purity even though in the eyes of men he was married to Mary, he perpetually chose to stay chaste out of love for her.
Sacrifice, compassion (suffering with), and purity bound together through these three little stickers.
It really has been bringing prayer into more of my day.