Personally, what does this mean for each of us? With the help of grace it is vital that each of us strive to establish unity within ourselves. There is to be an internal order of things. The mind must be subject to the heart; the heart must be subject to the Divine Will.
What does this mean to each one of us as children of the One Father? It means that as Jesus commanded, we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves, in fact, that we are to love our enemy even if our enemy does not love us.
What does this mean to each of those consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? It means that each one must reach out to others by way of the heart. It means that if there is a wish to be effective in carrying out Our Lady's pleas, especially to help her to win her battle against satan, each of her little ones must be bonded to all others in love. Anytime the mind is allowed to divide members of her family, there is a tilt in favor of satan and our Heavenly Mother's position is weakened.
It is sad that there are those of Mary's children who belittle each other, criticize each other, look down upon each other, mistrust each other, compete with each other, judge each other, snub each other, ridicule each other, hamper each other, slander each other, are hostile towards each other, treat each other with a lack of love and the litany goes on.
In unity there is strength. There can be no strength if we do not live in our hearts. We know that all would go better and we would be of greater help to Mary if, as she asks of us, we would pray with the heart. We cannot however pray with the heart if we do not live IN the heart! We do not live in the heart if we do not do hearty things. If we wish to be a source of strength in Mary's cohort of little people, it must be that each of us must make a decision to be generous in doing hearty things for each other. Let's make Valentines Day every day! Not in the same manner as we're prone to celebrate such as this past weekend, but in God's Way for it is the Holy Spirit Who is the Chief Unifier! In addition to our consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, there is an additional need to enter into a consecration to the Holy Spirit. Mary, herself, extends an invitation to each of her children to lean more on her Spouse so that her Immaculate Heart may triumph sooner.
In my next installment I will begin to touch on listening to Jesus for when we do, we are listening to our heart.
To review Father Valenta's previous columns in this series, go to Archives beginning with the August 18, 1997 issue of A CALL TO PEACE: volume 8, no. 16.