The Three Hearts
|Many people get
confused when speaking of the Sacred Heart of Christ
and the Immaculate
Heart of Our Lady. They're unable to remember how to recognize
which, as well. The picture above shows first the Sacred Heart of
Jesus. Next comes the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady. You'll notice that
Christ's Sacred Heart is encircled with thorns and topped with a Cross
while Our Lady's Heart is surrounded by roses and, as it's often
depicted, pierced with a sword (sometimes it's shown as pierced by
three or seven swords).
The third heart above is the heart of St. Joseph, too often forgotten.
But he shouldn't be. Fathers are so important, and now more than ever,
we need to embrace St. Joseph as a patron, asking him to help fathers
and the cause of fatherhood. You can recognize St. Joseph's heart by
the lilies surounding it.
All three hearts are topped by flames symbolizing divine love.
Note that when Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are referred to, they're almost
mentioned or depicted in that order.
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