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O most loving mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, you who never reject nor despise anyone who turns to you with a contrite heart nor refuse to console the afflicted, behold, poor and sinful, I draw near to your holy image with deep devotion, and beseech you to obtain for me the grace to honor and love you with all my strength.

O merciful Heart of Mary, let me obtain mercy from you as so many sinners already have obtained it; for what is your Heart, O Mary, but a Heart of mercy? How is it possible, then, that grace could be refused to anyone who implores it from this seat of mercy?

Most tender and compassionate Mother, you know how much an afflicted heart is in want of compassion, because the intensity of your sufferings was so great that all mankind together would have been incapable of supporting it.

Oh, what unutterable bitterness filled your soul when you did contemplate the disfigured form of your beloved Son, when you did receive His mangled and lifeless Body into your virginal arms, and pressing It tenderly to your maternal heart, did embrace It countless times, did bedew It with a stream of burning tears, and finally did rest your agonizing heart on the wounded brow of your Jesus!

I recall to your mind this your inexpressible anguish, and beseech you to obtain for me the pardon of my sins. O Mary, intercede for me with Jesus, whom you did bear in thy arms! O Jesus! O Mary! by your unutterable suffering, have pity on me, a miserable sinner. O dearest Jesus, show to Your Heavenly Father all the wounds and anguish which You did bear for me! O sweetest Virgin, show Him all the tears which you did shed for me! O Son! O Mother! show Him all the agony, all the anguish of heart which you endured for me.

O Mary, I beseech you, through this most painful mystery of your dolors, obtain mercy for me from Our God the Father, and taking the mangled and dead Body of your beloved Son into your maternal arms, offer Him to the Eternal Father in the same manner as you did once offer Him His pierced Side and your own broken Heart, His bitter sufferings and your painful compassion, His and your burning tears, His and your sighs, in a word, everything which Jesus and you suffered upon earth, that, through these same sufferings, you may obtain mercy and pardon for me. Amen
This picture, somewhat mysterious in its origin, was discovered at the time of the 1918 armistice in the cellar of the boarding school where Berthe Petit, a humble Franciscan Tertiary, had been educated. After the troops had departed one of the Bernardine nuns in putting things in order found a piece of cardboard on which was pasted a pornographic picture and she tore it off to consign it to flames. To her astonishment she found that it covered this beautiful representation of the Blessed Virgin! It seems to combine the art of both the Eastern and the Western Rites. The facial features resemble those of the well known Pieta.
Prayer before this picture has brought Signal Favors of Almighty God.
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Berthe Petit, (1870- 1943) was a Franciscan Tertiary known for her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. http://www.spiritualite-chretienne.com
Sacred Heart of Jesus I trust in You.
Painful and Immaculate Heart of
Mary pray for us.
"Seek the intercession
of the Sorrowful and
Immaculate Heart
of Mary"
Pope Benedict XV
May 1915
Berthe Petit - Her Mission made Manifest
Revelations from Our Lord Jesus Christ
In Belgium of 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War a special baby girl was born, who was later to become a mystic. She was named Berthe Maria. Before she received any visions from Our Lord, she had received the invisible stigmata: in her humility she had begged that the marks not be made visible. The wounds were very painful for her, especially on Good Friday and other Fridays. She experienced the pains in her hands and feet and side. The worst pain of all was caused by the torment to her head which was like the pain of thorns pressing into her. This pain was so great and constant she slept but rarely.

It was not until she was 39 years old that the indication of her actual mission was made manifest: During Midnight Christmas Mass she saw the wounded Heart of Jesus and close by was the pierced Heart of His Mother. Then she heard these words:

"Cause My Motherís Heart, transfixed by sorrows that rent Mine, to be loved.

The Heart of My Mother has the right to be called Sorrowful and I wish this title placed before that of Immaculate because she has won it herself. The Church has defined in the case of My Mother what I myself had ordained ---- Her Immaculate Conception. This right which My Mother has to a title of justice, is now, according to My express wish, to be known and universally accepted. She has earned it by her identification with My sorrows; by her sufferings; by her sacrifices and her immolation in Calvary endured in perfect correspondence with My grace for the salvation of mankind . . . "
(September 8, 1911)

This was her apostolate, to spread devotion to the Sorrowful Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary. In the following February she had a vision of the two Hearts intertwined with a dove hovering above. Jesus spoke to her again telling her to live in the two Hearts, requesting of her: " . . . you must spread devotion to this Heart so wholly united to Mine."

A few weeks later, He told her: "The world must be dedicated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My Mother as it is dedicated to Mine." She had other revelations both from Jesus and Mary who told Berthe that she was not only the Immaculate Conception, but the Mother of the Sorrowful Heart.

In the summer of 1912, Berthe began receiving more political messages or prophecies from Our Lord. He forewarned her about World War I and a coming chastisement later. After the Germans entered Brussels, Jesus revealed to her: "The worst calamities I predicted are unleashed. The time has now arrived when I wish mankind to turn to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My Mother."

"Let this prayer be uttered by every soul:

ĎDOLOROUS AND IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, PRAY FOR USí

So that it may spread as a refreshing and purifying balm of reparation that will appease My anger."


Both the Primate of Belgium, Cardinal Mercier and the Primate of England, Cardinal Bourne helped Berthe, the latter writing two pastorals on devotion to the Sorrowful Heart; he went further, consecrating England to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. He then prescribed prayers to be said on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which was on a Friday of that year, 1916. That same day was a turning point in the War and England had a great victory. World War I ended in September of 1918 and Jesus appeared to Berthe again, saying:

"If I had not intervened in answer to the recourse to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My Mother and through the leadership of My apostle, Francis (Cardinal Bourne), victory would have been on the side . . . who had ambitions . . . for why should I come to the aid of a France intent on persecuting My Church . . . That is why trials will continue until the day when, humbly acknowledging her errors, this nation will render Me My rights and give full liberty to My Church."

In October of 1920, Our Lord told Berthe of how exalted His Motherís Sorrowful Immaculate Heart was, saying:

"The title Immaculate belongs to the whole being of My Mother, and not specifically to her Heart . . this title flows from My . . . gift to the Virgin who has given Me birth. However, My Mother has acquired for her Heart the title, Sorrowful by sharing . . . all the sufferings of My Heart and My Body, from the crib to the Cross . . . The title of Sorrowful is most dear of all to Me."
"It is hearts that must be changed. This will be accomplished by the Devotion proclaimed, explained, preached and recommended everywhere. Recourse to My Mother under this title I wish for her universally, the last help I shall give before the end of time." (July 2, 1940)
Prayer to Painful and Immaculate
Heart of Mary
Composed by Berthe Petit
Painful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
dwelling pure and holy,
cover my soul with thy maternal protection
so that being ever faithful to the voice of Jesus,
it responds to His love
and obeys His Divine Will.

I wish, O, my Mother,
to keep unceasingly before me
thy co-redemption,
in order to live intimately with thy Heart
that is totally united to the Heart
of thy Divine Son.

Fasten me to this Heart
by thine own virtues and sorrows.
Protect me always.
Amen
Madonna and Child by Fra Angelico; 1433; Staatliche Museen, Berlin; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
N.B.: The word "Dolorous" or "Painful" is often substituted in English translations for the word "Sorrowful". While there is no doubt that both Mary and Jesus experienced sorrow during their Passions and sufferings, the word falls short in conveying the actual pain that they felt. French, Spanish, Italian and Latin texts, among others, convey the pain or dolor, and not just the sorrow.
Miraculous Image of the Dolorous and Immaculate Heart of the Most Holy Mary and Berthe Petit's Mission
 
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