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
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.
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.
Sacred Heart of Jesus I trust in You.
Painful and Immaculate Heart of
Mary pray for us.
"Seek the intercession
of the Sorrowful and
Pope Benedict XV
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
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
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.
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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