Divine love is ingenious. The holy soul ever invents new means to think of, and to love Jesus, the object of her affections. The presence of creatures only serves to remind the fervent Christian of the Great Creator, that he may love Him. “The Heavens and the earth, “says St. Augustine, ” Tell me to love Thee, O my God.” And when the Saint beheld the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains and the rivers, they appeared to him to say “Augustine, love your God; for He has created us for you, that you might love Him.”
O most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Inspire us to avail ourselves of every occasion to think of Thee, and to love Thee. O how many are the daily occasions of thinking on Our Blessed Lord.
For instance, the rain falls in heavy showers upon us, or we hear it pitter-patter on our windows; we turn our thoughts to Jesus and say – I wish that every drop of this shower, as well as all the rain that has ever fallen, were an almighty act of immense Holy Love and fervent reparations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the most adorable and Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We then may take a walk by the sea-shore, wave succeeds wave which break and foam at our feet. The guttural thunder from the seas depths remind the thoughtful soul of the Almighty. We say – Would that every drop of water of all the great oceans, the seas, the lakes, and the rivers, were an almighty harmonious act of love and of Holy reparations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the most adorable and Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The grains of sand on the sea-shore appear as countless as those droplets of water from the deep. In our souls we may say – I wish that every grain of sand in the world had an angel’s tongue to praise and bless, to adore and to love the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most adorable and Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Next we journey onto dry land and into the forests, here we see the leaves on the trees in all their varied forms, hues, and beauty, they appear just as countless as those grains of sand on the sea-shore, or as infinite as those droplets of water that make up the deep; we turn our thoughts to Jesus and say – I desire for every leaf in the forests of the world, to elicit a perfect act of faith, of homage, of love, and of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the most adorable and Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In spring and in summer we love to walk through the lush gardens and the fields, meditating on all the lovely, colourful flowers, and on the blades of grass which stand proud pointing Heavenwards guiding us towards the stars in their myriads and our true home above. We think of Jesus and say – I wish that every blade of grass which the earth has ever produced, or shall produce, had the Immaculate Heart of Mary to adore and to love, to praise and glorify the most adorable and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We continue to look to the Heavens, we see the planets revolving and spinning in harmony and in the order of God’s bidding; we admire the twinkling stars scattered, in their millions like glittering clouds of dust. In calculating their magnitude, their distance from us, our minds expand, in wondrous admiration and awe of the wisdom and omnipotence of the Great Creator.
For instance, the sun is about 95 million miles distant from us; the nearest fixed star is distant from us 20, 000, 000, 000, 000 – 20 billion miles, and distinct observations can be made on fixed stars, distant 17, 000 billion in miles! A ray of light, travelling as it does, at the velocity of 12 million miles a minute, would take 2,600 years to come to the earth from these stars, so that the light of which they emitted at the birth of the Redeemer will not come to the earth for another 700 years more. A cannon ball, travelling at the uniform velocity of 20 miles a minute, would take 1,530,000 years to come to the earth from those stars. The magnitude of the works of God! By the means of a microscope we could see the atom of a grain of gold, divided into 50,000,000 parts. Powerful microscopes can discern insects so small that it is calculated 1,000, 000,000,000 could fit into a cubic inch and 150 million could dance around in a glass of water. The minuteness of the works of God!
Here the human mind, though yet far from the frontiers of creation, is lost, in the boundless realms of micro and macrocosmic space. “The Heavens, ” Says the Royal Psalmist, ” Show forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the works of His hands” (Psalm 19 – 2). The light of God’s presence shines upon the most remotest of orbs as it does upon our very own souls. ” Do not I fill Heaven and the earth, saith the Lord” (Jerimiah 23 – 24) All the space which the mind of man can survey, and trackless regions beyond the grasps and scope of human intellect and imagination, are but points of seeming insignificance compared to the infinite immensity of the Almighty God.
When we look up to the distant heavens and to the Immaculate Cosmos, Immaculata Cosmica and when our minds by the aid of true science, travel from orb to orb through the boundless realms of space, let us conceive all space as fulfilled by God, from the most minutest of particles that matter has, is and will make manifest, and let us wish that each of those atoms to be an incredible act of lively faith, of the most proud homage; of the purest love, and of the most Holy reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the most adorable and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
O sweetest Jesus! Grant us an ardent love for Thy Sacred Heart and inspire us with a true and renewed spirit of reparation and consecration to your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. O Lord you are the Alpha and the Omega and only you make all things new.