"AD IESUM PER MARIAM"
The Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts believe that in order to truly have a heart like Mary's, we must strive to lead a life reflecting that of Mary.
When we live as Mary did, our hearts and minds are more perfectly focused on Her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. With our focus fixed on Christ, we are able to see Him in others.
A heart like Mary's gives our minds the Christian clarity to see Her Son in the face of our family, our friends, the poor, the refugee, the sick, the suffering, those who hate us, and those who love us.
We believe that an effective way to attain a heart like Mary's is to begin by total consecration.
While there are a several excellent books available that outline total consecration to Jesus through Mary and prepare the reader for the act, the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts are strongly encouraged to read the book, “True Devotion to Mary with Preparation for Total Consecration,” by St. Louis de Montfort.
The notion that in order to see Christ more clearly we must view the world through Marian lenses is by no means revolutionary, neither is it a theory held exclusively be the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts. In a clear and concise manner, The Institute of the Incarnate Word refers to the necessity of Marian Consecration and “Marianizing life.”
The institute’s fourth vow, referred to as “Consecration to Mary in Maternal Slavery of Love,” the text of their constitution reads, in part:
We pray that the Blessed Virgin Mary form, mold, and guide of all our actions. In this way, we can say with our entire soul and heart, now and forever, “Totus tuus, Maria!”
According to St. Louis de Montfort, Consecration to Mary is done as a “filial slavery of love.” He refers to such slavery as “willing” or “loving,” because, as we are moved only by love, we freely and willingly offer ourselves and all our goods to Mary and to Jesus Christ through her. This offering is a fuller and more conscious renewal of the promises made in our baptism, when we were clothed in Christ. Moreover, Mary’s dominion and maternal providence over all things, especially over the souls of the faithful, becomes manifest through this loving consecration.
According to Saint Bonaventure, “Any faithful soul, and even the universal Church, is a slave of Mary the Queen.” St. John Paul II says, “Surrender to Mary, in the spirit of St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, has seemed to me the best means of participating fruitfully and effectively in this reality, in order to draw from it and share with others its inexpressible riches… I think we are confronted here with the sort of paradox often to be noted in the Gospels, the words ‘holy slavery’ signifying that we could not more fully exploit our freedom… For freedom is measured by the love of which we are capable.”
By this slavery of love, we offer Christ through Mary not only our bodies, souls, and goods, but also our good works (past, present and future), together with their satisfactory and meritorious value. Thus, she may dispose of everything according to the will of her Son and for His greater glory. We are certain that we must go to the Incarnate Word through Mary, His Mother, and that she will form “great saints.”
In a similar manner, the document later outlines the need to “Marianize” life as part of the act of consecration to Mary.
Marianizing” life is the fruit and natural consequence of the consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. To “marianize” life, one must first do everything through Mary. The phrase “through Mary” indicates the way, that is, the fusion of intentions. The Mother of God keeps nothing for herself, but she teaches and tells us in all things, just as she did to the servants at Cana, “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).
Second, we must do everything with Mary. She is our companion and model, the masterpiece of God, who must guide “all our intentions, actions and operations.” The Apostle Paul said, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1); with greater reason we can say the same of the Virgin Mary – in whom the Almighty, whose name is Holy, has done great things. “While in the most holy Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she is without spot or wrinkle, the followers of Christ… turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues.”
Third, one must act in Mary, in intimate union with her, which means that an abiding unity should exist between the consecrated soul and the Mother of God. He who loves abides in the beloved; this is ardent love, tending toward a mutual union, becoming more profound and more solid with each positive act. In this way one imitates the Incarnate Word who came into the world and dwelled in Mary’s womb for nine months; and Jesus’ last command and gift becomes effective: ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home (Jn 19:27).
Finally, one must do everything for Mary. The Blessed Virgin, who always submitted to Christ according to the Father’s eternal design, must be the end that guides all our actions, the object that attracts the heart of each consecrated person, and the motive at the beginning of each task. Mary is the “proximate end, our mysterious intermediary, and the easiest way of reaching Him.”
Therefore, every faithful slave of Jesus in Mary must invoke her, salute her, think of her, talk about her, honor her, glorify her, entrust himself to her, rejoice and suffer with her, work, pray and rest with her. In brief, one must seek to live always, through Jesus and Mary, with Jesus and Mary, in Jesus and Mary, and for Jesus and Mary.
Though members of the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts profess no formal vows, as mentioned in the section on prayer, each individual is encouraged to make a spiritual pledge. This pledge is more perfectly achieved by those who consecrate their lives to Jesus through Mary and subsequently strive to “Marianize” their life in thought, word, and deed.