picture, somewhat mysterious in its
was discovered at the time of the 1918 armistice in the cellar of the
school where Berthe Petit, a humble Franciscan Tertiary, had been
After the troops had departed one of the Bernardine nuns in putting
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
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.
before this picture has brought signal favors.
by Our Lord to Berthe Petit:
souls to love the Heart of My Mother pierced by the very sorrow which
Mine." [Dec. 25, 1909]
Belgium of 1870, during the
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
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
This pain was so great and constant she slept but rarely.
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:
My Mother's Heart, transfixed by
that rent Mine, to be loved."
Heart of My Mother has the right to
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
Mother what I myself had ordained ---- Her Immaculate Conception. This
right which My Mother has to a title of justice, is now, according to
express wish, to be known and universally accepted. She has earned it
her identification with My sorrows; by her sufferings; by her
and her immolation in Calvary endured in perfect correspondence with My
grace for the salvation of mankind . . . " [Sept. 8, 1911]
is hearts that must be changed. This
be accomplished only by the Devotion proclaimed, explained, preached
recommended everywhere. Recourse to My Mother under this title I wish
her universally, is the last help I shall give before the end of time."
[July 2, 1940]
Martin von Cochem
BEFORE A PICTURE OF OUR SORROWFUL MOTHER
O most loving
of my Lord Jesus Christ, thou who dost never reject nor despise anyone
who turns to thee with a contrite heart nor refuse to console the
behold, poor and sinful, I draw near to thy holy image with deep
and beseech thee to obtain for me the grace to honor and love thee with
all my strength.
Mary, let me obtain mercy from thee as so many sinners already have
it; for what is thy Heart, O Mary, but a Heart of mercy? How is it
then, that grace could be refused to anyone who implores it from this
Mother, thou knowest how much an afflicted heart is in want of
because the intensity of thy sufferings was so great that all mankind
would have been incapable of supporting it.
bitterness filled thy soul when thou didst contemplate the disfigured
of thy beloved Son, when thou didst receive His mangled and lifeless
into thy virginal arms, and pressing It tenderly to thy maternal heart,
didst embrace It countless times, didst bedew It with a stream of
tears, and finally didst rest thy agonizing heart on the wounded brow
I recall to
this thy inexpressible anguish, and beseech thee to obtain for me the
of my sins. O Mary, intercede for me with Jesus, whom thou didst bear
thy arms! O Jesus! O Mary! by your unutterable suffering, have pity on
me, a miserable sinner. O dearest Jesus, show to Thy Heavenly Father
the wounds and anguish which Thou didst bear for me! O sweetest Virgin,
show Him all the tears which thou didst shed for me! O Son! O Mother!
Him all the agony, all the anguish of heart which you endured for me.
Mary , I
through this most painful mystery of thy dolors, obtain mercy for me
God the Father, and taking the mangled and dead Body of thy beloved Son
into thy maternal arms, offer Him to the Eternal Father in the same
as thou didst once offer Him His pierced Side and thy own broken Heart,
His bitter sufferings and thy painful compassion, His and thy burning
His and thy sighs, in a word, everything which Jesus and thou suffered
upon earth, that, through these same sufferings, thou mayest obtain
and pardon for me. Amen.