St John Eudes, (November 14, 1601 – August 19, 1680) was a French priest, missionary, founder of religious congregations and writer. In his book La Vie et le Royaume de Jésus, St John Eudes taught about the mystically united hearts of Jesus and Mary:
“You must never separate what God has so perfectly united. So closely are Jesus and Mary bound up with each other that whoever beholds Jesus sees Mary; whoever loves Jesus, loves Mary; whoever has devotion to Jesus, has devotion to Mary.”
Through the image of Mary, New Ark of the Covenant, St John provides a beautiful illustration of this union:
“The heart of Mary was represented by Moses’ ark. Firstly, like the ark, which was made of incorruptible wood, the Immaculate Heart of the Queen of Angels was never corrupted by any kind of sin.
Secondly, like the ark, which was overlaid with pure gold inside and out, the Heart of the Mother of fair love was completely transformed by love and charity in the sight of God and before our own eyes.
Thirdly, like the ark, which held the tablets of the Law, the Holy Spirit wrote in gold letters on his divine Mother’s sacred heart all the saintly laws that our Redeemer brought to us from heaven.
Fourthly, like the ark, which contained a portion of the manna that God caused to fall from heaven to feed his people when they were in the desert, the Heart of the Mother of Jesus kept in itself the mysteries that her Son performed for us on earth, with the words of life and the divine truths that he brought to us from heaven, like a most sweet and precious manna to nourish us and give life to our souls.”
Offering to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary by Saint John Eudes:
O Jesus, only Son of God, only Son of Mary,
I offer Thee the most loving Heart of Thy divine Mother
which is more precious and pleasing to Thee than all hearts.
O Mary, Mother of Jesus,
I offer Thee the most adorable Heart of Thy well-beloved Son,
who is the life and love and joy of Thy Heart.
Blessed be the Most Loving Heart
and Sweet Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
and the most glorious
Virgin Mary, His Mother,
in eternity and forever.