Oil Dedicated to Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart
The Oil Dedicated to Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart the 19th-century German nun.
St Mary Margaret Alacoque and the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. However, hardly anyone knows of the other nun with a message from Jesus with universal implications about his Sacred Heart. She’s Sister Mary of the Divine Heart. This nun received her messages from Jesus specifically about his Sacred Heart two centuries later.
In them, Jesus told her to give his request to the Holy Father.
Blessed Maria of Divine Heart Healing Oil
She was born Maria Droste, to German nobility, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sept. 8, 1863. In 1879. She went to school in Bavaria with the Sacred Heart Sisters. Very sickly she had to return home. She held dear a little statue of the Sacred Heart, a gift from her parents. Sister Mary would remain sickly and suffer a great deal for the rest of her life. She entered the Good Shepherd Sisters in Münster. She received her habit on Jan 10, 1889. Mary was named Maria of the Divine Heart.
She would say, “The unhappy, the most abandoned and poorest I love the most, they are my treasures.”
Maria is made Superior
A short five years later, in 1894, Mary of the Divine Heart was appointed new Superior for the nuns’ convent in Porto, Portugal.
It was here that her intense mystical experiences with Jesus began. She received the message about the world’s consecration to the Sacred Heart.
In Porto, Sister Mary of the Divine Heart’s convent was near a Benedictine monastery. Soon Abbot Ildefons Schober who as from Austria became the good sister’s spiritual director. She told him of her mystical experiences with Jesus.
At the same time, she became more and more ill. By July 1896 she was unable to get up and move about by herself. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis of the bones.
Then on June 4, 1898, she revealed to her confessor: “The Lord gave me the directive to write to the Holy Father with the request to dedicate the whole of humankind to the Sacred Heart.”
It was extraordinary, but not unusual because for her entire life she had a fervent devotion to the Heart of Jesus.
“She saw this Heart as the light illuminating the whole world, like an ocean of love, of compassion and kindness,” explained her congregation’s biography of her.
Apostle of His Heart
Sister Mary called herself the “Apostle of His Heart.”
She wrote to Pope Leo XIII to persuade him to consecrate the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus requested her to contact the Holy Father. Despite getting no answer from Leo, Sister Mary of the Divine Heart did not stop. She wrote again on Jan. 6, 1899.
“By the express command of Our Lord and with the consent of my confessor, I come, with the most profound respect and perfect submission, to pass on to Your Holiness some new communications that Our Lord has deigned to give me. When, last summer Your Holiness was suffering from an indisposition which, due to your advanced age, filled the hearts of your children with anxiety, Our Lord gave me the sweet consolation that he would prolong Your Holiness’ days so that the consecration of the whole world to his Heart could be realized.
“Later, on the first Friday in the month of December, He told me that he had prolonged Your Holiness’ days so as to give you this grace (to make the consecration).”
She did not know the pope was suffering from a serious illness at the time.
Sister Mary explained that if he thinks it strange Jesus asks for consecrating the whole world and not just the Catholic Church, “his desire to reign, to be loved and glorified and to embrace all hearts with his love and mercy is so ardent, that he wants Your Holiness to offer him the hearts of all those who by holy baptism belong to him so as to facilitate their return to the true Church, and the hearts of all those who have not yet received spiritual life through baptism, but for whom He has given his life and blood and who are likewise called to be one day the children of Holy Church, so as to hasten by this means of their spiritual birth.”
She told her spiritual director that her “mission on earth will be completed as soon as the consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is accomplished.”
Pope Leo’s Response
Seriously ill himself, Leo did not take long to make a decision after theological reflection. In May he released his encyclical Annum Sacrum (On Consecration To The Sacred Heart) for the coming Holy Year. He was going to consecrate the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as Our Lord had requested him to do through Sister Mary of the Divine Heart. Leo said he expected “extraordinary and lasting benefits for Christendom in the first place and also for the whole human race.”
Pope Leo reminded us that consecrating “ourselves to Him we declare our open and free acknowledgment and acceptance of His authority over us…”
Leo asked everyone to make this consecration individually on the same day as the worldwide consecration.
In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus “all our hopes should placed, and from it, the salvation of men is to confidently besought.”
Before ending, Leo also wanted to make clear his miraculous healing also prompted him to make this upcoming consecration to the Sacred Heart. “God, the author of every good, not long ago preserved Our life by curing Us of a dangerous disease. We now wish, by this increase of the honor paid to the Sacred Heart, that the memory of this great mercy should brought prominently forward, and Our gratitude publicly acknowledged.”
Consecration on June 11th, 1899
Leo made June 9, 10, 11 a triduum of prayer including the Litany of the Sacred Heart before the consecration of the world on Sunday, June 11, 1899, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that year. He would call it “the greatest act of my pontificate.”
Totally paralyzed and with organs failing, Sister Mary of the Divine Heart heard the news of the upcoming consecration with great joy. On June 8, about 3 pm, she died as the sisters began the first vespers of the Triduum.
Today, people can pray before the incorrupt body of Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Ermesinde, Portugal.
Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart Healing Oil
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is cast-off in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they asked to pray to whomever the oil dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying is an important way for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.
The Irish Blessings oils are for the Holy Spirit, Our Lady, and the saints. The oils come through prayer. They placed on their designated altars for a period of prayer before sent out. The oils are of therapeutic grade.
The bottles of oils going out are accompanied by a prayer card. In addition, they modify the saint to whom the oil offered.