Heart of Mary
In order that (…) there may be devotion to the Heart of Mary, the attention and the homage of the faithful must be directed to the physical heart itself. However, this in itself is not sufficient; the faithful must read therein all that the human heart of Mary suggests, all of which it is the expressive symbol and the living reminder: Mary’s interior life, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for her God, her maternal love for her Divine Son, and her motherly and compassionate love for her sinful and miserable children here below.
- From Catholic Encyclopedia
A statue of Mary and Jesus in the church of SS Peter & Paul in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The church is often referred to as ‘De Papegaai’ (The Parrot), because it was originally hidden in the enclosed garden of a bird trader. This goes back to the days when public displays of Catholicism were forbidden in Amsterdam.