In Catholic churches and homes, one of the most popular images of Jesus is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Love has always been associated with the heart, so it was only natural that the love of God became represented by a heart, the heart of his Son Jesus.
Since the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, from his Sacred Heart, this should have great meaning for us. The Church, born from the pierced heart of Jesus, has a mission in the world to proclaim the redeeming love of God in Christ.
In our lives and in our work in the Church, we must place all our hope in the One who said Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
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Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever.
Thank you with all my heart for such a Holy Site to where I can come to be with My Lord Jesus, and offer Him intentions, praise and Thanksgiving. One of the most popular devotions within the Church is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The geographic and historic center of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is in Paray-le-Monial, a small village in Burgundy, where St. To know God’s love in Jesus and to share it with others is the central message of the gospels. The heart is, above all, the emblem of love, and by this characteristic, the devotion to the Sacred Heart is naturally defined.
When we designate Jesus as the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus manifesting His Heart, Jesus all loving and amiable. It is in the eleventh and twelfth centuries that we find the first indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart. From the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, the devotion was propagated but it did not seem to have developed in itself. It appears that in the sixteenth century, the devotion took a major step forward step and passed from the domain of mysticism into that of Christian asceticism.  We learn from the writings of two masters of the spiritual life, the Lanspergius (d. It was to Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a humble Visitandine of the monastery at Paray-le Monial, that Christ chose to reveal the desires of His Heart and to confide the task of imparting new life to the devotion.
A few days after the “great apparition”, of June, 1675, Margaret Mary made all known to Father de la Colombiere, and the latter, recognizing the action of the spirit of God, consecrated himself to the Sacred Heart, directed the holy Visitandine to write an account of the apparition, and made use of every available opportunity discreetly to circulate this account through France and England. At his death on February 15 1682, there was found in his journal of spiritual retreats a copy in his own handwriting of the account that he had requested of Margaret Mary, together with a few reflections on the usefulness of the devotion.  The little text was widely read, even at Paray, although not without being the cause of “dreadful confusion” to Margaret Mary, who, nevertheless, resolved to make the best of it and profited by the book for the spreading of her cherished devotion. The death of Margaret Mary on October 17, 1690, did not dampen the ardour of those interested in the devotion.  In spite of all sorts of obstacles, and of the slowness of the Holy See, which in 1693 imparted indulgences to the Confraternities of the Sacred Heart and, in 1697, granted the feast to the Visitandines with the Mass of the Five Wounds, but refused a feast common to all, with special Mass and prayers, the devotion spread particularly in religious communities.
The Marseilles plague, 1720, furnished perhaps the first occasion for a solemn consecration and public worship outside of religious communities. Oftentimes, especially since about 1850, groups, congregations, and States have consecrated themselves to the Sacred Heart, and, in 1875, this consecration was made throughout the Catholic world.  Finally, on June 11, 1899, by order of Leo XIII, and with the formula prescribed by him, all mankind was solemnly consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has suffered cardiac arrest in recent decades.  This decline of devotion is all the more striking because of its pre-eminence in the first half of the 20th century, when so many Catholic families had a picture of Jesus and his Sacred Heart displayed in their homes, and when Thursday night holy hours and first Fridays proliferated in parishes. Like many forms of heart disease, such atrophy could have been prevented through a healthy diet—in this case, Scripture and tradition.
I believe that the deepest meaning of the devotion, however, is glimpsed in a poet who does not even mention it: Dante Alighieri.


In today’s love-starving world, how we need to follow the example of Jesus Christ in His unspeakable love for us. This reflection first appeared on the Zenit International News Service in 2009 as well as on the Salt + Light Blog. Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation would like to send you emails about our programs, publications, special offers, and Foundation updates. Also for Our Lady Untier of Knots, a place Devoted to Her, our Mother…so that we may speak with her the sorrows and problems we bring Her to untie for us!
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is an integral part of our Catholic heritage because it helps us to live the basic Christian message of faith and love. Through the wound in the side of the wound Heart was gradually reached, and the wound in the Heart symbolized the wound of love. It was everywhere practised by privileged souls, and the lives of the saints and annals of different religious congregations, of the Franciscans, Dominicans, Carthusians, etc., furnish many examples of it. 1539) of the Carthusians of Cologne, and Louis of Blois (Blosius; 1566), a Benedictine and Abbot of Liessies in Hainaut. There is nothing to indicated that this contemplative religious had known the devotion prior to the revelations, or at least that she had paid any attention to it.
Other cities of the South followed the example of Marseilles, and thus the devotion became a popular one.
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It is the symbol of a love that conquers sin and transcends death, the symbol of the One who loved us to the end. On the Friday after the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There are many systems of thought and action which seek to construct the human world on the basis of wealth, power, force, science or pleasure. Some wonderful practices include praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, making a consecration to the Sacred Heart or having the image of the Sacred Heart enthroned in your home. We unite our hearts with the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the offering of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.
The wonderful path in prayer soothes and bonds families with the mother Catholic Church, Jesus & Mary. She was a Visitation nun to whom Jesus appeared.  The message Jesus gave this French religious, whose first vision was on Dec.
He told her that He would be present in a special way to those devoted to His Sacred Heart and that His presence would lead to peace in families, the conversion of sinners, blessings in abundance and perseverance when death was near. Ways of explaining our faith may change, forms of prayer may be altered, certain devotions may come in and out of style, but at the core is the loving heart of Jesus, which remains constant and true. It was in the fervent atmosphere of the Benedictine or Cistercian monasteries that the devotion arose, although it is impossible to say positively what were its first texts or were its first votaries.
The prophet Ezekiel, for instance, records God’s promise to change Israel’s  “heart of stone” into a “heart of flesh,” while John’s Gospel gives the heart its most profound scriptural expression: Jesus’ heart is the source of living water, of rest for the Beloved Disciple, of the church and its sacraments, of doubting Thomas’s faith. Wedged into the inverted apex of the underworld, he is locked in his own resentment, impotent and utterly alone.


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His heart, the symbol of his redeeming love, is also a symbol of his meekness and humility.
27, 1673, was an image of God that was in great contrast to the Jansenist tendency of that century. This world is so preoccupied with space and time that it gives almost no thought to eternity and the everlasting joys that await those who have served God faithfully here on earth. In all of our lives, God has placed selfish persons who may be physically close to us, but spiritually are strangers and even enemies. When the soldier thrust his lance into Jesus’ side, immediately blood and water flowed out.
We become enthralled by Christ, like Saint Paul, who prayed that Christ might dwell in the hearts of the Ephesian Christians through faith and that they might know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. Jesus invites us to learn from his heart and to imitate his love, his meekness, and his humility.
Paradise is pure communion, illuminated and warmed by the love that moves the sun and the other stars. When Christ dwells in our hearts, when we know his love deeply, in our minds and hearts, we are moved to live the great commandments of love of God and neighbor. This aspect of devotion to the Sacred Heart is evident in the common prayer or invocation: Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.
When we draw close to Christ in the mystery of his heart, this enables us to dwell on the great mystery of our faith, that God is love.
We are motivated by the Sacred Heart of Jesus to open our hearts to him so that they are filled with love for our brothers and sisters.
It is the image of the infinite and merciful love which the heavenly Father has poured out upon the world through his Son. This also strengthens us and inspires us to imitate his love and to help build the civilization of love. We pray in the prayer after Communion on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart: May this sacrament of charity, O Lord, make us fervent with the fire of holy love, so that, drawn always to your Son, we may learn to see him in our neighbor. From these two sacraments the Church is born: from baptism, the cleansing water that gives rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit, and from the holy eucharist. The Eucharist has been called “the outstanding gift of the Heart of Jesus”, the Heart that gives life to the Church and to all of us, her members. Since the symbols of baptism and the eucharist flowed from his side, it was from his side that Christ fashioned the Church, as he had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam … As God took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us blood and water from his side to fashion the Church. Only this love, the love of the Heart of Christ, can transform the human heart and bring true peace to the world. God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the blood and the water after his own death.




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