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The Heart of Jesus Our Refuge

The Heart of Jesus our Refuge   Presence of God – O Jesus, deign to take me into Your Sacred Heart. Grant that it may be the sanctuary where I may be recollected, sheltered, and find my rest. MEDITATION The liturgy of the Feast of the Sacred Heart presents to us the Heart of Jesus as the ark of salvation, our shelter and our refuge. “O Heart of Jesus, ark … of grace, pardon and mercy, O Heart, inviolable sanctuary of... Read More

Consecration to the Sacred Heart

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus In 1899, Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Letter Annum sacrum directed that the whole world be consecrated to the Divine Heart of Jesus. This was done on the 11th of June that year. As St. John Paul II indicated on the 100th anniversary of this consecration, Pope Leo wished to “obtain ‘extraordinary benefits first for Christianity, but... Read More

Returning Love for Love

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love than love itself. “Love... Read More

Reparation

Reparation   Presence of God – Heart of Jesus, wounded for love of us, make me worthy to make reparation for all the wounds our sins have inflicted upon You. MEDITATION We find in the hymn for First Vespers of the Feast of the Sacred Heart the following words: “Lo, the proud, insolent procession of our offenses has wounded the innocent Heart of God.” And even more realistically it continues: “The lance which the soldier... Read More

Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Learn from Me The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus   Apart from Jesus' command to learn a lesson from the fig tree, on how its branch(es) and leaves announce summer (cf Matthew 24:32 and Mark 13:28), Christ commands us to learn only two things.  Our Blessed Savior knows that, like the rich young man, we are lacking in these things … otherwise, He would not be compelled to call our attention to them. Learning Mercy not Sacrifice In... Read More

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me how to know You and to love You. MEDITATION The object of devotion to the Sacred Heart is, properly speaking, the physical Heart of Jesus which is worthy of adoration, because it is a part of His sacred humanity, hypostatically united to the Word. However, the ultimate object of this devotion... Read More