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The Heart of Jesus bids us

We have this solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus today. A tradition of delving more deeply into the whole Christ: humanity and divinity, mercy, love and judgment, deepest longings and the tenderness of our own heart in the face of the heart of the Lord’s.

Today is a day to spend time in Eucharistic adoration, because in this event we see in the Blessed Sacrament the Risen Jesus truly present offering each one of us His heart, His tender, merciful Love. At adoration we come to Him to adore Him; the Church proposes to us that this is the best expression of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque said: “Behold the Heart which so loved mankind”!

Benedict XVI illuminates for us this mystery: “The heart that resembles that of Christ more than any other is without a doubt the Heart of Mary, his Immaculate Mother, and for this very reason the liturgy holds them up together for our veneration. Responding to the Virgin’s invitation at Fatima, let us entrust the whole world to her Immaculate Heart, which we contemplated yesterday in a special way, so that it may experience the merciful love of God and know true peace” (Benedict XVI, Angelus, 5 June 2005).

The pure heart finds room

On this solemn feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we need to reflect on the nature of the heart, and the truth of the reality.

The purer the heart is, the larger it is, and the more able it is to find room within it for the a greater number of beloved ones; while the more sinful it is the more contracted it becomes, and the fewer number of beloved can it find room for, because it is limited by self-love, and that love is a false one.

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Sacred Heart and Pope’s prayer intention for June 2018

Today, as we begin the month of June, a month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we think of, we relish in, we abide in the great love Our Lord has for us. Having just finished the Paschal Cycle of our Faith, here is another opportunity to move more deeply into a familiarity with Jesus Christ.

“In biblical language, “heart” indicates the centre of the person where his sentiments and intentions dwell. In the Heart of the Redeemer we adore God’s love for humanity, his will for universal salvation, his infinite mercy. Practising devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ therefore means adoring that Heart which, after having loved us to the end, was pierced by a spear and from high on the Cross poured out blood and water, an inexhaustible source of new life” (Benedict XVI, Angelus 5 June 2005).

Also in June, we have this prayer intention of Pope Francis: “That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects other for their differences.”

Sacred Heart

From the Revelations of Our Lord to St. Mary Margaret Alacoque:

“And He [Christ] showed me that it was His great desire to be loved by all people and to withdraw them from the path of ruin that made Him form the design of revealing His Heart to all people, with all the treasures of love, of mercy, of grace, of sanctification and salvation which it contains, in order that those who desire to give Him all the honour and love possible, might themselves be abundantly enriched with those divine treasures of which His heart is the source.”

Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

De La CaridadOn this Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a meditation from Blessed Columba Marmion is good for us to reflect upon today:

“At the supreme farewell hour, when Christ Jesus spoke for the last time with his Apostles before entering into his sorrowful Passion and sacrificing himself for the world’s salvation, what is the exclusive theme of his discourse and the first object of his prayer? Spiritual charity. ‘A new commandment I give unto you… by this shall all men know that you are my disciples… Father… that they may be one, as we also are one, I in them, and you in me, that they may become perfectly one.’ That is the testament of Christ’s Heart.”

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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