Category Archives: Sacred Heart of Jesus

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St Margaret Mary.jpgSo I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. Lord, pour out on us the riches of the Spirit which you bestowed on Saint Margaret Mary. May we come to know the love of Christ, which surpasses all human understanding, and be filled with the fullness of God.

Consider knowing more about the message of Saint Margaret Mary, which forms some of our devotional life today. This is especially true when it comes to First Friday devotions and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, source of all love and mercy.

Saint Margaret Mary, pray for us.

June is the month of the Sacred of Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart3.JPGWhen they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers opened His side with a lance, and immediately there came out Blood and Water. (Magnificat antiphon, S. Heart feast)

Since June is the month of the Sacred of Heart of Jesus (and last Friday we observed the liturgical memorial of the the SH) I propose praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Friday is a day on which we prayerfully recall the Lord’s death and this is apt to pray this Litany. Pray it for bishops, priests, deacons and seminarians.

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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My God, my Saviour, I adore Thy Sacred Heart, for that heart is the seat and source of all Thy tenderest human affections for us sinners.

It is the instrument and organ of Thy love.

It did beat for us. It yearned over us.

It ached for us, and for our salvation.

It was on fire through zeal, that the glory of God might be manifested in and by us.

It is the channel through which has come to us all Thy overflowing human affection, all Thy Divine Charity towards us.

All Thy incomprehensible compassion for us, as God and Man, as our Creator and our Redeemer and Judge, has come to us,
and comes, in one inseparably mingled stream, through that Sacred

O most Sacred symbol and Sacrament of Love, divine and
human, in its fullness, Thou didst save me by Thy divine strength, and Thy human affection, and then at length by that wonder-working blood, wherewith
Thou didst overflow.

O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, Thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and Thou beatest
for us still.

Now as then Thou savest, Desiderio desideravi -“With desire I have desired.”

I worship Thee then with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most
resolved will.

O my God, when Thou dost condescend to suffer me to receive
Thee, to eat and drink Thee, and Thou for a while takest up Thy
abode within me, O make my heart beat with Thy Heart.

Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and
sensual, all that is hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all
disorder, of all deadness.

So fill it with Thee, that neither the events of the day nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle
it, but that in Thy love and Thy fear it may have peace.

The Venerable Servant of God John Henry Newman

Follow the pattern Christ set before us: see in the Heart of Jesus an inexhaustible mercy

Allegory of the Cross TGaddi.jpgConsider, as people redeemed, who it is that hung on the Cross for you; how great and extraordinary he is whose death enlivens the dead and whose passing made heaven and earth groan and the hard stones split.

The Church was to be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the Cross, and in this way the Scripture was to be fulfilled which reads: “They shall look on him whom they pierced.” To this end, God ordained that a soldier’s lance should open Christ’s sacred side and that blood and water should flow forth. Then, as from a fountain–Christ’s inner-most heart–the price of our salvation would pour down out, giving to the Church’s sacraments the power of conferring grace and of being for those who live in Christ a drink of the living water “that gushes up for eternal life.”
Rise, then, friends of Christ. Be like the dove “that builds her nest in the crevice.” “Like the sparrow that finds a home” there, be watchful; set your mouth to it and “draw water from the fountain of the Savior.” For this is “the spring that emerged from the center of paradise”; dividing into four streams, it enters devout hearts, and waters and fructifies the whole earth.
Run to this fountain of life and light.Be filled with desire, and in your heart’s depths cry to him: “Beauty of the most high God! Pure radiance eternal light! Life shedding your radiance before your throne ever since the light before first began! Eternal and inaccessible, clear, sweet stream from a fountain hidden from mortal eyes! Bottomless depth, topless height, endless breadth, imperturbable purity!”
From this source flows the stream “that gladdens the city of God.” “With exultant praise” let us sing songs to you, for we know from experience that “in you is the fountain of life, and in your light we shall see light.”
From the reflections on The Tree of Life by Saint Bonaventure

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Lord Jesus Christ, I want to give myself to you completely.
When I see your Sacred Heart, I reflect upon your love. You came from the Father
taking a human body with a human heart. You taught us to love God with all our
hearts. You suffered and died to save us from sin and death. As you hung on the
cross, your Heart was pierced by a lance. Out of it poured blood and water to
signify the birth of your Church.

You rose from the dead, Jesus, to live forever with your
Father in Heaven. But your Heart is still full of love for us. You still feel
pain when your people reject or ignore your love. You want us all to live
forever with God.

I now consecrate myself to your Sacred Heart, Jesus. You are
the Son of God who I love with all my heart. I offer you my body, my soul, my
mind, and my heart. Receive me, make me holy, make my heart like your Heart,
and guide me in the way of perfect love today and every day of life. Amen.

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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]
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