When 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)
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
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
Consider, 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.
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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