The Sacred Heart of Jesus

sacredheartWho is this woman with Jesus in the window?
Over on the North side of the main Church is a stain glass window dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart, celebrated on June 23rd, is one of the most famous religious devotions to Jesus focusing on His physical heart as the representation of His divine love for Humanity.  The devotion especially emphasizes the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering of the heart of Christ towards humanity. Though the origin of this devotion can be found in past times of the Tradition of the faith, in its modern and most popularly known  form it is derived from a 17th century French nun, St. Marguerite Marie Alacoque.         

St Margaret Marie learned the devotion from Jesus during mystical experiences  when praying in adoration. In these apparitions of Jesus to her, He imparted several promises for those devoted to His Sacred Heart: special graces, peace in families, fervent faith and most notable in modern practice, His excessive mercy at the time of death for those who would attend Mass and worthily receive Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays of the months.   

So what do we see when we reflect on the scene of this young nun kneeling before her apparition of Jesus Christ as the Sacred Heart.

Notice St. Margaret kneeling in prayer. Do you see her sense of peace, and focus as she desires to respond to Jesus?  Notice her open hands, stretched upward towards Jesus, showing her devotion and total consuming responsiveness.  Behind Jesus we see the altar and we see the sanctuary candle lit above St. Margaret, showing us that she is spending time in Adoration when the apparition appears to her, her prayer book and rosary lay before her on the ground.  Think about your time in prayer and adoration before the Real Presence.  How is St. Margaret's relationship with Jesus in total reception of His love and mercy a way that we can see ourselves in relationship with Jesus?  St. Margaret said, "He asked me for my heart, which I begged Him to take. He did so and placed it in His own Adorable Heart." ( Dec. 27, 1673) Have you ever felt an intimate moment such as this with the Lord when in prayer?

Notice the red flowing garment worn by Jesus.  Notice His left hand pointing to His Sacred Heart, so full of love for us that it appears as visual to us. Notice His Heart exposed, surrounded by thorns, with flames and a cross emerging from the top.  He is saying, look at My Heart and see what I am feeling. The thorns around His heart are a representation of our sins and how our sinning pierces His heart. The flames and the cross serve as a reminder of the suffering He endured for our salvation and of His burning love for us. The dripping blood represents the blood Jesus shed for our salvation. Why does Jesus desire our devotion to Him in this way? Meditate on Jesus' burning love for you and His desire to supply all for you.  Can you make a return of that love for Him in your own heart in some small way?

Turn your attention to Jesus reaching out His right hand to St. Margaret as He blesses her and instills His peace and mercy upon her. Meditate on Jesus blessing you in this way drawing you deeper and deeper into a relationship with Him   Stop and bring to Him now in prayer all that stands in your life as a block to a deeper love of Him for this is His greatest joy to bring you closer to Him and for you to feel the fullness of His mercy the burning passion of His love.

Notice the lovely red winged angel next to Jesus, hands also folded in prayer before the Presence of Jesus Christ. The red wings symbolize the fiery passion and love for Jesus.  Consider how the angel reinforces both the devotion and communion being displayed in this moment of true adoration of Jesus as she looks upon Margaret at Jesus side.  Consider consecrating yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in this way. Meditate slowly on this as you gaze at this beautiful stained glass image.

"Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth."

AN ACT OF CONCECRATION
(N.), give and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person, my life, my actions, my pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being save to honor, love, and glorify the Sacred Heart. It is my unchanging intention to be all His and to do all for love of Him. I renounce at the same time with all my heart whatever can displease Him.
I, therefore, take You, O Sacred Heart, for the only object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for the faults of my life, and the secure refuge at the hour of my death.
Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the punishment of His just anger. O Heart of love, I put my confidence in You, because I fear everything from my own sinfulness and weakness. I hope for all things from Your mercy and generosity.
Destroy in me all that can displease or resist Your holy Will. Let Your pure love impress You so deeply upon my heart that I may never forget You or be separated from You. May my name, by Your loving kindness, be written In You, because in You I desire to place all my happiness and all my glory in living and dying in very bondage to You

http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xii_enc_15051956_haurietis-aquas.html

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