The Devotion To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus: How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion by John CroisetIt would not be difficult to highlight this entire book; there is so much spiritual wisdom in it. As a child I can recall an over-large picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in my paternal grandmother’s living room which could not but help catch one’s attention upon entering. Somehow even from a very young age, I understood the flaming heart represented the burning love Christ has for us; maybe because I have that same unquenchable insatiable love—heart recognizing Heart. Not saying it hasn’t been turned down very low at times, perhaps almost extinguished by my own follies, yet always redeemed by His Love.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is simply—if something so marvelous can be simple—total, complete, pure devotion of oneself to Jesus. The book, Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by John Croiset, was written in 1863, not long after St. Margaret Mary received her visions from Jesus. It is available in PDF to read on-line if one so wishes, here. But it is also available in free and lost cost editions suitable for kindle and e-book.
The first part of the book is concerned with the motives and what is meant by Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The second part focuses on the four dispositions required for this devotion: 1.) a great horror of sin; 2.) a lively faith; 3.) a great desire to love Jesus Christ; and, 4.) interior recollection. This is the longest and most useful section, or was for me anyway.
The third part dealt with the practice of the Devotion itself, especially: Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Mass, Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Practices for the Feast of Corpus Christi, First Fridays and daily devotion. This was my favorite part of the book and where I spent the most time highlighting sections which resonated with me.
The fourth section consisted of meditations, which I did not read now because they were for specific times and events. However, I do plan to use them as often as possible because they look so very inviting!
Highly recommended, whether you know a lot about the Sacred Heart of Jesus or nothing at all. The heart, or heart-shape, has long been recognized as the metaphorical or symbolic sense of the center of emotion, including and especially, love. The broken or wounded heart indicates love betrayed by the other. In Jesus’s case, His Heart is on-fire, for us. It always burns for us, no matter what. And indeed, we have done much over the centuries which could—should have extinguished that love, but hasn’t. It is the Love beyond all Loves!
A beautiful explanation on The Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion by Fr John Bartunek
Only the Heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father's love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way From the Catechism. From the depth of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power. Margaret Mary Alacoque. The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins.
A warm, smiling Jesus lovingly pointed to His heart, pierced and crowned with thorns, in an eternal gesture of invitation. Whenever I looked at that picture, I felt good — embraced, loved, cared for — as if the Lord were inviting me to step into His joy and peace. My mother had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart; every First Friday, we would consecrate our lives anew to His love and mercy. Each summer — usually in June — we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and draw near to the tender mercy and forgiveness of the Lord. Poetically, the heart is a symbol of the human center — our emotions, loves, passions, desires, the force of the will. The heart is the capacity to open.
In our age of religious indifference, when fervor and charity have grown cold, Jesus exhibits to the world His Sacred Heart as the symbol of God's infinite love - the symbol of His own generous self-sacrificing love for men. Jesus shows His Divine Heart as a furnace whose burning rays of love are able to reanimate faith and rekindle love in hearts grown cold and ungrateful. But why His Heart? Because in every language, in every age, the heart is regarded as the natural symbol of love and affection. What more natural and expressive symbol is there, then, of the excessive love of Jesus than His Sacred Heart? The direct and material object of devotion to the Sacred Heart is the real, physical Heart of Jesus - the Heart of flesh, the living and loving Heart of our Blessed Lord; the Heart that beat in His Divine breast at the moment of the Incarnation; the Heart that loved us during the life of Jesus on earth, that poured forth its blood to the last drop on Mount Calvary; the beatified Heart now glorious in Heaven and still dwelling among us in the Blessed Sacrament; the Heart ever united to the Person of the Divine Word, to whom is due supreme homage and adoration. We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ, for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock.
The twelve promises which we find in prayerbooks and manuals of the devotion to the Sacred Heart do not contain all the promises made by our Divine Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. They are not even a summary of them, but are rather a selection of those promises best calculated to arouse sentiments of love for Our Lord in the hearts of the faithful and to induce them to practice the devotion.
pull your big girl panties up
Gentleman Saint: Saint Damien of Molokai. At the very center of Christianity is love. The Sacred Heart teaches us that true love is always costly, but that it always gives life. There is much more that can be said about devotion to the Sacred Heart, but today I want to focus on 7 ways we can honor it. When we receive the Eucharist, we receive the very heart of Christ.