Happy Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
Today is the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a first-class feast which falls on the third Friday after Pentecost. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is of very early origin in the Church, but the public devotion became more widespread due to the revelations made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque of the Order of the Visitation in the 17th century. Our Lord appeared to her with His Heart surrounded by flames of love, and told her of the great love of His Heart for humanity and the grave sorrow brought to It by the indifference and ingratitude of men. He asked for the institution of the liturgical feast in honor of His Heart and for the devotion of receiving Communion on the First Friday of every month.
Today let us renew our own devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by a lance and burning with love for humanity. Among the devotions we can consider taking up, if we have not done so already, are the First Friday devotion, consecration and acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart, and the enthronement of the Divine Heart in our homes.
A happy patronal feast day to Sacred Heart Parish, our apostolate in Fort Wayne, Indiana!
Tóllite jugum meum super vos et díscite a me, quia mitis sum et húmilis Corde, et inveniétis réquiem animábus vestris.
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, because I am meek and humble of Heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
– Matthew 11:29, from the Alleluia for today
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, make our hearts like unto Thine!
June 8, 2018