Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we now know it, began about its first year 1672. On recurred motives Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary, a Visitation nun in France, and during these supernaturals He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He craved beings to practice it. He asked to be status in the figure or type of His Heart of flesh; He asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the first Friday of the month, and the conserve of the Holy Hour.
When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her war merely on the seeings of St. Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. We status the Sacred Heart not only because every lowering of Christ’s Precious Blood surpassed through it during the thirty-three years of His life on earth; not only because the Sacred Heart pulsated in closest empathy with every flow of joy or sorrow, patho or love in our best Friend, but we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus because of its intimate uniting with His divinity. There is only one person in Jesus, and that person was at the same time God and humankind. Therefore every part of His body was human and divine. His Heart, too, is perceive; it is the Heart of God.
This article is from The Basic Book of the Eucharist .
Devotion to the Heart of Jesus alone, as a princely part of His sacred mas, are not able to devotion to the Sacred Heart as understood and approved by the Church. There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart symbolizes devotion to the divine Heart of Christ insofar as this Heart represents and recollects His love for us. It symbolizes devotion to the love of Jesus Christ for us insofar as this love is recalled and represented to us by His Heart of flesh.
In his great encyclical note on devotion to the Sacred Heart, Pope Pius XII asked the real nature of devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the light of divine revelation, its director beginning, and the kindness that flow from it. He said, “We think that Our proclamations, confirmed by the teaching of the Gospel, have made it clear that basically this loyalty is nothing else than devotion to the human and divine desire of the Incarnate Word and to the love which the Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost have for unholy lovers. For, as the Angelic Doctor educates, the first cause of man’s redemption is the love of the August Trinity. This love, spouting forth extravagantly into the human will of Jesus Christ and His Adorable Heart, moved Him to shed His Blood to exchange us from the confinement of sin.”
Devotion to the Sacred Heart stands something that is universal. In honoring the Heart of Christ, it is no longer on Jesus as infant, youth, or victim that our homage remains but on the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love.
Being directed to the love of Christ for us, our devotion to the Sacred Heart procures and considers in Jesus everything connected with His love for us. This love of Christ for us was the moving force-out of all He did and tolerated for us — in the manger, on the Cross, in sacrifice Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His teaching, in His praying, and in His healing. So if we are talking about the Sacred Heart, we want Jesus showing us His Heart — Jesus all passion for us and all lovable.
Love Christ’s Sacred Heart in the Eucharist
Devotion to the Sacred Heart in the Eucharist consists in two essential facts: love and atonement.
Love is the first and foremost of these duties. Love is the Lord’s first and greatest commandment, the attachment of purity. God asks for our passion because He wishes to be the God and Master of our nerves through love. Sacrifice is but a means to prove our compassion and patriotism. Our Lord has loved us with an infinite cherish, even unto death, and still adores us without limit. He wants to be loved by us. He requests to our hearts and proposals us love Him in return.
St. Margaret Mary writes, “He obliged me see that it was the great desire He had of being cherished by followers, and of withdrawing them from the road of perdition, that generated Him to thoughts this plan of obliging His Heart known to people, with all the treasures of charity, of relief, of mercy, of sanctification, and of saving, in order that those who wish to render and find Him all the honor, blessing, and enjoy of which they are capable, might be abundantly and profusely enriched with the riches of the Heart of God.”
In another letter, she writes, “Let us, then, love this, the only affection of our souls, since He has adoration us first and desires us still so ardently that He continually burns with love for us in the Blessed Sacrament. To become saints it suffices to cherish this Holy of Holies. What shall retard us? We have middles to cherish and a mas to suffer. . . . Only His holy desire can move us do His pleasure; exclusively this perfect love can compile us get it on in His own way; and merely this perfect love can move us make love in His own acceptable time.”
This act of love is highly sanctifying. By uniting you intimately to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, cherish will start you share in His decencies and give you the strength to practice them in spite of all obstacles. To know and love Jesus Christ is your highest increase both for age and immortality. No relinquish can be too great to attain it. You have true-life ability, holiness, and joy insofar as you know and desire Jesus Christ.
Make atonement through the Eucharist
The second all-important play of devotion to the Sacred Heart is atonement. The beloved of Jesus is dishonored by the ingratitude of men, as He Himself declared in the third huge apparition to St. Margaret Mary: “Behold this Heart which has so enjoyed servicemen that it has given good-for-nothing, even to exhausting and expending itself, in order to testify its cherish. In return, I receive from the greater part simply ingratitude, by their irreverence and discourtesies, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this Sacrament of Love.”
Then He asked her to atone for these ingratitudes by the ardor of her own enjoy: “My daughter, I come into the heart I please give you in order that through your passion you may atone for the offenses which I have received from halfhearted and slothful natures which dishonor me in the Blessed Sacrament.”
Your devotion to the Sacred Heart should be an behave of fixing and reparation for your own ingratitude and the ingratitude of all men for the love He has for us, above all in the Blessed Sacrament.
Receive Holy Communion often, especially on the first Fridays of nine consecutive months; invest some time before the Blessed Sacrament; perform little penances to prove by your acts that you want to make reparation. Make a holy hour some era or evening before the Sacred Heart in the tabernacle. Your love will be reparation for all human forgetfulness of His love. The Sacred Heart will never be outdone in love and generosity to you.
Frequent Holy Communion — together with the Mass — is by far the easiest and most perfect form of reparation you can offer to God. When you receive Holy sacrament, you make an act of faith, for your spirit at the Lord’s Table is proof of your idea that Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
You make an act of hope, because you believe in our Lord’s predicts and hope for the blessings is connected to receiving Holy sacrament. You make an act of charity, for by receiving Holy communion, you are pleasing Jesus, who has instituted this great Sacrament of Love for us. You make an act of modesty, for you declare your the requirements of and dependence on God and the spiritual strong obtained through the Eucharist. You offer to God a pure and holy sacrifice most pleasing to His divine majesty.
Holy Mass and Communion are the greatest spiritual artilleries God has placed at our disposal to help bring about peace. They are far more powerful than all atom and hydrogen bombs, guided missiles, shoots, airplanes, containers, and sends combined. Many times during his pontificate, Pope Pius XII insisted frequent receipt of Holy communion, territory, “Men will always find the best remedy against serious immoralities in the Eucharist . . . . Only through frequent receipt of our Divine Lord will they have the strength to help a world-wide shaded by knowledge and gripped in the frost of indifference.”
Our Lady of Fatima appealed for frequent Communion as a counteroffensive against Communism and the forces of evil. At Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, the need was clearly stated for determining reparation to Almighty God, in order to be allowed to to conciliate His just wrath, aroused by the many cruel sins and blasphemies committed against Him. On one party, the guardian angel of Portugal appeared to the three children, birthing a golden chalice in one handwriting and a Host in the other. The dazed children was noted that puts of blood were descending from the Host into the chalice. Then the angel left both suspended in midair and prostrated himself on the grind, saying this beautiful prayer: “Most Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy spirit — I adore You seriously. I volunteer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and holines of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles “of the worlds”, in reparation for the resentments, discourtesies, and inattentions whereby He is annoyed. Through the infinite qualities of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.”
If we could get even a majority of Catholic guys, maidens, and children to offer each reception of the Eucharist in reparation for the sins “of the worlds”, in reparation for their own blasphemies, and for the conversion of the world, we would help offset to a great extent the hatred of antagonists who are trying to destroy God’s Church. For the sake of this love, God would shower blessing on them instead of justice, and would move forgiveness into their centers to see the error of their ways.
This act of redres is highly sanctifying. Atonement will further enkindle your ardor by enabling you to sympathize with the abides of Jesus. It will help you to endure all the inquiries that God may send you; for love of Him and in association with His sufferings, it will bring peace to the world. Thus, devotion to the Sacred Heart challenges a blending of charity and sacrifice, and this is the particularly heart of Christianity.
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