Saturday, October 20, 2018

Reason no. 19 why I remain Catholic: The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Imagine if you will, being wrapped in complete love. A love so deep and so profound that you want for nothing. This is the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Our Lord came to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in a series of apparitions beginning in 1673. "In them, Christ informed her that she was His chosen instrument to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart, instructed her in a devotion that was to become known as the Nine Fridays and the Holy Hour, and asked that the feast of the Sacred Heart be established."

This is where the devotion of the Sacred Heart began, in a little town of Bourgogne, France called Paray-Le-Monial.

Our Lord said to St. Margaret: “Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt, they have for me in this sacrament of love…. I come into the heart I have given you in order that through your fervor you may atone for the offenses which I have received from lukewarm and slothful hearts that dishonor me in the Blessed Sacrament.”

It was in discovering the gift of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that I came to know this message. This allowed me to reflect on all of the love Jesus has given to me and how ungrateful I have been in my own lukewarmness towards Him.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus to me is a sign of God's everlasting love. That he would allow himself to be hung on a cross, pierced in His side so that we may have life. This heart that to this day gives of itself over and over and receives so little love in return.

This heart is like a furnace, burning with a fire of love so powerful it will consume anything that comes towards it. This fire consumes not in the way of obliteration, but to consume with love. This is the heart where we can be wrapped completely in a love that is so intense, so all-encompassing that we can only give in to its intensity and give love for love. 

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the love of God poured out for every human being to accept or reject. Because God is love, He can only love and wait for us to reciprocate.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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