Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Part II
Last Friday we had one of the Miles Christi priests lead our weekly formation group. One of the talks he gave was on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He said something that was very interesting and which is prompting me to spend some time this month posting more about the Sacred Heart. Over the next few weeks, I will try to post different prayers and background information that will help us to grow in our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Father told us that when Jesus had appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the late 1600's, He did so because it was at a time when Jesus was being despised, most especially by consecrated people. Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary because He wanted to express His deep sadness at not being loved. He was asking for reparation against these sins, especially those committed by His consecrated people.
At that point in the talk, one of the women made a comment that led to the discussion of how Jesus must feel at this time in history. If it was bad enough back then for Jesus to appear, how must He feel right now????? Father told us that that is why the devotion to the Sacred Heart is so important for our time. We need a renewal of this devotion, which has as its main goal to increase love for Jesus in the world. The devotion focuses on the human heart of Jesus because the heart represents the essence or goodness of a person. According to Father, when we grow in this love, we grow in goodness.
So during the course of this month, look for other posts on this much needed devotion. We need to spread it so that we can help compensate for all of the sins committed against the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.