Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Protestantism in the sixteenth century and Jansenism in the seventeenth had attempted to spoil one of the essential dogmas of Christianity, namely the love of God for all men.
It became necessary that the Spirit of love, which directs the Church, should by some new means counteract the spreading heresy, in order that the Spouse of Christ, far from seeing her love for Jesus diminish, should feel it always increasing.

This was made manifest in Catholic worship, which is the sure rule of our faith, by the institution of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
Yet in early Middle-Ages, the Doctors and Saints used to see in the wound of Jesus’ side the source of all graces. St. Bonaventure invites us “to enter this wound and to dwell in the quiet of this Heart”.

The two Benedictine virgins, St. Gertrude and St. Mechtilde, in the thirteenth century, had a clear vision of the grandeur of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. St. John the evangelist, appearing to the former, announced to her that “the meaning of the blessed beating of the heart of Jesus which he had heard while his head rested on His breast, was reserved for the latter times when the world grown old and cold in divine love, would require to have its fervour renewed by means of this mystery of burning love”.

This Heart, say these two Saints, is an altar on which Christ offers Himself to the Father as a perfect and most acceptable victim. It is a golden censer from which rise towards the Father as many clouds of incense as there are kinds of men for whom Christ suffered. In this Heart the praise and thanks we give to God and all our good works are ennobled and become acceptable to the Father.

But in order to make this worship public and recognized, Providence first raised up St. John Eudes, who in 1670 composed an Office and a Mass of the Sacred Heart for the so-called Congregation of the Eudists. Providence then chose one of the spiritual daughters of St. Francis of Sales, St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus showed His Heart at Paray-le-Monial, on June 16th, 1675, Sunday after Corpus Christi, and asked her to institute a feast of the Sacred Heart on the Friday following the Octave of Corpus Christi.

Lastly, God employed for the propagation of this devotion, Blessed Claude de la Colombiere. He belonged to the Company of Jesus ” the whole of which inherited his zeal in the propagation of the devotion to the Sacred Heart “.
In 1765, Clement XIII gave his approbation to the feast and the Office of the Sacred Heart, and in 1856 Pius IX, extended it to the universal Church. In 1929 Pius XI composed a new Mass and Office for this feast and gave it a privileged Octave of the third Order.
The solemnity of the Sacred Heart sums up all the phases of the life of Jesus recalled in the liturgy from Advent to the Feast of Corpus Christi.

It constitutes an admirable triptych giving us in abridgment all the mysteries, joyous, sorrowful and glorious, of the Saviour’s life devoted to the love of God and men. This feast is indeed placed on a height fr m which may be contemplated the redeeming labours of the Saviour on earth and the glorious victories He will, by the working of the Holy Ghost, achieve in souls until the end of the world.

Coming after the feasts of Christ, this feast completes them, concentrating them in one object which is materially Jesus’ Heart of flesh, and formally the unbounded charity symbolised by this Heart. This solemnity therefore does not relate to a particular mystery of the Saviour’s life, but embraces them all; indeed the devotion to the Sacred Heart celebrates all the favours we have received from divine charity during the year, and all the marvellous things that Jesus has done for us It is the feast of the love of God for men, a love which has made Jesus come down on earth for all by His Incarnation (Epistle), which has raised Him on the Cross for the Redemption of all and which brings Him down every day on our altars by transubstantiation, in order to make us benefit by the merits of His death on Calvary.
These three mysteries, which manifest to us the divine charity in a more special way, sum up the spirit of the feast of the Sacred Heart. It is ” His love which forced Him to put on a mortal body”.

It is His love which willed that the Sacred Heart should be pierced on the cross in order that from the wound should flow a spring we might draw from joyfully, whose water cleanses us from our sins in baptism and whose blood nourishes bur souls in the Eucharist. And as the Eucharist is the continuation of the Incarnation and the sacrifice of Calvary, Jesus asked that the feast should be placed immediately after the Octave of Corpus Christi.

As these manifestations of Christ’s love only show the more the ingratitude of men who only answer by coldness and indifference this solemnity has a character of reparation (Collect) demanded of us by the wounded Heart of Jesus and by His immolation in the Crib, on the Cross and on the Altar.

Let us learn from the Heart of Jesus, whose gentle and humble love turns no one away, and in it we shall find rest for our souls.

(from ‘Saint Andrew Daily Missal’j



Consecration of the Family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus, You made clear to Saint Margaret Mary Your desire of being King in Christian families. We today wish to proclaim Your most complete kingly dominion over our own family. We want to live in the future with Your life. We want to cause to flourish in our midst those virtues to which You have promised peace here below. We want to banish far from us the spirit of the world which You have cursed. You shall be King over our minds in the simplicity of our faith, and over our hearts by the wholehearted love with which they shall burn for You, the flame of which we will keep alive by the frequent reception of Your divine Eucharist. Be so kind, O divine Heart, as to preside over our assemblings, to bless our enterprises, both spiritual and temporal, to dispel our cares, to sanctify our joys, and to alleviate our sufferings. If ever one or other of us should have the misfortune to afflict You, remind him, O Heart of Jesus, that You are good and merciful to the penitent sinner. And when the hour of separation strikes, when death shall come to cast mourning into our midst, we will all, both those who go and those who stay, be submissive to Your eternal decrees. We shall console ourselves with the thought that a day will come when the entire family, reunited in heaven, can sing forever Your glories and Your mercies. May the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious patriarch Saint Joseph present this consecration to You, and keep it in our minds all the days of our life. All glory to the Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father!

(Indulgenced May 19, 1908.)

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  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    This article is so magnificent and timely for any of us who are seeing this world falling apart before our eyes with evil being placed on a pedestal for all to see and worship; the “Antichrist Movement” in full orchestration as I referred to it years ago was coming; now its here! I didn’t really want to believe it would continue on getting this ugly and that so many human beings would be become wicked minions of hell, some of them even directly attacked me and my life; as they living in a way that is so vile and hideous, I really can’t bear to look sometimes, feeling like I’m done; I don’t want to be here anymore at all! I see how there is no way this world will retract from the demonic evil that is in motion all around us and must be consumed in fire to end it! There are too many humans that are the living dead, the Puppet POTUS for a prime example and many others that are demonic ghouls a parody of what a human being should be! Just the other day while the V.P. of the USA Harris was in Central America she was gyrating around doing some kind of Banshee dance after handing out cookies with her image on them to a crowd of idiots and pagans, while the look in her eyes told me plenty; that is a top executive of this Nation under God? She is demonically influenced and I do think possessed as her great grandfather is in hell I’m sure for being the evil scoundrel he was the prolific slave trader and selling or trading children as chattel; the notorious Hamilton Brown, so I’m sure there is something straight from hell tapping into this crazy nut case we have as a V.P. who has never come out and dismissed that family past and she should have being a public figure in such a high position now but instead she does the opposite almost laughing about the evil and condoning more; so she is evil. That is why Biden and her are all for their open border insanity allowing human trafficking to increase exponentially since January!

    Jude 1:17-22
    17But you, beloved, remember what was foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ 18when they said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow after their own ungodly desires.” 19These are the ones who cause divisions, who are worldly and devoid of the Spirit.

    20But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God as you await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.

    22And indeed, have mercy on those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them from the fire; and to still others show mercy tempered with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.

    In Luke 21 Jesus preaches a sermon about the End of the World. The end of the world is easier to comprehend when we can compare it to the world around us. That is what Jesus does. He points to things they knew and said amplify that, multiply that sort of thing exponentially, then you will understand what is coming. Basically Jesus describes a Global Final Holocaust not only of Jews and Christians but of all humans; and I know the vaccines are a huge part of this process sent from hell!

    “In the Great Tribulation 2 ½ million die every day for 42 months. In Auschwitz less than a thousand died each day. That means 2500x as many people die every day. Or to put it in Auschwitz terms—the number of people that died every day at Auschwitz will die every 30 seconds in the Great Tribulation! Or in other terms living on earth will be like living in an Auschwitz death camp—and in death toll there will be the equivalent of an Auschwitz Holocaust twice a day for 42 months!” (Thanks to crosswalk)

    There will be religious deception (Luke 21:8). “Be not deceived!” is Christ’s admonition to us, and we must take that to heart.

    Luke 21:8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.”
    “One third of all vegetation will be burned up. All grass, every tree, everything green will be destroyed”
    Revelation 8:7-12
    “7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
    8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
    10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood.[a] A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
    12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.”

    Revelation 9:3-6
    “3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.
    4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
    5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.
    6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.”

    I’m sorry to you God and Lord Jesus as well to be saying these things because things are becoming so grotesque and hopeless and I don’t want to be a part of any of it! But I speak out because I know I must do my part to not ignore the obvious as so many do or try to do deluding themselves and living for the ways of the world!

    I had just written the other day these words that in response to the CP&S article from which this following quotation came.

    Then this passage here jumps out to me as being so much like my dad’s way of looking at life in general and our proper duty or service to our Lord God who has given all of us this great opportunity! Because even though we are in a fallen state we have all the equipment or accommodation to rise above all of the imperfection of this fallen nature and truly be children of God; in perfect harmony with His Glory and Absolute Perfection in Heaven!
    “This is also called by St. Thérèse of Lisieux “the little way”, a loving commitment to the tasks and to the people we meet in our everyday lives. She took her assignments in the convent of Lisieux as ways of manifesting her love for God and for others.”
    Why else would God Himself come down to this level which compared to heaven must be utter chaos and so atrocious to God and all the heavenly angels! Yet He knows us and always sees that spark and potential that He planted in our hearts and souls; we weren’t meant to be tossed out with the trash or failures, so imperfect and lost, but to be living eternally in greatness; being so happy and joyous always!
    God bless you.

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III


  2. Brother Burrito says:

    Dear CP&S,

    Please ban Lawrence Morra from this website for the crimes of WASTING valuable pixels on screens across the globe, and WASTING the time of anyone foolish enough to read his foolish crap. Thank you.

    PS Dear Mr Morra, I am sure you are a lovely chap but you really need to find a better way to fill your time. God love you.


  3. kathleen says:

    BB, you surprise me! I never thought of you as mean, quite the contrary, but what you are saying to Lawrence here is very uncharitable. Don’t worry about wasted pixels. (You should see our enormous spam folder for how many pixels trolls and weird advertising companies really do waste, simply industrial amounts of pixels!) Just scroll down if you don’t want to read Lawrence’s long comments… although by doing that you might be missing some enlightening thoughts and facts.


  4. Brother Burrito says:

    I apologise kathleen for, yes, being mean. It just seems to me that LM has hijacked the comments here like some loudmouth at a party, like Toad used to do. I’m sure I am not the only one to feel this way.
    As it happens, I scroll past his comments already and have repetitive strain injury as a result. Perhaps johnhenry can launch a no win-no fee action against LM on my behalf? 😉


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