Today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! If all of us truly knew what this day was - the world would be a different place. His Heart contains EVERYTHING the world needs to be holy! WOW! How sad is that - that the world is a mess when it could have been avoided! Even the loss of one soul to hell is an immense tragedy - it should never have happened! Why did it? One word - pride. I should have said sin but no it takes pride to sin. When we have true humility - we love, we obey, we are in union with God.
This pride has caused the world to grow so cold. The devil has deceived us and we have thrown away opportunities of love. We surely do not know the intensity of the Love of God. It is a mystery. When the saints meditated upon it - they came to the conclusion that God loves us to folly. Meaning that we do not deserve it. We squander His love, we reject Him, we despise Him, we ridicule Him, we mock Him, we disobey Him. Yet---- He still loves us??? How can this be?? It is truly amazing!!! The image of the Sacred Heart is so beautiful. He is shown with a Heart burning with Love - surrounded by a crown of thorns showing that He is willing to suffer and die for us. The flames coming from His Heart show that His love never dies. His burning furnace of Love never extinguishes! This should bring us intense joy even in the midst of all this chaos!
There is so much hatred and coldness today and there should not be. Where have we gone wrong? We don't even fully understand the gift of Himself in the Eucharist. He humbles Himself to be our food and He understood that He would be mistreated in that state. He would be received sacrilegiously. He would be treated like a dead object. He would be trampled upon. Yet He still subjects Himself each day to this in order for us to receive Him truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. He loves us to folly! We, who understand this, need to make reparation for this ingratitude and try to comfort Him in imitation of our Blessed Mother.
His Sacred Heart is found in the Most Holy Eucharist and is the powerhouse of grace! There is enough grace to transform the world! Why is it not transformed? St. Francis deSales says that we are not saints because we do not desire to be. We are not aware of His Real Presence or His Real Love for us. We need to spend more time in prayer, adoration and reparation for the world today. May we trust in His goodness and love. May we pray to be transformed in Love! May we ask to be His Light in a cold dark world! May we ask Our Blessed Mother to pray for us!
"Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus":
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.
Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen
Immaculate Heart of Mary please pray for us that the world may be transformed with the divine Light and Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!