Friday, June 23, 2017

God's Heart calls to ours...

His love endures forever! (cf. Ps 136) 

"The very core of Christianity is expressed in the heart of Jesus ... 
the Love that saves us and even now makes us live in the eternity of God (John 3:16).  
... God's heart calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, 
to forsake our human certainties, to trust in Him and by following His example, 
to make ourselves a gift of unbounded love."  Pope Benedict XVI

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"Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus infallibly leads souls to the Eucharist. Love for, and devotion to, the Eucharist infallibly leads souls to the mystery of God's infinite love symbolized for us by the Sacred Heart, a symbol necessary because love itself is immaterial and imperceptible: We need the sensible manifestation of the Divine Heart.

So it is that the Sacred Heart, the Holy Eucharist, and Love itself, are one and the same thing; for in the Eucharist dwells Jesus, in Jesus His Heart, and in His Heart is infinite love. The Eucharist can be explained only by love; the love of Jesus is the love of His Heart, and so the Eucharist is explained only by the Sacred Heart. Drawn close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by cords of love, we receive into our own hearts the Eucharistic Lord in Holy Communion. It is not possible to carry fire in  one's bosom and not become inflamed by it. Fire enkindles fire."

 Fr Richard Neilsen
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"I want to repose in your heart, because many souls have
thrown Me out of their hearts today." 
 Jesus to St Faustina

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"Love overcomes, love delights.
Those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice."
- St Bernadette

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“O Jesus, a soldier opened Your side with his lance, so that, through the gaping wound, we might know the charity of Your Heart, which loved us unto death, and that we might enter into Your unutterable love through the same channel by which it came to us.
Approach, then, O my soul, the Heart of Christ, that magnanimous Heart, that hidden Heart, that Heart which thinks of all things and knows all things; that loving Heart, all on fire with love. Make me understand, O Lord, that the door of Your Heart was forced open by the vehemence of Your love.
Allow me to enter into the secret of that love which was hidden from all eternity, but is now revealed by the wound in Your Heart.” -St. Bernardine of Siena

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In 2002 Pope St John Paul II designated
the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
as a World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests
O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests
within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with Your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed
with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world's contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their
joy and consolation here, and in Heaven their
beautiful and everlasting crown.  Amen.

St Therese of Lisieux

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