Friday, June 15, 2012

Pausing to contemplate the SACRED HEART

His love endures forever! (cf. Ps 136)
"On today's Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus  the Church presents us this mystery for our contemplation:  The mystery of the heart of God who feels compassion and who bestows all of His love upon humanity. ... Together let us pause to contemplate the pierced heart of the Crucified One... 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


"I am linked with Eternal Love through the Blessed Sacrament.  In His temple within me, the Saviour has revealed His goodness and kindness to me.  I have received the inestimable alms of God.  His love urges me...

So, for all mankind, I beg Your Eternal Love.  Let me pour out this Love into the hearts of all.  Let me welcome with compassion the poor, the oppressed, the rejected, those in danger, and lead them to You, the Good Shepherd.  Grant me this grace through the Blessed Sacrament, the source of Your human-divine love.

... Never have I been able to separate the devotion of the Sacred Heart from that of the Blessed Sacrament.  ... When you are appealing to His Divine Heart for a soul, He will never refuse you, although sometimes He demands much prayer, sacrifice and suffering." 

Blessed Maria Droste
Good Shepherd Sister

Our Lord made known to Bl Maria that He wanted the entire universe consecrated to His Heart and the she was to request this of the Holy Father.  She carried out this delicate task in June, 1898, and again, on the insistence of our Lord, in January, 1899.  "My mission on earth will be completed as soon as the consecration is accomplished", she said to her confessor.  And so it was.  Shortly before her death (June 8, 1899) Bl Maria received news of the publication of the encyclical ANNUM SACRUM with the decree of consecration of the entire human race to the Sacred Heart (Pope Leo XIII) on June 11, 1899. 

 Jesus meek and humble of Heart ,
make our hearts like unto Thine!

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