Tuesday, June 07, 2005



Friday, June 3rd, was the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. From the earliest centuries, the Church has shown special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Recall that Saint John, the Beloved Disciple, “rested his head on the Lord’s bosom”, close to His Sacred Heart.

Our Divine Lord confirmed to Saint Margaret Mary the need for this wonderful devotion. Also, Jesus made twelve extraordinary promises to us.

Think of all of the trials that come about in our lives. We face sicknesses, injuries, spiritual and economic problems, and all manner of anxieties. With confidence, let us bring these, “tears of life,” to the Sacred Heart, especially on the First Friday of every month.

The heart is the symbol of love. Pope Benedict, speaking of Sacred Heart Devotion, said: "Last Friday we celebrated the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, devotion profoundly rooted in the Christian people. In biblical language, "heart" indicates a person's center, seat of his feelings and intentions. In the heart of the Redeemer we adore God's love of humanity, his will of universal salvation, his infinite mercy. Worship of the Sacred Heart of Christ means, therefore, worship of that heart which, after having loved us to the end, was pierced by the spear, and from the cross on high, shed blood and water, inexhaustible source of new life."

When Our Lord appeared to Saint Margaret Mary, He showed her His Sacred Heart. He revealed to her how it is filled with love for every human person. Never doubt His love!

Let us also be mindful that the Lord Jesus longs for us to love Him in return. It is almost as though He barters for our love with the divine bribe of His rich promises. These are the promises made by the Sacred Heart Of Jesus:

1) I will give them the graces needed for their state in life. 2) I will give them peace in their families.
3) I will console them in their troubles.
4) They will find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5) I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6) Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and Infinite Ocean of mercy.
7) Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8) Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9) I will bless the homes in which the image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
l0) I will give priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
ll) Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in my Heart and it shall never be effaced.
l2) The all powerful love of my Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

If you have not made your Nine First Fridays, begin now. Imagine! Our Divine Savior promised us that, by making the Nine First Fridays, we will not die under His displeasure. How wonderful to know that His Sacred Heart will be our assured refuge at the last hour. Whatever crosses He asks us to bear, let us bear them with the sure knowledge that He will be our refuge and strength. At the end of our lives, He will embrace us with the reward of eternal life. Indeed, my friends, this is the bottom line. There is no other. Most Sacred Heat of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


Anonymous Matt F. said...

Hi Father. This is what a comment looks like. I can say all sorts of things....start a discussion

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Anonymous Ken Kiesow said...

Thank you Father for reminding us of this wonderful devotion! May God bless you as well for your part in propagating this as widely as possible!

1:39 PM  

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