Friday, June 15, 2012

Sacred Heart of Jesus


The Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most popular devotions in the Catholic Church.  Since the early days of the Church, God's love has always been preached, prayed and meditated upon.  

The devotion spread even more quickly when St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had her visions of Jesus and more promotion came about.  The first Fridays of every month are dedicated to devotion to the Sacred Heart.  

The Heart of Jesus burns with love and passion for all of human kind.  God is love!


Memorare to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Remember, O most kind Jesus, that none who have had recourse to Your Sacred Heart, implored its assistance, or called for mercy, have ever been abandoned.  Filled, and animated by this same confidence, O divine Heart, Ruler of all hearts, I fly to You, and oppressed  beneath the weight of my sins, I prostrate myself before You.  Despise not Your unworthy child, but grant me, I pray, an entrance into Your Sacred Heart.  Sustain me in all my combats and be with me now, and at all times, but especially in the hour of my death.  0 gracious Jesus!  0 amiable Jesus!  0 loving Jesus!
[Reparation for the neglect of the majority of Catholics who have left our Lord alone and abandoned on the altar, never visited, is a key feature of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Following are a number of very beautiful Acts of Reparation to the Sacred Heart, not generally known, which can form a part of one's daily prayer life, particularly when before the Blessed Sacrament.]
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O Jesus, divine Savior, deign to cast a look of mercy upon Your children, who assemble  in the same spirit of faith, reparation, and love, and come to deplore their own infidelities, and those of all poor sinners, their brethren.
May we touch Your divine Heart by the unanimous and solemn promises we are about to make and obtain mercy for ourselves, for the world, and for all who are so unhappy as not to love You.  We all promise that for the future:
For the forgetfulness and ingratitude of men, *(We will console you O Lord)For the way You are deserted in Your holy tabernacle,For the crimes of sinners,For the hatred of the impious,For the blasphemies uttered against You,For the sacrileges that profane Your Sacrament of Love, For the outrages against Your divinity,For the injuries of which You are the adorable Victim,For the coldness of the greater part of your children,For the contempt of your loving invitation,For the infidelity of those who called themselves Your friends,For the abuse of Your grace, For our own unfaithfulness,For the incomprehensible hardness of our hearts,For our long delay in loving You,For our tepidity in Your holy service,For Your bitter sadness at the loss of souls,For Your long waiting at the door of our hearts,For the heartless scorn that grieves You, For Your loving sighs,For Your loving tears,For Your loving imprisonment,For Your loving death,

We will console you, 0 Lord
Let us pray
0 Jesus!  divine Savior, from whose Heart comes forth this bitter complaint, "I looked for one that would comfort me, and I found none," graciously accept the feeble consolation we offer You, and aid us so powerfully by your grace, that we may, for the time to come, shun more and more all that can displease You, and prove ourselves in everything, and everywhere, and forever Your most faithful and devoted servants.  We ask it through Your Sacred Heart, O Lord, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit  one God, world without end.  Amen.

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