Thursday, June 1, 2023

June - Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June is the month of the sacred heart of Jesus

June is a special month for Catholics, as it is dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus. The sacred heart is a symbol of Jesus' love, mercy, and compassion for humanity. It also represents his suffering and sacrifice on the cross for our salvation.

The devotion to the sacred heart has a long history in the Church, dating back to the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century. She saw Jesus showing her his heart, surrounded by thorns and flames, and saying: "Behold this heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love."

Jesus asked St. Margaret Mary to spread the devotion to his heart and to make reparation for the sins and ingratitude of people who do not love him in return. He also promised many graces and blessings to those who honor his heart, especially by receiving Holy Communion on the first Friday of each month, and by consecrating themselves and their families to his heart.

The feast of the sacred heart is celebrated on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, which falls in June. This year, it will be on June 23. On this day, we can renew our devotion to the heart of Jesus, and thank him for his infinite love for us. We can also pray for the conversion of sinners, and for peace and justice in the world.

Some ways to celebrate the month of the Sacred Heart are:

- Pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart or the Chaplet of the Sacred Heart every day.

- Display an image of the sacred heart in your home, and have it blessed by a priest.

- Enroll yourself and your family in the Apostleship of Prayer, which is a worldwide network of prayer for the intentions of the Pope and the Church.

- Make a holy hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and meditate on the mysteries of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.

- Offer up your joys and sorrows, your work and leisure, your successes and failures to the heart of Jesus, and ask him to unite them with his own.

- Practice acts of charity and mercy towards others, especially those who are in need or suffering.

- Ask the intercession of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Claude de la Colombiere, St. John Eudes, St. Faustina Kowalska, and other saints who had a special devotion to the sacred heart.

The month of June is a great opportunity to grow closer to the heart of Jesus and to experience his love more deeply in our lives. Let us pray that we may always remain faithful to his heart and that we may share his love with others.

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