Dear Beloved Devotees of the Sacred Heart.

SacredHeart 1As we enter the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we begin an intense 30 days of true devotion to the Heart that so loved us. Let us pause and reflect briefly on this devotion:

The Church, governed and taught by the Holy Spirit, has approved and recommended devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and has instituted the Feast of the Sacred Heart which has increased in extent and solemnity over the course of many years.

Since its inception after the apparitions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, it is celebrated as a Solemnity on the Friday after Corpus Christi. Through this Apostolate of Prayer, millions across the world offer all their prayers, works and sufferings for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

This devotion is most appropriate during these times of religious indifference and cold-heartedness when Jesus shows to the world His Sacred Heart as a symbol of God’s infinite love - the symbol of His own self-sacrificing love for all people. He shows His Divine Heart as a furnace whose burning rays of love are able to restore our faith and rekindle love in hearts that have grown cold and ungrateful….”But why His Heart“, you may ask? It is because, in every language, the heart is regarded as the natural symbol of love and affection. What more natural and expressive symbol is there then, of the excessive love of Jesus than His Sacred Heart.

The emotions that flow from this Heart are: 
* burning zeal for the glory of the Father;
* abundant love for all people;
* profound humility;
* unconquerable patience;
* self-sacrifice; and 
* Devotion of self to the Father’s will.

Coupled with perpetual adoration of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and unceasing acts of gratitude and mercy, especially during this Jubilee Year, we should also have a burning desire for our hearts to be more and more like His. 

“Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine” that we too, may be planted and rooted in love and become merciful like the Father.

I love you All

Mme Bridgette Goeieman

The Breviary

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