Celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

by Jayson M. Brunelle

The tradition of venerating and paying homage to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus owes its origin to the earliest of Church teachings regarding the real presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist, present with his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity under the veil or appearance of the consecrated host, which is placed in a monstrance for solemn public adoration.  The term “heart” signifies the core, essence or life-force of a thing; thus, the “Heart of Christ,” the God-man, wherein the mystery of the unity of the two natures, and the subsequent reconciliation of humanity and divinity in the one Divine Person of Christ, is most fully depicted.

According to the mystical experiences had by St. Margaret Mary, Christ promised the following twelve graces to those who would fittingly adore an image of His Sacred and Eucharistic Heart, provided that their love for the Heart of Christ was genuine and sprang from an authentic devotion to this Divine Heart which truly is ablaze with the all-consuming fire of Divine Love for humanity:

The Twelve Promises of Christ Jesus to Those Who Adore His Most Sacred Heart

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.

  2. I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.

  3. I will console them in all their troubles.

  4. I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.

  5. I will bestow the blessings of Heaven on all their enterprises.

  6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

  8. Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.

  9. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored and will imprint My love on the hearts of those who would wear this image on their person. I will also destroy in them all disordered movements.

  10. I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to my Divine Heart the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

  11. Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be effaced.

  12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence: they will not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.


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