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Friday, July 1, 2011

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

"Jesus meek and humble of heart,
make our heart like yours

Today, the first Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. On December 27, 1673, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque received the first in a series of revelations that continued over the following year and a half. In these revelations, Our Lord informed Saint Margaret Mary that He had chosen her as His instrument to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart.

"I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment" (Jesus to St. Margaret Mary).

“The essential nucleus of Christianity is expressed in the Heart of Jesus; in Christ the whole of the revolutionary newness of the Gospel was revealed and given to us: the Love that saves us and already makes us live in God’s eternity. Even our shortcomings, our limitations, and our weaknesses must lead us back to the Heart of Jesus. His divine Heart calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, to abandon our human certainties to trust in him and, following his example, to make of ourselves a gift of love without reserve.” Pope Benedict XVI

For items related to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Sacred Heart and Saint Margaret Mary from the Vatican Museum

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