Skip to comments.7 Ways to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Posted on 08/22/2014 3:41:26 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
Behold this heart which has so loved men. Jesus Christ
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus, loved us, and at the same time, an exercise of our own love by which we are related to God and to other men. - Pope Pius XII
At the very center of Christianity is love. Love is the whole message, the whole law. Now, I dont mean love in the sense of quickly passing infatuation or sexual attraction, two mistaken definitions of our confused culture, but rather sacrificial self-giving. In its essence, love is nothing more than laying down your life for the good of another.
The deeper we grow in the Catholic and Apostolic faith, the more we realize that the gospel is centered not so much in our love for God, but in Gods love for us. Holy Church has dedicated the month of June to a devotion that is designed to remind us of the depth of Gods passionate love for his creatures: devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In the burning and wounded Sacred Heart, we see that Gods heart is consumed with love for usso much so that he was willing to suffer and die for us in the most gruesome manner. The Sacred Heart teaches us that true love is always costly, but that it always gives life.
There is much more that can be said about devotion to the Sacred Heart, but today I want to focus on 7 ways we can honor it.
1. Consecration In mediating on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we realize the depth of Gods sacrificial love for us. Jesus gave himself to us completely on the Cross to prove his love for us, and he continues to do so every day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. When we receive the Eucharist, we receive the very heart of Christ.
Yes, Jesus gives us his heart again and again, and the only reasonable thing to do is to give our hearts to him in return. One beautiful way to do this is by consecrating ourselves to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Click here for a prayer of consecration.
2. Enthronement - An important aspect of devotion to the Sacred Heart is recognizing and submitting to the authority of Jesus Christ in every aspect of our lives. Jesus is truly a kingthe king of the Church, of our families, and of society in general. The tradition of enthroning the Sacred Heart is an excellent way to express this kingship of Christ.
In this ceremony, a blessed image of the Sacred Heart is placed prominently in our homes, reminding us that Jesus is our king, and that we should love and serve him with our whole hearts. Here are the prayers for an enthronement ceremony.
3. Reparation The name of Jesus is regularly blasphemed and abused in media, literature, and every day conversation. Each time this happens, the heart of Christ is wounded again by the rejection of his creatures. One way we can show love to the Sacred Heart is by making acts of reparation for the abuse that Jesus receives. A prayer of reparation can be found here.
4. First Fridays - When our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary and revealed the devotion to the Sacred Heart, he requested the practice of attending mass, going to confession, and receiving him in the Eucharist on the first Friday of 9 consecutive months. This devotion is important because we remember the passion and death of our Lord on Friday. It is essentially a novena that reminds us of the love of Jesus for us, and instills in us a desire to imitate his sacrificial love.
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5. Frequent Prayer Prayer is the breath of the spiritual life and the primary way we grow in love for God and neighbor. Calling frequently on the Sacred Heart is an excellent way to pray, since doing so is an appeal to the love and mercy of Jesus. Prayer to the sacred heart can be as lengthy as a novena or litany, or as simple as a spontaneous, Sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
6. Imitation Devotion to the Sacred Heart is designed to inspire imitation. We can say all the right prayers and even practice the first Friday devotion faithfully, but if we arent imitating the self-giving, sacrificial love of Jesus, we arent truly devoted to his heart. Of course, imitating the Sacred Heart starts with giving love to Christ and being ready to sacrifice for his sake. But it also involves loving those we encounter every dayincluding those we dont particularly like. It means loving and forgiving our enemies and those who persecute us. It means laying our life down for others.
7. Missionary activity Finally, loving the Sacred Heart of Jesus means bringing its love to others. It means sharing our faith with those who may have fallen away from it, or who might have never heard of the fact that Christ lovingly gives himself to us, body and soul, in the Eucharist. It means bearing witness to the fact the Jesus is our king whom we serve sacrificially. And it means bearing our crosses lovingly and patiently. Conclusion
Devotion to the Sacred Heart has waned in recent years, but I encourage all of you to learn more about this beautiful devotion, and to grow in your love for the burning heart of Jesus. It is only when we learn to imitate the true, costly, and sacrificial love of the Sacred Heart that we will discover our vocation as men.
Thank you NKP.
Why the sacred heart, but no mention of anything else sacred?
Well, actually you do get mentions of other things sacred, such as: Jesus; God; Christianity; Love; sacrificial self-giving; Catholic and apostolic faith; the Cross; the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; the Eucharist; the Church; the kingship of Christ; St. Margaret Mary; prayer, and missionary activity.
The author did, however, leave out J.S. Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue in d minor’, and W.A. Mozart’s ‘Requiem.’
......Oh remember Mathew 11:25-28 about Jesus being “meek and humble of heart ?”
“......Oh remember Mathew 11:25-28 about Jesus being meek and humble of heart ?
I do remember this, but it doesn’t mention “sacred heart.”
Just wondering why they leave out Jesus himself as sacred, but focus on his heart alone as sacred?
Why not the sacred feet? Scripture says “blessed are the feet of him who brings good news”.
Meditating on how deep His love for us is found in every one of His wounds, every beat of HIs Heart, every sigh he experiences on our behalf.
The Sacred Heart IS the Heart of Jesus.
Did you miss that?
“The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the entirety of Christ’s love and devotion for us. It is not a thing but a complete concept of our loving God. It encompasses not just the love of Jesus but also His Father and the Holy Spirit.”
OK, the entirety of Christ’s love is amazingly wonderful, obviously.
You do realize that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are different persons of the Godhead than Christ.
Why do you just give credit to Jesus?
Why do you not give credit to the “sacred heart of the Father?”
Why do you not give credit to the “sacred heart of the Spirit?”
Why call it the “sacred heart”, instead of the Loving Heart of God? That seems more in line with your understanding of the concept.
“The Sacred Heart IS the Heart of Jesus. Did you miss that?”
Oh, no. I didn’t miss it. I’m asking for clarification as to how you can miss all of Jesus?
We don’t. Is this a figment of your imagination?
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Just in case you truly want to know the history behind the concept:
Thank you for your kindness in posting a link to share the Roman perspective on this concept.
It is interesting reading.
Absolutely noting wrong with spending time meditating on the love and grace of God, as represented in the sacrifice of Christ. I wish more Christians understood what that sacrifice actually means, why we must entrust ourselves to it for salvation and judicially & positionally, what it accomplished. Unfortunately, it rarely, rarely rises beyond thinking about His suffering and love.
Thanks for posting. I never understood this devotion. It’s a shame that so many devotions have fallen into disuse. Just too much noise and distraction in society..
There is no mention of “sacred heart of Jesus” in the bible, therefore....
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