Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is one of my favorite feast days: the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We know that the heart represents love and so this feast is yet another reminder of God’s great love for us, of the love that Jesus has for all of us; a love which compelled Him to become man, to spend 33 years on earth, to suffer horribly and die for us and to rise for us!

So for this week’s 7 Quick Takes I’d like to share some links about the Sacred Heart for you to pray over and think about:

1. EWTN devotionals.

2. SacredHeart.com.

3. SacredHeartDevotion.com.

4. Women for Faith and Family. (Page about the Sacred Heart.)

5. New Advent. (Doctrinal explanation of the feast.)

6. About.com. (History of the feast.)

7. Wikipedia. (Not a terrible explanation of the feast. 🙂 )

A blessed Solemnity, everyone!

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Our Catholic Traditions: First Friday Devotions

Are you familiar with First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? If not, read on! It is a rich and beautiful devotion that all Catholics should at least be aware of. 🙂

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What is the First Friday Devotion, you ask?

The First Friday Devotion was popularized by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. St. Margaret Mary was a mystic to whom the Lord appeared frequently and entrusted her with the mission of establishing devotion to His Sacred Heart.

Basically, the devotion consists of going to Mass and receiving Holy Communion for nine (9) consecutive first Fridays of the month. The person honoring this devotion will go to Mass with the particular intention of honoring Jesus’ Sacred Heart and in reparation for those who do not love Him or receive Him. In His own words, He said to St. Margaret Mary:

“I promise you in the excessive mercy of M Heart that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they will not die under My displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, My divine Heart making itself their assured refuge at the last moment.”

Jesus actually made 12 promises to anyone who would honor Him by this devotion. This shows His amazing mercy and love: we give him a little thing, like the sacrifice of our time for Mass, and He gives back so much more!

Other Practices

Going to Mass and receiving Our Lord in Communion is the only requirement for the First Friday Devotion; however, that doesn’t mean you have to stop there. Some other practices to honor Our Lord’s Sacred Heart for First Friday (or any day!) include:

Our Lord’s heart bleeds for those who do not know Him or love Him or receive His precious Body and Blood. Many of us do not have the opportunity to go to daily Mass, but perhaps we can make the effort to make it one extra day a month? What do you say? Can you join with me in making reparation to Our Sweet Lord on the First Fridays of each month?

Further Reading

catholictradition.org

miraclerosarymission.org

catholic.net

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31 Days With Mary: Day 26

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Mary: The Way to Jesus

“Many conversations, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Encouraging someone to begin a relationship or grow in his or her relationship with Mary, and through her with Jesus.

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(P.S. The ninth -last- day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 22

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Mary: Ever Virgin

“”We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of all things, both visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God . . . who for us men and for our salvation came down and took flesh, that is, was born perfectly of the holy ever-virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.” –St. Epiphanius of Salamis

Offering: Reciting devoutly the “Blessed be Your Purity” prayer below:

“Blessed be your purity, May it be blessed for ever, For no less than God takes delight, In such exalted beauty. To you, heavenly Princess, Holy Virgin Mary, I offer on this day My whole heart, life and soul. Look upon me with compassion, do not leave me, my Mother.”

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(P.S. The fifth day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 19

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Mary: Her Faith

“If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. St. John tells us that it was because of the miracle that Christ performed, at his mother’s request, at the marriage feast at Cana, that ‘his disciples learned to believe in him’ Our Mother is always interceding with her Son, so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us in such a way that we can cry out, ‘You are the Son of God!'” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: The Memorare prayed well and carefully for the person in our life who most needs the Blessed Virgin Mary’s assistance.

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(P.S. The second day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 12

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Mary: Flight to Egypt

“Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son,'” -Matthew 2: 14-15

Offering:  a dontation of food or clothes for someone in need.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 11

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Mary: Visit of the Magi

“They [the Magi] were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, franincense, and myrrh.” -Matthew 2: 10-11

Offering: A visit to a shut-in or someone in need.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 8

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Mary: Mother of Jesus

“We can’t forget that Mary spent nearly every day of her life just like millions of other women who look after their families, bring up their children, and take care of their houses.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Going to Mass and receiving Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

 

31 Days With Mary: Day 3

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Mary and the Blessed Trinity

“Through the Incarnation of our Lord, in her immaculate womb, Mary, the daughter of God the Father, is also the spouse of God the Holy Spirit and the mother of God the Son.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: A Hail Mary in honor of the Blessed Trinity as often as we can remember.

Divine Mercy Novena Day Five: Those Who Have Separated Themselves From the Church

For today’s novena, we are praying for those who have separated themselves from the Church. As always, if you need the prayers, you can find them here.