Friday, July 1, 2011

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

In the Catholic Church today, it is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Here's a beautiful traditional prayer:

O most holy heart of Jesus,
fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you,
and with a lively sorrow
for my sins,
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure,
and holy obedient to your will.

Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger;
comfort me in my affliction;
give me health of body,
assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do,
and the grace of a holy death.

In this Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is unimaginable love. Floods of living water can not contain the love He has for each of us.

My parents were given this picture of Jesus as a wedding gift when they married sixty years ago. Just yesterday they celebrated their anniversary. Although my mother, who is in the last stage of Alzheimer's disease, was not aware of this special day, we celebrated God's goodness to them. It is the gifts from above that my parents received that helped them remain faithful to their covenant love for one another, just as the Lord has been ever faithful to His covenant love with us.

Today we celebrate the Lord's enduring love and fidelity and we remember him in special ways with a longing to comfort his heart that is broken from ingratitude and grave offenses.

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