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altThe Month of
The Sacred Heart

Many will remember the picture of the Sacred Heart in homes of their youth, but be less familiar with the story behind it, the very real events that occurred, and its relevance today . . . for God does not change.

On 27th December, the feast of St John, 1673, Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque was alone at prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the church of the Visitation Convent in Paray-le-Monial, Central France. Her life from the age of eight had been marked by suffering, bereavement, illness and great unhappiness in the home.

Suddenly she was pervaded by the presence of Jesus who now permitted her to rest her head against His breast (as the apostle John had done). As she did this, He began to reveal to her the wonders of his love and the mysterious secrets of His Sacred Heart, a Heart that was "so aflame with love for the human race". These treasures of His Heart, He told her, were to be spread throughout the world in order to enrich mankind. Thus began a series of apparitions in which Jesus appeared to her with His Heart "like a sun, ablaze with a dazzling light".

Later He showed her this Heart, with a visible wound, surrounded by thorns and a cross above it, and told her that ". . wherever the picture was exposed and honoured, he would lavish His graces and blessings".

On another occasion, when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, she saw His five wounds "blazing like five suns". He repeated the excess of love He felt for mankind, who had nothing for Him " but ingratitude and indifference". He added, " If they would render Me some return of love, I would think little of all I had done for them, and would wish, were it possible, to do even more". To make reparation for these ingratitudes, He asked her to go often to Communion, especially on the first Friday of each month, and to watch for one hour in prayer each week in His company before His Father.

In the great apparition of 14th June 1675, Jesus spoke again of man's response to this sacrament of Love as one of "ingratitude, irreverence and sacrileges, coldness and contempt". It was on this occasion He called for a special feast day on the first Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi, to honour His Heart, to receive Holy Communion and to make a solemn Act of Reparation.

To encourage devotion to His Heart, Jesus made a number of promises through St Margaret Mary:
"To all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday for 9 consecutive months, I will grant the gift of final repentance. . . I will give to my faithful all the graces necessary in their state in life. . .I will bring peace to their homes . . I will comfort them in their sufferings . . . I will bless their undertakings . . .Sinners will find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of Mercy".

The feast of the Sacred Heart this year will be
celebrated on Friday 24th of June.

John Paul II speaking on 'the Heart of Jesus' A Symbol of Christian Faith - Pope Benedict
Litany of the Sacred Heart St Margaret Mary
List St Claude de la Colombière
Pope Francis on Sacred Heart