Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

sacredheartDevotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is filled with many graces and blessings. I have always had a great love and devotion to the Sacred Heart. As a teenager, I bought my own statue of the Sacred Heart to be placed in our yard. We still have that statue today, although it has the wear and tear of New England weather and needs to be replaced.

It’s always good to review the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart as given by Our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will give peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
  5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
  12. I promise thee in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that its all-powerful Love will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of Nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

I also recommend making the acts of consecration and reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life. Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart

Most sweet Jesus, You have bestowed on men the benefits of Your charity, but their ingratitude only responds with forgetfulness, negligence and spite. Thus here we prostrate ourselves before Your altar, inspired by the desire to make reparation through a special homage for their culpable indifference and the outrages which, in all ways, they oppress Your most loving Heart.
Nevertheless, we remember that we ourselves have been guilty of unworthy conduct in the past, and filled with profound sorrow, we implore Your mercy for us first of all. By voluntary expiation, we are ready to atone for the faults we have committed, ready also to expiate for those who, led astray from the way of salvation and remaining obstinate in their infidelity, refuse to follow You, their Shepherd and chief, thus throwing off the yoke of Your law and trampling the promises of their Baptism.

We would like to expiate for too many lamentable faults, making reparation for each of the following: our disorderly conduct, indecent fashions, scandalous corruption of innocent souls, profanation of Sundays and feasts, detestable blasphemies against You and against Your Saints, insults to your Vicar and to Your priests, reckless violations and odious sacrileges to the divine Sacrament of Your love, and finally the public sins of nations who revolt against the rights and authority of Your Church.

If only we could erase so many offenses with our own blood! At the least we wish to make reparation to Your outraged honor. We present to You even the satisfaction that You have offered to Your Father on the Cross, and the offering You have renewed each day on the altar. We present that sacrifice to You, accompanied with all the acts of atonement made by the Most Holy Virgin Your Mother, the Saints, and by faithful Christians. We promise You with all of our hearts, with the help of Your grace, to use all our means to do penance for our past faults and those of our neighbor. By the fervor of our faith, the purity of our life, and by perfect docility to the precepts of the Gospel, we desire to atone for the indifference toward such a great love, to which belongs all charity. We also promise You to make every effort to spare You new offenses and to lead the most souls possible to follow You.

Home Enthronement

You can also arrange to have your home enthroned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a beautiful devotion in which the family comes together every day in prayer and preparation for the Solemn Act of Consecration of the family and home to the Sacred Heart

Review of the movie – Saint Peter

Saint Peter with Omar SharifFrom the movie Jesus of Nazareth to The Passion of The Christ, we all look for more. There is that desire to see the life of the Church following the Passion and death of Our Lord. The movie Saint Peter is what we have all been waiting for.

Saint Peter begins with Mary and John at the foot of the cross, just after the death of Jesus. The movie quickly turns to the one chosen by the Lord to lead His Church into the future. We are lead from the cross on Calvary, through the life of Peter and the early Church to Vatican Hill, where Peter was led to his own cross. The journey of a weak and sinful man who embraced God’s call and became a man of courage and heroism.

This is not a literal reading of the Acts of the Apostles, but the story of Peter, the Twelve and the other men and women who passed on the wealth of our Catholic faith founded by Christ on the Rock of Peter. “There is no greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

If you want to follow the story beyond the cross, through the life of Peter and to his death, this movie is for you.

You can purchase it from Ignatius Press.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Today is the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. When I was recently on pilgrimage to Rome, I visited his tomb. St. Aloysius is buried in the Basilica of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rome. To the right of his tomb is the tomb of his beloved mentor, St. Robert Bellermine, who desired his final resting place to be close to his former student.

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Unfortunately, The beautiful altar under which St. Aloysius is entombed, is partially obscured by the free-standing altar.

Did you get the picture Rite?

This is the answer to Monday’s post “Do you know?

The park is called Giardino deli Aranci (Orange tree garden with scenic terrace). It is located on Via di Santa Sabina, located next the the beautiful Basilica of Santa Sabina which is run by the Domicans. It was used for a pretty spooky scene in the movie The Rite. The exorcist, Father Lucas Trevant, who is played by Anthony Hopkins was possessed by a demon at this point in the movie. He is in an unbuttoned cassock, with bare feet, standing in the park overlooking Rome. A little girl approaches Fr. Trevant and asks him to bless her doll. The priests right hand is twitching violently. He calmly caresses the child’s face, and. We’ll, you can watch the scent below.

Here is a link to the park in Google Maps, in case you want to visit it on your next trip to Rome. Below the video is a picture of the spectacular view from the park.

Giardino deli Aranci

Do you know?

This park in Rome was in a movie, do you know what movie it was? Do you know where the park is? Do you know that name of the park? Post your answers in the comments and I’ll post a clip of the movie and details on Wednesday.

Do you know what movie this was in?