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  • June 1st

    The Claims of the Sacred Heart of Jesus


    The Sacred Heart of Jesus calls for our devotion more than all other symbols of His Love. It is not only the symbol of His love, it is the very source of that love. It is itself an unfathomable ocean of love which can never be exhausted. When the spear had drawn forth from it the mingled blood and water, there still remained the love with which it loved us, and will love us to the end. From the first moment of the Incarnation to all eternity it has loved us and will love us with an unceasing love.

    The Sacred Heart of Jesus, though a true human heart, is nevertheless, at the same time, the Heart of God. As such it calls for that supreme homage that is due to God alone. This is true of every part of our Lord's Body, and of His Heart, if it were possible, even more than of the rest, inasmuch as it is the organ of that love which is the central attribute of God. To the Sacred Heart of Jesus I will cry: "My God and my Lord! Behold how He loved me!"

    It has been sometimes said that our Lord died of a broken heart, and in one sense it is true. Such a love as His burst through all the bonds of flesh. It was the yearning love of His Heart over sinners, and the anguish at the thought of how many would reject that love, which caused Him to shed His Heart's Blood for those whom He thus loved. St. Francis used to say: "My Love was crucified!" and in imitation of him we will say: "My Love had His Heart pierced with love of me."


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  • June 2nd

    The Love of the Sacred Heart for Man


    The world has never witnessed such love as the love of the Sacred Heart for fallen man. The tenderest, fondest earthly love fades away and becomes as nothing in comparison with the love of Jesus. It combines in itself the love of the most devoted friend, of the most affectionate brother, of the lover for his beloved, of the mother for her darling son. Every form of love is united in the yearning love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    There never was a love so patient, so much-enduring, as the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It waits uncomplainingly until we choose to return our feeble love for all its love to us. It puts up with neglect, coldness, nay, even outrage and insult. Any earthly friend or lover, nay, even the fond mother, would long ago have been repelled by such treatment as He receives from ungrateful man. But not so Jesus. "Can a woman forget her infant," He asks, "so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? Even if she should forget, yet will I not forget thee."

    The love of Jesus is a love which shows itself in deeds. He delights to pour out the treasures of His mercy on men, even on the ungrateful and on His enemies, and how much more on those who return Him love for love? For them there is no end to His gifts of love. Every day, every hour, some fresh favor and benefit, and all these only preliminary to the eternal reward He has prepared for them in Heaven. How generous He has been to me, and what have I been in return?



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  • June 3rd

    The Characteristics of the Love
    of the Sacred Heart



    How does the love of the Sacred Heart differ from the love God bears us? Does it add anything to the Divine Love entertained for us by our Father in Heaven? Yes, it has certain characteristics impossible to the uncreated nature of the Infinite God.

    It is a human love. It is the Heart of One who is really and truly man. Hence the love of His Heart is that of a heart that beats with pulsations like ours. It has all that belongs to human love raised to an almost impossible intensity by reason of the Divinity to which it is joined. What confidence ought we to have in Christ, our Brother, whose love for us is human as well as Divine!

    It is a sensible love. Just as we see through our eyes, and hear through our ears, so we love through our hearts. The heart is the organ of love. It feels affection and is physically influenced by it. It has strong emotions, and now rejoices, now sorrows. He is touched with the feelings of our poor infirmities. Human joy and sorrow thrilled through His Sacred Heart while He was on earth. His Heart still rejoices over His children, and still mystically sorrows for their sins.

    It is a love of sympathy. The Sacred Heart has itself experienced all that we suffer. Each misery has its echo there. Jesus not only understands all our troubles, but each has been felt by Him in His own person. What a relief to have One who always has for us unlimited sympathy!

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  • June 4th

    The Sacred Heart formed in Mary's Womb


    Time was when there was no Heart of Jesus burning with love for men. God loved men, pitied them, perfectly understood human treachery and human misery, but not from personal experience of it. Before Jesus came, mankind were hurrying down to Hell. Reflect on the hopeless condition of the heathen world, and thank God from your heart that you did not live then. Would you not have been among the worst?

    But God had long looked down with pity on the earth's darkness. The Word was made Flesh, and in taking to Himself flesh He necessarily took a human heart, glowing with love for every child of Adam, sorrowing with their sorrows, moved by their distress, rejoicing in their happiness, craving for their love, wounded by their unkindness. It was from the first moment of the Incarnation, when Mary conceived of the Holy Ghost, that the Sacred Heart of Jesus first began to throb with unspeakable love for fallen man.

    In that first instant of its existence the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in virtue of the Divine personality to which it was inseparably united, embraced in its Divine compassion all the sorrows of men as long as the world should last. My troubles and sorrows were not overlooked. From that time until the end, the Sacred Heart has been sympathizing, and will continue to sympathize, with all that gives me joy or sorrow. O wondrous love of God made man!




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  • June 5th

    The First Adorers of the Sacred Heart


    When the Angel's message came to Mary, and she had accepted the Divine decree, she became conscious of the presence in her womb of the Incarnate God, in whose Sacred Heart was centred His love for fallen man. What was her prevailing sentiment in contemplating this mystery of Divine compassion? We know it from her own words. She desired that her heart should humbly cooperate with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that she, in the lowly capacity of His handmaid, should be allowed to take her share in the work He had come to do.

    There was another present who joined with Mary in her submission, in her gladness, in the union of her will with God's. Gabriel, before he departed from her, humbly adored his Incarnate God, doing reverence to that Sacred Heart of Jesus, and rejoicing in the Divine decree that was to be the means of filling up the places in Heaven of those who had fallen from their high estate.

    A few days passed, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus received from another the testimony of his. recognition and his joy. St. John Baptist manifested his love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The unborn infant in Elizabeth's womb leaped with delight within his mother's womb, and received from the Sacred Heart the gift of being freed from the stain of sin and clad in the robe of justice. To me, too, the Sacred Heart offers the same happiness, if only I choose to avail

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  • June 6th

    The Earliest Pulsations of the Sacred Heart


    What was the first thought that flashed through the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Naught else than an act of complete and absolute submission to the holy will of God: "Lo, I come to do Thy will, O my God," and a joy in the prospect of living for no other end than this: "I am content to do it, yea. Thy law is within my heart." Here is the foundation of all holiness--perfect conformity to the Divine will. Yet how rare it is! How sadly wanting in my sinful heart!

    What was the second thought following close on this, and, in a manner, one with it? It was an acceptance of the special work God had sent Him to do. God sent His Son into the world that the world through Him might be saved. He received with Joy the task of the world's redemption, though He knew full well all it would cost Him. I shall never tread in the footsteps of Jesus until I learn by the sacrifice of myself to imitate His Sacred Heart.

    The will of God thus recognized, the Sacred Heart conceived at once an intense love for each and all of those whom He had come to redeem. They were entrusted to Him by His Eternal Father, they were His brethren, flesh of His flesh, and bone of His bone, and His Heart went out towards them with the yearning of an intense affection. He yearned for the happiness and salvation of each with a Divine longing. He yearned then and yearns now for my happiness. Courage, then, faint heart, and think of the love of the Heart of Jesus for thee!

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  • June 11th

    The Dignity of the Sacred Heart


    The Sacred Heart of Jesus, though a true human heart, is yet not the heart of any human person. His human nature subsists in His Divine personality. Hence His Sacred Heart has the dignity which belongs, in virtue of His Divine nature, to the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. It is, so to speak, absorbed in the glory of the Divinity, though without losing its character of a true human heart; just as a piece of iron does not cease to be iron because it glows with the heat of the fire into which it is plunged. Rejoice in the glory of the Sacred Heart, and adore the Divinity which dwells there.

    The Sacred Heart is also bound up in the closest union with the Divine nature of Jesus Christ. It is endowed with Divine qualities which flow into it from the God-head. It has authority without limit over the hearts of men. They are all its subjects, whom it has the right to command. It loves men as God only can love them. It loves God as only those can love Him who see Him face to face.

    In the Sacred Heart of Jesus are centred all the supernatural powers which the nature of man is capable of possessing. What is there that it cannot effect? It has in itself the power of working miracles. It shares the Divine prerogative of unbounded mercy. As from the sun flow light and heat, so from the Heart of Jesus flow all possible supernatural graces. What then may not I expect from its Divine generosity?


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    June 14th

    The Chief Desires of the Sacred Heart


    While our Lord was upon earth. He several times expressed to His Apostles what He had most at heart, and what was the work He had chiefly come to perform. He told them that He had come to send fire on the earth, and asked them what else they could expect Him to desire except that that fire should speedily be enkindled. (St. Luke xii. 49.) Yes, Jesus came to kindle on earth the fire of Divine Love. Does this fire burn brightly in my heart, and do I fulfil His longing that it should be kindled more and more in me?

    This fire was not merely the fire of love to God, it was also the fire of mutual charity amongst men. When Christ came, hatred, jealousy, selfishness, strife were the order of the day. He came to spread charity, self-sacrifice, peace, mutual good-will. Yet how faintly this flame burns in my cold heart! How much of selfishness and ill-feeling and petty jealousy still remains there!

    This fire of love to God and man gives birth to another fire, which also consumes the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and burns in the hearts of all who love Him; the fire of zeal tor souls and a desire to labor and suffer for them. How this fire burned in the hearts of the saints--of St. Paul, St. Francis Xavier, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Alphonsus Liguori! How eager they were to bring others to God! how unselfish in their exertions in their behalf! I must pray for more of that true zeal that animated the saints of God.

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  • June 15th

    The Excellence of the Sacred Heart


    The Sacred Heart of Jesus was the instrument of a human soul, which contained in it all the perfections, natural and supernatural, of which the human soul is capable. It was the ideal of which the soul, even of the greatest of the saints, was but an utterly inadequate realization. Its sweetness, its gentleness, its power to attract, its Divine beauty were unbounded and almost infinite. Let us contemplate that Sacred Heart, radiant with glory and splendor, and adore it with grateful love.

    The Sacred Heart received all these perfections in order to dispense them to others. It overflows with graces; they proceed from it in copious streams to all who are willing to receive them. What beauty they impart to the soul that drinks in the stream of grace from that Heart! Every perfection of the Heart of Jesus is communicated to it in some degree, and renders it so beautiful that it is an object of admiration to God Himself.

    Through the heart of man continually flows the blood that circulates throughout his body. Hence the Precious Blood of Jesus flowed continually through His Sacred Heart. We cannot wonder, then, that in that Blood unbounded virtue is contained. It derives its efficacy from the Heart of Jesus. One drop is enough to cleanse the greatest sin, nay, the sins of the whole world. In that Heart there is the same virtue, and I, a sinner, can take refuge there, knowing that I shall be healed.

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  • June 16th

    The Sacred Heart Among Sinners


    One of the things at which the Pharisees took scandal during Our Lord's Sacred Ministry was His association with publicans and sinners. They taunted Him with His friendship for sinners. They asked His disciples why He ate and drank with them, talked to them words of gentleness and sympathy, seemed attracted by their company. Yes, it was all true. He was, above all, the Friend of sinners. He came to search them out and bring them back to the fold. He had a tender love for the miserable outcast, because she was an outcast, and the compassion of His Sacred Heart went out towards her and longed to bring her back to purity and peace. Am I at all like to Jesus in His pity and love for sinners?

    Once upon a time an unhappy woman was brought to Him who had been taken in adultery. She was a great sinner and deserved to die. But how did Jesus treat her? By silence He rebuked her accusers, and then turned with Divine Compassion to the poor adulteress and spoke to her words of peace. Where should I have been? On the side of the accusers or on the side of Jesus?

    Jesus is just the same now, the Friend of sinners, and therefore my friend. He is the Friend of sinners, and therefore woe to me if I am hard on sinners as the Pharisees were. He is the Friend of sinners; I can therefore win His love by showing great kindness and tenderness and love to these. His friends. How many there are whom I might help to love Him, and so take part in the work of Divine charity that He wrought among sinners!


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  • June 17th

    The Sacred Heart Among Little Children


    All good men love little children. There is something in them that recalls the presence of God, a freshness and innocence which is the mark of His creative hand before sin has marred and almost obliterated it. Our Lord more than once showed the love of His Sacred Heart for children. When a crowd of women came with their little ones begging Him to bless them and the disciples tried to push them aside, Jesus interposed: "Suffer the little children to come to Me." And then He called them one by one and blessed each one, and laid upon each His Sacred Hands. What graces must have flowed into the hearts of those favored children! We should pray for all the little ones whom we love, that our Lord may in like manner bless them.

    On another occasion when the children shouted to Him in childish glee: "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!" the Pharisees begged Him to silence them. But Jesus rebuked the objection almost sternly; "Have you never read. Out of the mouths of infants and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise?" Perfected praise! As if there was something in their innocent voices sweeter to Him than in any others of the mingled crowd.

    But Jesus bestowed still higher praise on the sweet simplicity of children. He told His disciples that if they wish to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, they must become like little children, docile, obedient, cheerful, submissive, affectionate! Am I such?

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  • June 18th

    The Cravings of the Sacred Heart


    What is it that we desire, one and all, with a strong desire? It is to be loved. The Heart of Jesus does not differ in this respect from the hearts of ordinary men. He, too, longs for love. While on earth, the bitterest pang of His Sacred Heart was that He came to His own and they refused Him their love. He still desires our love. He still cries out to each of us from His Cross: I thirst--I thirst for your love. Alas! how faintly I have loved in return.

    What sort of a love does He ask for? What are its marks if it is to satisfy Him? (1) It must be a love of obedience. "It you love Me, keep My commandments." It must obey each whispered inspiration, it must have no will save His. (2) It must be a generous love, a love that rejoices in making some sacrifice for Him, a love which counts it a joy to follow in His footsteps and to suffer for Him. (3) It must be a love of compassion. It must grieve at all that grieves Him. It must lament over the sins of others. It must seek to make reparation in some way or other for all the coldness and ingratitude of men.

    How am I to know whether my love is one that at all satisfies the desire of the Sacred Heart? There is one certain test; when self contests my obedience with Jesus, whom do I obey? When self-love resents some injury, do I indulge it? When self craves some pleasure which Jesus asks me to forego, do I listen to self or to the gentle voice of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

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  • June 19th

    The Gratitude of the Sacred Heart


    There was never anyone so grateful for every little act of kindness as Jesus Christ while He was on earth. The woman of Samaria gave Him a drink of water, and in return He gave her the grace of eternal life. Zacheus left his business to see Him, and in return salvation came to all his house. St. Mary Magdalen poured upon His head a little box of ointment, and her gift obtained for her a name as long as the world shall last and an everlasting reward in Heaven. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the same now; still grateful for the smallest sacrifice, for each thought of affectionate remembrance.

    To those who love Jesus He imparts a sweetness and joy which makes all the joys of earth seem paltry and contemptible. If He sends trials to those who love Him, it is only that He may have an excuse for giving them a greater reward hereafter, and even with the trials He mixes so much peace and lightness of heart that the saints pray for more trials and more sufferings.

    But what is the gratitude of the Sacred Heart in Heaven? Words cannot express it, our hearts cannot imagine it. We shall enter into the joy of our Lord, that is, He will share with us His Own unspeakable happiness. Nay, He Himself will come forth and serve His elect, to prove His exceeding gratitude to every faithful servant. O Jesus, may I be one of those thus honored! May I earn Thy Divine gratitude by my love and my obedience!

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    June 20th

    The Disappointments of the Sacred Heart


    We often see a morning that opens bright and fair clouded over before midday, and the afternoon dark and gloomy, ending in storm and desolation. So too there is many a life which opens with the happiest promise; a natural attraction to piety, great graces, good influences, an amicable character give hopes that he to whom these privileges are given will turn out an eminent servant of God, and love with an ever-increasing devotion the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    Yet how often the brilliant promise comes to nothing, or next to nothing. The soul which might have risen to a high degree of sanctity, enjoying continual peace and joy, is still battling with passion, anger, sloth, impatience, self-indulgence, vanity, distastes for the things of God, jealousy and ill-feeling, uncharitableness in thought and word. How is it that so little progress has been made? How is it that the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been disappointed in His desire for a complete possession of the heart that He loved?

    Alas! it is the old story--unfaithfulness to grace in little things. Jesus spoke plainly enough, asking for some little sacrifice, and was refused. He asked again, and another refusal. Gradually His requests became less frequent, and His voice scarce sounded in the ears that had neglected to listen. At length He ceased to ask, or the unfaithful soul ceased to hear His voice. What a sad disappointment for Him. What an irreparable loss for the soul that was thus ungrateful to the invitations of her Divine Spouse. Is not this my case?

     

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