In the Catholic Tradition, June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Just before this month, I thought I should share with you the importance of our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. These days, when we are challenged with Covid-19, we could take refuge in the love and mercy of Jesus.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque had the privilege of many apparitions of Jesus manifesting His love for the humankind through the symbol of His Heart. She shares, “Our Lord Jesus Christ desires that we should, for sanctifying ourselves, glorify His all-loving heart; for it was His Heart that suffered the most in His Sacred Humanity”.
Pope Francis invites in the following words the Catholics to offer ourselves to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ: “The Heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God’s mercy; But it is not an imaginary symbol, but is a real symbol, which represents the center, the source from which salvation for all humanity gushed forth”.
It is a good practice to consecrate either individually or as a family every day at any convenient time the following Act of Consecration.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.
I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee. O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee.
I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants.
Amen. — St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
God bless you
Fr. Arul Joseph V.