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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the First Epistle of Saint Peter, Chapter 5, Verses 6-11.
Be you humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in the time of visitation: Casting all your care upon Him, for He hath care of you.
Be sober and watch: because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world.
But the God of all Grace, Who hath called us into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will Himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you.
To Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 15, Verses 1-10.
At that time:
The publicans and sinners drew near unto Him to hear Him.
And the Pharisees and the Scribes murmured, saying:
And He spoke to them this parable, saying:This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
So I say to you, there shall be joy before the Angels of God upon one sinner doing penance.What man of you that hath an hundred sheep: and if he shall lose one of them, doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, and go after that which was lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, lay it upon his shoulders, rejoicing: And coming home, call together his friends and neighbours, saying to them: Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost?
I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance.
Or what woman having ten groats; if she lose one groat, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it? And when she hath found it, call together her friends and neighbours, saying: Rejoice with me, because I have found the groat which I had lost.
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.
Today is the Sunday Within the Octave of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is fitting, therefore, to preach about the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Two primary points suggest themselves to us.
First point. Great are the afflictions that overtake one in this life. But so also are the consolations provided by the all merciful God through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Would that everyone would know and understand how to take advantage of this!
Yet the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus complains about Catholics in this way:
What is the cause of this foolishness? Because they do not know how to draw from the Divine Fountain. In today’s age of gross worldliness, paganism, materialism, secular humanism, atheism, agnosticism, and hatred of Almighty God, the majority of the population of the world is ignorant of the existence of God, not to mention their ignorance of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.“For My people have done two evils. They have forsaken Me, the Fountain of Living Water, and have digged to themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremias 2:13).
What is worse, younger generations of Catholics - with some exceptions - are likewise either ignorant of, or disdainful of, Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus because those who are sensual and foolish know not, because the darkness of their pride abjures that which is Spiritual, including this precious Devotion which is given to us from a Merciful God, in witness whereof this Scripture testifies:
Second point. There is no object of Catholic piety more august, none sweeter, none more conducive to salvation, than the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.“Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God; that we may know the things that are given us from God. Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom; but in the Doctrine of the Spirit, comparing Spiritual things with Spiritual. But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is Spiritually examined. But the Spiritual man judgeth all things; and he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that we may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:12-16).
Merely saying “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus” stimulates love for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
What a treasure which Catholics have which so many fail to really appreciate! It is a wonderful Devotion and one which has rich Spiritual rewards as found in its fantastic 12 wonderful Promises, which, to materialistic people, are worthless! Real Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is a real treasure trove, a virtual paradise on earth.
Therefore, within the above context, let us together consider these two salient points:
It is a Devotion analogous to Devotion to the Five Wounds of the Holy Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Just as one venerates the hands, the feet, the pierced side of our Dear Lord, so also, one worships His Divine Heart.1. What is Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
2. Why Should You Practice Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
1. What is Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
In so doing, one worships the real heart that was wounded for us on the Altar of the Cross on Calvary, not but a mere image of it.
This Holy Devotion is none other than a particular way of honoring Jesus Christ Himself, just as Devotion to His Holy Wounds is an august Devotion to the Lord Himself, manifested under a most special aspect.
And why this special way of honoring Christ? Because there are special motives for so doing. His Wounds are honoured as the symbol of His Passion, and as the effect of His Infinite Divine Love for each and everyone of us.
His Divine Heart is worshipped:
These four motives are most truly found in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:1) As the seat, and, therefore, as the symbol, of the Infinite Divine Love He bore us.
2) As the source and fountain of all of His Divine favors, particularly of His Passion, and the institution of the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.
3) As the Infinite Sanctuary of all Graces and Virtues.
4) As the standard and exemplar of Sanctity, to which our hearts should conform.
Although from the beginning the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was an object of worship to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to the beloved Apostle, Saint John, to Saint John Chrysostom, as well as many others, it pleased our Dear Lord to make this devotion known in a most special manner, through a Private Revelation in 1670 A.D. to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, to whom He showed His Divine Heart burning with the flames of the Fire of Divine Love and wounded with a lance, whilst He said:1) As the head is the source and symbol of intelligence, by the same token, the heart is befittingly regarded as the source and symbol of love and all affection. In this way, you sometimes hear how a certain man has “the heart of a Father”, and/or, what is not so common in this day and age, “the heart of a friend”.
2) As from “the heart of a Father”, all good things flow to his family, so also from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus all Graces come to all of us who choose to seek them. Just as our celestial sun is the source of light and heat in this world all of us share together with each other, so also the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the fount and origin of all the Divine Love and bounty that are diffused in the world of Souls.
3) As the heart of a just man is the Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, which goest to explain why the Holy Martyr, Leonides, kissed the breast of his sleeping Son, Origen, so too, but in an Infinite way, the Divine Sanctuary of God is the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the mystical glory and treasure ofA) “For in Him [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporeally.” (Colossians 2:9).
B) “In Whom are hid all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3).The images and figures of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus are:“that which lieth hid within.” (Canticle of Canticles 4:3).4) The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is our exemplar. Consider, for a moment, how your heart, in which is contained all of the affections of your Soul, should be regulated and made to conform to some type.1) The Ark of the Covenant.
2) The precious gem spoken of in the Gospel.
3) The treasure hidden in the field.
4) The garden and paradise into which the spouse of the Canticles is invited:“I am come into my garden, O my sister, my spouse.” (Canticle of Canticles 5:1).
But where do you find such a type which can really and truly satisfy such craving? It is to be found in the one and only Divine Heart - the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Appearing to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
What of the Origin of this Devotion?
Thereafter, especially beginning in 1763 A.D., the Holy Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was approved by the Church and propagated in a wonderful manner.“Behold My Heart, which has so loved men”.
How should you Practice the Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
You can do so by venerating, invoking, praying to, and meditating on, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in addition to making the First Fridays of nine consecutive months IF you have access to a Real Roman Catholic Traditional Mass.
Approach the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as an open Sanctuary, and as the Infinite Fountain of inexhaustible Graces! So also, strive to console the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the gross indifference and despicable ingratitude of mankind among so many of whom today, it is so sad to say, Catholics - Catholics whose Religious education and training should have taught them this wonderful Devotion but which, due to the rampage of the Heresy of Modernism, which is
it has been conveniently ignored with the excuse too often heard today about it being “old fashioned” and/or “not in with the times”!“...the errors of the Modernists that is, the synthesis of all heresies” (Roman Catholic Pope, Saint Pius X, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto [Tuesday, August 4, 1903 - Thursday, August 20, 1914], Motu Proprio - On His Own Initiative - PRÆSTANTIA SCRIPTURÆ SACRÆ, Monday, November 18, 1907, ¶ 5),
Let all Catholics now make a real effort to try, by the Grace of God, to repair the injuries, outrages, and sacrileges committed against the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I remember seeing a photograph which was taken of a Satanic firing squad of some of the human instruments of the Devil who were shooting at a most innocent target: a Statue of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Such was their insane hatred for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
Sad to say, although Catholics today do not resort to taking part in similar firing squads, yet too often too many Catholics, by their rampant indifference, or what has become even worse as the result of the infiltration of the Church by atheistic Communists, a blatant disregard for Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as witnessed by smaller and smaller numbers of Catholics who make a sincere effort to make their First Fridays, for those Roman Catholics who have access to a Real Roman Catholic Traditional Mass in a Real Roman Catholic Church or Chapel with a Real, Valild, Roman Catholic Priest or Prelate.
Statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
How does the Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Differ from that to the Most Blessed Sacrament?
For example, you can adore the Sacrament Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament which is present in the Tabernacle on the Main Altar, a.k.a. High Altar, in your Catholic Church, without any specific reference to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
However, because our Dear Lord manifests His Divine Love in a special way in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, and at the same time commends Devotion to His Most Sacred Heart, it is natural, in view of this intimate connection, that, while you adore the Jesus Christ Who is present in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, your eyes of Faith and Devotion should, at the same time, turn to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
How does Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Differ from Devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ?
2. Why Should You Practice
Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus?
Because we are urged by motives of gratitude and reparation which helps us to return a most special thankful gratitude for His many and great favors. And seeing that most of mankind are not only unmindful of what the Divine Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has done for them, but which offer insult instead of thanks, it is meet that real and True Catholics - Catholics in deed as well as in word - should do what they can do to make atonement and reparation for such ingratitude and indifference in the present virtual moral plague of degenerative erysipelasly atheistic, modernistic, vituperative behavior.
Because we are urged by the invitation of the Lord Himself, Who, in manifesting the Holy Mystery of His Most Heart, sweetly and earnestly seeks the love of faithful souls.
You are prompted thereunto by personal advantages, in the precious fruits you can thereby gather. For Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is:
1. Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Fount of Consolation to your heart in every sorrow, whether external or internal, that may afflict it. Sorrow may be deep and great, but deeper and greater are the resources of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and, what is more, they are never exhausted because they are Infinite!1) The Fount of Consolation.
2) The Fount of Grace.
3) The Fount of Sanctity.
4) The Fount of Light.
5) The Fount of Purity.
6) The Fount of Strength.
2 & 3. Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is also the Fount of Grace and the Fount of Sanctity. Why? Because this Holy Devotion makes your heart like the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. All sanctity is to be found in the heart where is found Grace and Virtue, and those affections of which the human heart is the seat.
Wherefore, if you thus mold your heart, you therefore, mold your life. And in one way only can you mold your heart, namely, by making it like the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. So, how can you do this? By drawing near to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and coming within its Divine influence.
So this is the same way it works when you approach the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Remember how the face of Moses shone so brightly that he had to cover his face. And why was it so bright? Because Moses had talked with God:1) Cold iron which is put in a furnace soon becomes hot.
2) A mirror exposed to the sun reflects its rays.
God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the Apostle, teaches you how this works:“And the Lord spoke to Moses face to faceas a man is wont to speak to his friend. And when he returned into the camp, his servant Josue, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not from the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11).[i.e. in a most familiar manner. N.B.: It can not be taken literally, but figuratively, because in Exodus 33:20 you find that God did not reveal His Holy Face to Moses because God told Moses: “Thou canst not see My Face: for man shall not see Me, and live”.],
“And when Moses came down from the Mount Sinai, he held the two tables of the testimony [i.e. the Ten Commandments], and he knew not that his face was hornedfrom the conversation of the Lord. And Aaron and the children of Israel seeing the face of Moses horned[i.e. sending out very intensely bright rays of light somewhat similar to horns. Statues and pictures that depict Moses with two physical horns are inaccurate.]were afraid to come near..... And all the children of Israel came to him: and he gave them in commandment all that he had heard of the Lord on Mount Sinai. And having done speaking, he [Moses] put a veil upon his face. But when he went in to the Lord, and spoke with Him, he took it away until he came forth, and then he spoke to the children of Israel all things that had been commanded him. And they saw that the face of Moses when he came out was horned, but he covered his face again, if at any time he spoke to them.” (Exodus 34:29-30; 34:32-35).[i.e. having very intense bright rays of light in the shape of two horns],
Each of us is transformed into Christ; we become meek, humble and patient, just as Christ Himself is meek, humble, and patient. You become animated by the Spirit of Christ, so that you can truly say with the Apostle:“But we all beholding the glory of the Lord with open face, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
4. Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Fount of Light. It illumines the eyes of the Soul, so that it can discern the world of spirit, the world of Grace, the world of the Spiritual Life, a.k.a. the Interior Life. It illumines by showing the form and exemplar of every virtue the exemplar expressed in symbol.“And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20) which is the height of the real Spiritual Life!
What do the lance, the thorns, and the cross signify? Do they not stand for sorrows, internal or external, and ignominies? But why these in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus? By what torturer were these inflicted? Was it not by me and by my sins? And for this cruelty and ingratitude, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus flashes back, not in vengeance, but as flames of the Fire of Divine Love.
5. Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Fount of Purity by cleansing us from our sins, even those which seem to be minor, and by making us detest and avoid every sin.
6. Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Fount of Strength. We are strengthened by copious Graces, which flow from the Divine Heart as their source. This is particularly true of Charity, of which it is said:
Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has rich promises attached to it:“Love is strong as death.” (Canticle of Canticles 8:6).
“Where there is love there is no labor because the labor itself becomes an object of love.” (Saint Augustine, De Bono Viduitatis - On the Good of Widowhood, Chapter 26).
Here a word of explanation can be given as to the Blessings that come to the various classes of persons: to fathers of families, to the young, to those who labor, to the just, and to sinners.I will Bless every house in which a picture of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
Besides these promises which are for all, there are others that are special to Priests, and those who have the care of Souls, as may be read in the famous 12 Promises the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus made to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.
12. I promise thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful Love will grant to all who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays of nine consecutive months, the Grace of final repentance. They will not die under My displeasure or without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in their last moment.
The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
to those who have
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Especially the Great Promise
To Those who Make the Nine First Fridays
1. I will given them all of the Graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their families.
3. I will Bless every place in which
a picture of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
4. I will console them in all of their difficulties.
5. I will be their refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
6. I will shed abundant Blessings upon all of their undertakings.
7. Sinners shall find in My Heart a fountain and boundless ocean of mercy.
8. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
9. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
10. I will give to Priests the power of touching the hardest hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion
shall have their names written in My Heart never to be blotted out.
The GREAT PROMISE
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to prayerfully thank the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for giving us the wonderful and Holy Devotion to His Most Sacred Heart:
Let all of us earnestly resolve, with the help of the Grace of God, to sincerely practice the Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in practical ways.Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give Thee thanks for Thy great goodness in making known to us the Divine Love and treasures of Thy Most Sacred Heart. May it be to us all a sun in the midst of Heaven, hidden by no cloud, but radiating, illumining and vivifying. May it fill all hearts with its light and love, thus converting this vale of tears into a virtual Paradise!
One way is to have a picture and/or a statue of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in your home, vehicle, and even where you work.
IF you are fortunate to know a valid Real Roman Catholic Priest or Prelate, ask him to perform the Enthronement of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. IF your are unable to find a valid Real Roman Catholic Priest or Prelate, then do a "Spiritual Enthronement" by reading the prayers of the Enthronement and desiring to have the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Enthroned in your home, no matter how small or huge your home may be.
Make copies of all of the 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to help you remember them.
IF possible, make your 9 First Fridays. For the many millions of Real Roman Catholics around the world who are Faithful to the authentic Apostolic Tradition, and who are mostly in the Modern-Day Catacombs, IF you are not physically able to receive Holy Communion during a Real Roman Catholic Traditional Valid Mass Offered by a Real Valid Roman Catholic Traditional Bishop or Priest, at least make a Spiritual Communion with the intention of making your 9 First Fridays.
Do what you can do to actively spread Devotion to the
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.