Article 15 – Sacred Heart Promises

Family Prayer and Devotion – The Sacred Heart

Ancient Devotion

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is best known to us today as it was revealed to St Margaret Mary Alacoque in the Convent of the Visitation Sisters at Paray-le-Monial in France, from 1671 until her death in 1690. As we have seen in previous articles, this was not a new devotion as it had been practised by St Gertrude and St Mechtilde in the late thirteenth century. I have also recently obtained a book called ‘Ancient Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus’ which is a collection of prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus composed by individual Carthusian Monks the earliest of which was composed by Ludolph of Strasbourg who died in 1378.Read the rest

Article 13 – Marriage! Sacred Heart

Marriage a gift from God – Family Prayer and Devotion.

The Essential Nature of Marriage.

Through Sacred Scripture we discovered the essential nature of marriage. Children are the primary end of marriage therefore; marriage must always remain open to life; marriage can only be between one man and one woman; marriage is for life; marriage is indissoluble; those who wish to marry must be free to marry and the consent given to marry must be given freely. We discovered Christ’s teaching on marriage through the Gospels and we looked at some of the advice given by Saints Peter and Paul on how best to live the married state.Read the rest