Article 17 – Sacred Heart Promises cont’d

Family Prayer and Devotion – The Sacred Heart

Eight Promise – “Fervent Souls shall speedily rise to great perfection”

In St Matthew we are told “Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) We know that of ourselves we can do nothing, let alone become perfect, and yet Christ desires this perfection of us so that we can enter into Heaven where nothing imperfect may enter.

Christ saves sinners first by bringing them to repentance and then by leading them in the ways of perfection. Remember Peter’s denial, Thomas’s doubting, St Paul’s persecution of Christ. Yet these men became great Saints.Read the rest

Article 16 – Sacred Heart Promises cont’d..

Family Prayer and Devotion – The Sacred Heart

Peace for Families

In the previous article we covered the first two of the twelve promises normally associated with the Sacred Heart Devotion as given to St Margaret Mary Alacoque. I also recommended this devotion to families, particularly on account of the second promise which promises peace to the families of those who practice this devotion. In our own family we have found that the practice of a particular devotion provides a focus for family prayer. In our home we gather in front of the Sacred Heart picture most mornings for a short prayer where we consecrate our day to His Heart and ask His blessings on all our endeavours.… Read the rest

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 14 – Marriage! The Sacred Heart

Family Prayer and Devotion – The Sacred Heart.

It’s not easy to be Catholic.

It has never been easy to live life as a Catholic and this is still true today, especially in Ireland, where hostility to the Catholic Faith seems to have reached an all time high amongst the Irish and the faith is regularly derided by those who do not believe and is often poorly presented or distorted by those who do believe in order not to cause offence to secularists. In the prayer, Hail Holy Queen, we recall that we are banished, that we live in a vale of tears and that we are in exile.Read the rest