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 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