Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus

The human heart of Jesus is the heart of God.

For centuries, devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has allowed faithful Catholics to focus on his passion and death. The Sacred Heart represents his infinite love and mercy for all men.

In 1675, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had a vision of Jesus’ heart and began to spread the devotion. All of humanity was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Pope Leo XIII in 1899.

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated by the Church nineteen days after Pentecost, always falling on a Friday. 

The entire month of June and the first Friday of each month are also dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus consists of love and reparation:

Jesus knew and loved us each and all during his life, his agony and his Passion, and gave Himself up for each one of us: “The Son of God. . . loved me and gave himself for me.” He has loved us all with a human heart. For this reason, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation, “is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that. . . love with which the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings” without exception.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 478

With a human heart, God loves all men:

His heart is literally on fire with love for you:

So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.

John 19: 32-34

“Make my heart like unto thine.”:

The bond between Jesus’ humanity and his divinity:

More than a metaphor for the love of Jesus:

The Saviour’s Heart invites us to return to the Father’s love, which is the source of every authentic love: “In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins”. Jesus ceaselessly receives from the Father, rich in mercy and compassion, the love which He lavishes upon human beings. His Heart particularly reveals the generosity of God towards sinners. God’s reaction to sin is not to lessen his love, but to expand it into a flow of mercy which becomes the initiative of the Redemption.

Pope John Paul II, Letter on the 100th Anniversary of the Consecreation of the Human Race to the Divine Heart of Jesus, 11 June 1999

The Cross, fire, thorns and wound of the Sacred Heart:

An indication of who Jesus truly is:

The month of June is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

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