The 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 very core of Christianity is expressed in the heart of Jesus; in Christ the revolutionary “newness” of the Gospel is completely revealed and given to us: the Love that saves us and even now makes us live in the eternity of God.  As the Evangelist John writes: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”. God’s heart calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, to forsake our human certainties, to trust in Him and, by following his example, to make ourselves a gift of unbounded love.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, 19 June 2009

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:

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

Worshipping the Creator of all beauty:

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