Friday, October 17, 2008

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart

Don Marco mentions the importance of enthroning the Sacred Heart of Jesus as King of our families.

The value of images of the Sacred Heart derives from this: that the pierced Heart of Jesus sets before our eyes the whole mystery of the merciful love of God, softens our resistances to that love, and invites us to grown in confident surrender to it. One understands just why Our Lord said to Saint Margaret Mary: "I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated."

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me" (Ap 3:20). The enthronement of an image of the Sacred Heart in one's home is a way of opening family life to the merciful love of Christ. Those who introduce an image of the Sacred Heart into their homes express their desire to say with the Apostle John, "So do we know and believe the love God has for us" (1 Jn 4:16). God who inspires that desire will also fulfill it.



Forward Boldly said...

I consider my family extremely blessed to have been able to consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart in Paray-le-Monial. By pure chance (Providence, really), the chaplain of our retreat home specialized in such consecrations, and the act took place in a chapel directly across the street from the church where St. Margaret Mary had her visions.

Anonymous said...

lovely post!

As a child my first awareness of the Sacred Heart was a framed image on my grandmother's dressing table. Oddly, I recall no specific religious talk from her, but she went to daily mass and had both the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate heart displayed and used a tattered holy card of a saint I cannot recall as a bookmark in whatever novel she was reading.

Sometimes our non-verbal communications make a great impression.