A Prayer so needed in these times….

SacredHeart

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus,
Redeemer of the human race,
look down upon us,
humbly prostrate before Thine altar.

We are Thine and Thine we wish to be;
but to be more surely united with Thee,
behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today
to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many, indeed, have never known Thee;
many, too, despising Thy precepts,
have rejected Thee.

Have mercy on them all,
most merciful Jesus,
and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.

Be Thou King, O Lord,
not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee,
but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee,
grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house,
lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions,
or whom discord keeps aloof
and call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith,
so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam,
and refuse not Thou to bring them into the light of Thy kingdom.
Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race,
which was for so long a time Thy chosen people;
and let Thy Blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance,
now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.

Grant, O Lord,
to Thy Church,
assurance of freedom and immunity from harm;
give peace and order to all nations,
and make the earth resound
from pole to pole with one cry:
Praise to the Divine Heart
that wrought our salvation:
to it be glory
and honour forever.

Amen

By Pope Pius XI

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Do thou at least console Me…..

The Sacred Heart was represented to me as a resplendent sun, the burning rays of which fell vertically upon my heart, which was inflamed with a fire so fervent that it seemed as if it would reduce me to ashes.

It was at these times especially that my Divine Master taught me what He required of me and disclosed to me the secrets of His loving Heart.  On one occasion, while the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, feeling wholly withdrawn within myself by an extraordinary recollection of all my senses and powers, Jesus Christ, my sweet Master, presented Himself to me, all resplendent with glory, His Five Wounds shining like so many suns.  Flames issued from every part of His Sacred Humanity, especially from His Adorable Bosom, which resembled an open furnace and disclosed to me His most loving and most amiable Heart, which was the living source of these flames.

It was then that He made known to me the ineffable marvels of His Pure Love, and showed me to what an excess He had loved men, from whom He received only ingratitude and contempt.

I feel this more, He said, than all I suffered during My Passion.  If only they would make Me some return for My Love, I should think but little of all I have done for them and would wish, were it possible, to suffer still more.  But the sole return they make for all My eagerness to do them good is to reject Me and treat Me with coldness.  Do thou at least console Me by supplying for their ingratitude as far as thou art able.

From:  The Autobiography of Saint Margaret Mary, Tan Publishers, p.70

(Something to ponder….Jesus spoke these words to St. Margaret Mary in the 17th century.  One wonders what He would say in our time…..)

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Please celebrate World Day for Priests today by joining in the “blanket” of rosaries offered for our priests. The link below gives more information, but all you really have to do is offer a rosary for the intentions of World Day for Priests.
http://worldpriestday.publishpath.com/

So little loved….

“HERE IS THE HEART THAT HAS SO LOVED MEN AS TO SPARE NOTHING FOR THEM, EXHAUSTING AND CONSUMING ITSELF IN ORDER TO PROVE ITS LOVE FOR THEM; AND IN RETURN I RECEIVE, FROM MOST OF THEM, ONLY INGRATITUDE.”  (Words of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)

By Jose María Ibarrarán y Ponce, 1896

The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart
•I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
•I will establish peace in their families.
•I will console them in all their troubles.
•They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
•I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
•Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
•Tepid souls shall become fervent.
•Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
•I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
•I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
•Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
•The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.