DEVOTION TO THE
SACRED HEART OF JESUS
is an excerpt from www.fisheaters.com/sh.html.)
General devotion to the
Sacred Heart, the birthplace of the Church and the font of Love, were
popular in Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries, especially in response
to the devotion of St. Gertrude the Great (b. 1256), but specific
devotions became even more popularized when St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
(1647-1690), a Visitation nun, had a personal revelation involving a
series of visions of Christ as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament.
She wrote, "He
disclosed to me the marvels of his Love and the inexplicable secrets of
his Sacred Heart." Christ emphasized to her His love
-- and His woundedness caused by Man's indifference to this love.
He promised that, in response to those who consecrate themselves and make
reparations to His Sacred Heart:
will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
will establish peace in their homes.
will comfort them in all their afflictions.
will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
will find in His Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
souls shall become fervent.
souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
will bless every place in which an image of His Heart is exposed and
will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in His
the excessive mercy of His Heart, His all-powerful love will grant to
all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine
consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die
in His disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. His divine
Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.