Friday, June 8, 2018

His Word Today: the Sacred Heart

Good morning everyone,

Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This devotion focuses on the constant outpouring of love and compassion from the heart of Jesus upon all his beloved children.  This devotion was introduced by a French nun by the name of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque who received a series of apparitions of Jesus between 1673 and 1675.

It is also the World Day of Prayer for Priests.  Saint John Paul II introduced this Day of Prayer in 2002.  All Catholics are invited to pray today for the sanctification of priests: to remember them in prayer and thanksgiving, and to ask God for the grace that they may continually rediscover the gift of their own ordination and experience the joy of the mission entrusted to them.

It is fitting that the prophet Hosea speaks of God's love for his people with the words: When Israel was a child I loved him ... I took him in my arms ... and loved him (Hos 11:3-4).  Today, we should pray for the grace to be aware of this grace in our lives.

Have a great day.

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