Thursday, June 2, 2011

First Friday's Coming Up Fast

Yesterday we noted that June is particularly dedicated to the Sacred Heart.  In a series of visions, Christ promised to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that those who consecrate themselves and perform acts of reparation to His Sacred Heart will receive certain benefits.  These benefits are considerable.  In fact, their value is infinite.  These are the benefits Christ promised to St. Margaret Mary to those who perform acts of reparation and consecration:
  • He will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  • He will establish peace in their homes.
  • He will comfort them in all their afflictions.
  • He will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
  • He will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
  • Sinners will find in His Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  • Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
  • Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  • He will bless every place in which an image of His Heart is exposed and honored.
  • He will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  • Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in His Heart.
  • In the excessive mercy of His Heart that 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.
Tomorrow is the first Friday of June, which means, if you are interested in performing the acts of reparation to His Sacred Heart which Christ requests, tomorrow is a good time to get started by attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion.  In addition, according to, it is necessary to go to Confession on these nine consecutive First Fridays.  Good luck with that.  If your parish is like mine, Confession will not be available on Friday except by appointment.  I guess we'll have to think outside the Box in order to get inside the Box.  The Confessional Box, that is.

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