Monday, June 13, 2011

Obstacles to Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Since June is specially dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus we will be paying particular attention to this devotion throughout the month.

The following is taken from "The Devotion to the Sacred Heart," by Fr. John Croiset, SJ, which was commissioned by Our Lord Himself, through St. Margaret Mary.

"We have already seen what great sweetness is found in the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that is to say, that the fruit of this devotion is a very ardent and very tender love of Jesus Christ accompanied by interor joy, heavenly consolations, sweetness and unalterable peace which surpass all understanding, all which are gifts inseparable from the perfect love of Jesus Christ.  We are going to consider what are the obstacles which prevent people from reaping this fruit.  All these obstacles may be reduced to four: great tepidity in the service of God, self-love, secret pride, and certain passions which people have not taken care to mortify from the beginning of their conversion.  From these four heads as from four fatal fountains, proceed all those faults and imperfections which stop so many souls on the road of piety, which shipwreck the finest projects and the most generous resolutions, and finally which render unfruitful the holiest practices of devotion."

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