Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Saintly Thought for Today

Since June is specially dedicated to the Sacred Heart, we will pay particular attention this month to saints who are important in the history of this devotion.  Today we have a prayer composed by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 AD - 1690 AD), Visitation nun and great visionary of the Sacred Heart. 

From the Catholic Encyclopedia (full article here):

In the first great revelation,  [Jesus] made known to [St. Margaret Mary] His ardent desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation. He appointed the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi as the feast of the Sacred Heart; He called her "the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart", and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the fire which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings. In her last illness she refused all alleviation, repeating frequently: "What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God", and died pronouncing the Holy Name of Jesus.

From St. Margaret Mary's "Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ:"

I love Thee, above all things lovable, above everything good, above everything beautiful, above every pleasure, and in fine, above myself and everything that is outside of Thee.

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