Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cor Iesu Sacratissimum, miserere nobis.

Meant to do this last night but just never got around to it.

Happy belated Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! For those who are unfamiliar, this was a devotion founded upon the revelations by Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. The main thrust was the boundless love of the Son for all mankind in spite of all our sins and failings. The devotion was a valuable weapon against Jansenist tendencies and was highly promoted by the great orthodox Jesuits of old.

It's here that we are taught the First Friday devotion. Christ gave St. Margaret certain promises associated with this devotion:

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

2. I will give peace in their families.

3. I will console them in all their troubles.

4. I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.

5. I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.

6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.

9. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.

10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

11. Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.

12. In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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