How to Honour the Heart of Jesus.
PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.
My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.
Burn my reins and my heart. Ps. xxv. 2.
Jesus to the faithful soul. – Christian Soul, I will teach thee how to honour My Wounds, particularly that of My Divine Heart which was wounded for love of Thee. After my Resurrection, I showed the Wounds of My Hands, My Feet and My Side to My Apostles, saying to them: See, handle, look at Me carefully. They did so without delay. Imitate them. If thou wouldst touch, in spirit, the Wound of My Side, consider with deep gratitude the love of My Heart, which has led Me to choose thee from all eternity to be My child and the inheritor of my kingdom. Think also of the innumerable graces with which I have unceasingly prevented thee, and how at this present time, notwithstanding thy very great ingratitude, I bestow many favours upon Thee.
Then draw nigh to My Heart which loves thee so much, and has been wounded for thy sake. Salute It three times in thanksgiving for the abundant graces which I have poured out from all eternity, or do now, or ever shall pour out, with a love beyond measure, into the souls of all the elect. Thank Me also for having caused to spring from the life-giving Wound of My Heart the most precious Blood, which fills souls with sweetness and enriches them with all heavenly gifts.
Afterwards, offer Me this prayer: Lord of infinite mercy, through this Wound of intense love, through this Wound so great that it can contain the earth, the heavens, and all that is therein, I unite my love to Thy Divine love, in order that, in this way and by it, my love may be made perfect, may lose itself in Thine, and be blended with it as two metals liquefied by fire and mixed together form but one. May our two wills become only one, or rather, may mine be wholly united to and always in perfect conformity with Thine. Into the burning furnace of Thy Heart, into this Wound of love, I cast my affections, my inclinations, my thoughts, and my desires, that all that is covered with rust and defilement, all that is imperfect and in disorder, may be destroyed by the flames. Then will my heart, all cleansed and renewed, be wholly consumed in Thee and for Thee.
Contemplate next, Christian soul, the Wound which My Heart received; and kneeling before this Heart opened by the point of the spear, pray thus:–
O most sweet Jesus, most loving Lord, through Thy pierced Heart I beseech Thee so to pierce my heart with Thy love that it may no longer cling to earthly things, but may be possessed by Thy Divine power. Wound my heart with tenderness, O sweet Saviour, so that in this wound all my affections may be united, and become wholly attached to Thee.
Now, Christian soul, I wish thee to know that, when I give thee this wound of love, thou wilt need (as for all wounds) water, ointment, and bandages. The water of devotion will cleanse the corruption of thy sins: and this devotion will spring up from continual contemplation of My loving Heart, suffering and wounded for thee upon the Cross. Charity will be the ointment; for charity produces fervour, and fervour spreads over all a sweetness beyond compare. Charity will also obtain for thee the bandage for thy wound: for love is mighty, and it will endue thee with strength sufficient to bind thyself to Me by a tie which cannot be broken.
Consider further, O My daughter, that two salutary streams have flowed from My most loving Heart. The former is a stream of Blood, the latter a stream of Water. The stream of Blood brings to thee all the wealth of burning love; the fountain of Water purifies thee, refreshes thy soul, and extinguishes in thee the fire of evil passions. May thy heart then be opened to receive and drink the Blood of the just Abel, which cries out efficaciously, and intercedes for thee! In My loving Wounds the sinner finds a sure refuge as in an impregnable fortress. My Wounds make known to him the greatness of My mercy. For this reason My Breast and My Heart were opened on the right side, where was the penitent thief, and not on the left side. My Wounds can obtain for thee everything that thou desirest or standest in need of. Open then, My daughter, with the key of love, the casket in which all heavenly treasures are enclosed, that is to say, My Divine Heart, and if temptations assail thee like so many robbers, have recourse to the arsenal of My most sweet Heart. Excellent and well-tempered weapons will be found therein.
My Wounds all speak of meekness, kindness, gentleness, and charity. They will tell thee how sweet, amiable and tender I am. They will teach thee how great is the love with which I am consumed. It would not be enough for My Heart to be inwardly all on fire with love. The flames must needs escape, and spread themselves abroad. The divine fire made a breach, through which it came out impetuously and penetrated into the hearts of men. My Heart was opened in order that pious souls might, like gentle doves, find their dwelling place in the clefts of the mystical Rock. Have I not kindly invited them by these words: Veni, columba mea, in foraminibus petrœ?This is what I wished faithful souls to understand when I commanded My servant Noe to make a window or opening in the right side of the ark. The dove entered by that window, and was thus preserved from the waters of the flood.
Come! arise, My daughter and My dove; place thy heart upon the Wound of My Side; taste of my unspeakable sweetness, and draw from My Heart the healing waters of grace.
 Cant. ii. 14.
PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.
My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.
Of Inordinate Affections.
Give us, O Lord, that interior peace, that repose of conscience, that tranquillity, which raises our confidence in Thy goodness that Thou wilt carry on and complete the work which Thy mercy hath begun in us; this peace of God which surpasseth all understanding, which keeps our minds and our hearts in Thy love, and which Thou alone canst give. Calm the storms and emotions of our passions, by giving us courage to overcome them. Grant that our desires may become submissive to reason, our reason to faith, and the whole man to God. Amen.. –Thomas à Kempis–Imitation of Christ Bk I, Ch VI pt II.
June Devotion: The Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Virtues to practice: Obedience, Piety, Dutifulness
Prayers to the Wound of the Heart of Jesus.
Blessed be the holy Wound of Thy Heart, my most sweet Jesus! Accept, O Lord, my heart and all the powers of my soul. Detach them from earthly affections. Let me lose even the remembrance of the things of this world. Cast my soul into the adorable Wound of Thy Side, into the ocean of Thy love, into the source of true life. Unite my heart for ever to Thy tender Heart, so truly that it will be impossible for me to desire what is not in conformity with Thy will. May I in all things entirely renounce my own will, and unite myself by faith, hope and charity to Thee, my Lord, my God and my Creator. Amen.
O most sweet Jesus, through the Wound of Thy Heart, pardon, I beseech Thee, all my offences against Thee by acting without sufficient purity of intention, or by following my own perverse will. I offer Thee my heart, that Thou mayest unite it to Thy Heart. Then I shall neither seek nor see anything but Thee in all things. I shall have no other will than Thine. Amen.
Jesu! Creator of the world,
Of all mankind Redeemer blest,
True God of God, in Whom we see
Thy Father’s image clear expressed!
Thee, Saviour, love alone constrained
To make our mortal flesh Thine own,
And, as a second Adam, come
For the first Adam to atone.
That selfsame love which made the sky,
Which made the sea and stars, and earth,
Took pity on our misery,
And broke the bondage of our birth.
O Jesus! in Thy Heart divine
May that same love for ever glow!
Forever mercy to mankind
From that exhaustless fountain flow!
For this the Sacred Heart was pierced,
And both with blood and water ran –
To cleanse us from the stains of guilt,
And be the hope and strength of man.
Jesu, to Thee be glory given,
Who from Thy Heart dost grace outpour,
To Father and to Paraclete
Be endless praise for evermore. Amen.
An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, If this hymn is devoutly recited every day for a month (S.P.Ap., March 12, 1936). (Raccolta)
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