sacred heart of jesus

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus reveals His Sacred Heart by seeking out those needing mercy

This week we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 8) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 9). Both of their hearts provide a lesson and a challenge for us.

First, consider Jesus' instinct to turn toward the people who most need mercy. When Jesus was criticized for this tendency, He responded simply: "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do" (Mark 2:17). His heart drew Him to be in the midst of sickness, because that's where a physician does the most good.

Devotion makes a comeback thanks to Alliance of the Holy Family


The afternoon light streamed through the windows of the dining room, where a small group was gathered on a Sunday afternoon. At the center of the dining table sat a framed image of the unusual guests of honor — the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Father John Hansen, SMP, began the prayers as a trio of women sang lines from the Lourdes Hymn:

Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing,

Thou reignst now in heaven with Jesus our King.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our feelings are part of path of Christian discipleship

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, right, presented Bishop Edward M. Rice with the medal of St. Louis at a Mass of Thanksgiving May 24 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Bishop Rice will be installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1.

We celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this week (Friday, June 3). When we think of the heart, we naturally think of feelings. So, this feast offers us a chance to think about the place of feelings in following Jesus.

We might fall into two errors when it comes to feelings.

1) We can make too much of them, as though they're all that matters. (They are not!)

2) We also can make too little of them, as though they don't matter at all. (They do!)

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