June 7, 2024, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary,

Today, on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart, we honor the boundless and infinite love of Christ Jesus and glory in His Heart, pierced by our sins so that we may offer worthy reparation. “Jesus knew and loved us each and all during his life, loving us all with a human heart,” says the Catechism.

The institution of this solemnity resulted from our Lord’s revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a cloistered nun of the Visitation Order, in 1675. Alacoque wrote a short devotional, “La Devotion au Sacré-Coeur de Jesus” (Devotion to the Sacred Heart).

However, it was not until Pope Pius XI’s 1928 encyclical “Miserentissimus Redemptor” that the Church validated the credibility of Alacoque’s visions of Jesus Christ by having “promised her [Alacoque] that all those who rendered this honor to His Heart would be endowed with an abundance of heavenly graces.”

In 1956, Pope Pius XII alluded to the abundance of the supernatural graces that flow from Christ’s heart, calling the whole Church to recognize the Sacred Heart as an important dimension of Christian spirituality. Pius XII gave two reasons.

First, believers recognize that Jesus’ Heart is hypostatically united to the Person of the Incarnate Son of God Himself.

Second, the Heart is the natural sign and symbol of Jesus’ boundless love for humans.

Today is also the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York