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Sacred Heart Devotion: June 13, 2018

What does devotion to the Sacred Heart require of us?
Devotion to the Sacred Heart does not involve any new commandments: it is founded on the basic act of all Christian and supernatural life: the act of love. This cult consists in an attitude of the soul, a disposition of all our faculties to return to our Lord love for love.

All the writings of St. Margaret Mary show that the fundamental act of our devotion towards the Divine Heart is an act of love. One day, our Lord removed her heart and set in its place a burning flame, telling her, “Here, My beloved, is a precious token of My love; enclosed in your side is this little spark of My love’s most burning flames, to be a heart to you and consume you until your last moment.” From then on, the saint’s life was consumed with love for the Master’s Heart.

St. Margaret Mary, during her life, wrote to Mother de Saumaise, “He will reign despite His enemies and will become the Master and possessor of our hearts, for the principal purpose of this devotion is to convert souls to His love.”

The voice of the Church confirmed these words. In his encyclical of June 28, 1888, Leo XIII wrote, “Jesus has no more burning desire than to see the fire of love which devours His own Heart ignited in souls! Let us then go to Him who in exchange for His charity asks only the return of His love.”

Novena to the Holy Ghost Leading to Priestly Ordinations at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary

DAY 1:

Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared — sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

(Our Father and Hail Mary once. Glory be to the Father 7 times)

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart I implore You Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.



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