June, the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(The feast of the Sacred Heart is June 12 this year)
DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART
(taken from http://www.olrl.org/pray/sacheart.shtml)
This is a chapter from the book: The Prophets And Our Times by Fr. P.
Gerald Culleton; the first edition appeared in 1941.
There is evidence that it was the will of Our Divine Lord that Devotion to
the Sacred Heart be reserved for the last ages of the world, so that, in
the last great struggle between Himself and Satan, the souls that He loves
so dearly may be drawn to Him with renewed warmth, and thus strengthened
against the final desperate attacks of the enemy.
In the times preceding the end of the world, Satan and his cohorts were to
be loosed upon the earth in a mighty effort to draw as many souls as
possible away from God, before the power of Hell would be remarkably
if not completely broken. Satan’s mission is one of hate. God
wins souls through love. Our Blessed Savior knew that the hatred which
would be rampant in those evil days could be best conquered by a devotion
which would inspire love and charity in the hearts of men. It was to serve,
as it were, as a magnet and a bulwark of strength by giving men a clearer
knowledge of God’s deep and abiding love and mercy. It would provide a
harbor of peace and security in those days of confusion and anguish, when
men’s souls would be tried almost beyond endurance.
In all times of great distress or danger, God has provided men with the
means of conquering evil, as evidenced by the history of the world, both
before the time of Christ, but especially since the Redemption. To mention
just one of the instances of Divine intervention when a special devotion
was given to the world at a crucial period, let us consider the Rosary. In
the 13th century when the Albigenses were preaching their vicious doctrines
against marriage, and the spread of this heresy seriously endangered the
morals of the people, St. Dominic began preaching against them. He had but
little success until Our Blessed Lady appeared to him and told him to
encourage devotion to the Rosary. This was done and the heresy quickly
St. Gertrude, in the 14th century, who often conversed with the Beloved
Disciple St. John, on one occasion asked him why he, who loved our Blessed
Lord so fervently, had never written anything about the love of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus. He explained to her his mission was to expound the Doctrine
of the Incarnation and that as for the Love of the Incarnate Word as
exemplified by His Divine Heart, it was reserved for the last ages to make
it known, “so that the world, carried away by follies, may regain a little
of the warmth of early Christian charity by learning of the love of the
It was on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, three centuries later in
1647, that Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and made certain
promises to those who had a special devotion to His Sacred Heart, which
promises were destined to become the means of salvation to so many
countless Christians. Regarding this vision, the Saint explained, “I
understand that this devotion to the Sacred Heart was a last effort of His
love towards Christians of these latter times, by proposing to them an
object and a means so calculated to persuade them to love Him.”
In 1815 Mother Maria Rafols wrote concerning her own visions at the urgent
insistence of Our Blessed Lord, in the hope that many, after reading what
He told her, would turn from their evil ways, and have recourse to His
Much of what she has written is prophetic, and concerns itself, in part,
with the destiny of Spain. Referring to her own Mother House at Saragoza,
Spain, Mother Rafols wrote that the Sacred Heart would perform such wonders
there as to win many sinners away from their corrupted lives. It is worthy
of note that although the Communists laid siege to the city of Saragoza, it
was never captured, as foretold by Mother Rafols.
Our Lord promised her that no matter what means men might invent to destroy
the faith in Spain, they would be unsuccessful and that He would reign
there until the end of time, because of the love of the just and chaste
souls who would always live in Spain. This prophecy, only recently
unearthed, must have been of great comfort to the good Christians during
the trying days of the Civil War.
So forgotten would be the Word of God in the days to come, that men would
even scandalize and pervert innocent children, and endeavor to obliterate
His Blessed Name from their memory. This was true in Spain, and is true in
many other countries today.
There would be such moral corruption, not only in Spain, but in the entire
world, that God would be forced to destroy entire cities, should they fail
to reform, after His call. This is already being fulfilled and no doubt
vastly greater destruction will befall the world before God is appeased.
It was written that these things would be taking place when the documents
would be found. They were found in 1931. Our Lord further told Mother
Rafols that there is one thing that hurts His Sacred Heart still more, and
that is to be forgotten, offended and despised by souls consecrated to Him.
They sometimes forget how dearly He loves His chosen ones, how eagerly He
waits in the Tabernacle for them to come to Him for inspiration and
assistance in the great mission of saving souls. He wants them to be humble
and chaste, and to practice true charity towards one another, and thus,
avoid giving scandal. He desires that His priests be living models of
Himself and that they propagate devotion to His Sacred Heart.
He wishes that all men have greater love for one another so that there can
be peace on earth, and greater love for Him. The Sacred Heart was very sad
because of the sacrileges men would commit on account of their coldness
toward Him. He said that many would not only not heed the commands of Holy
Mother Church, but would actually persecute Her and seek to destroy Her.
Priests and religious would be treated with great disrespect.
He desires that men perform acts of satisfaction to forestall the wrath of
Divine Justice, and that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be made a Holy Day
of Obligation and that all the Faithful receive Holy Communion on that day.
(It is a Holy Day of Obligation in Spain.)
To those who devoutly wear the image of His Sacred Heart (i.e. a Sacred
Heart Badge), He promised great graces and special protection at the hour
of their death . He said that in times to come, many souls would propagate
the devotion to His Sacred Heart.
Since these three holy women connect this devotion with the latter days it
seems significant that its spread is quite modern. It was not extended to
the entire world until 1856 by Blessed Pope Pius IX; the whole human race
was commended to the Sacred Heart by Leo XIII only in 1899; and a special
act of consecration was prescribed by Pope Pius XI in 1929 to be recited
throughout the entire world on the Feast of Christ the King.
In conclusion we may note that the prayers ordered by Pope Leo XIII to be
said after Low Mass to “restrain” Satan are followed by the threefold
repetition of the invocation to invoke the aid of the Sacred Heart for this
purpose: “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!”
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the day of battle;
Be our safeguard against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humble pray,
And do thou,
O prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
Cast into hell,
Satan and all the other evil spirits,
who prowl through the world,
seeking the ruin of souls.
Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us!
(This powerful prayer of exorcism was composed by Pope Leo XIII; in a
vision, he had been shown the fearful battle to be waged between Satan and
St. Michael, over the Church of the future. Now, as never before, the
Church needs the intercession of St. Michael! Please say this prayer every
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Sincerely in Christ,
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