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June The month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: June 27

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June, the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sunday after the Ascension
Translated from the French
by the Rev. George Tickell, S.J. (1858)


Whoever loves a friend, consoles himself, in some sort, for his absence, by
the sight of his portrait; he carries it with him, kisses it tenderly, and
often looks at it. This is what the devout Lanspergius advises us to do,

“with regard to pictures of the Heart of Jesus. “Have by you,” says he,
“to keep alive your devotion, some picture of this adorable Heart; place it
in a position in which you may see it frequently, that the sight of it may
enkindle in you the fire of divine love; kiss the picture with the same
devotion, with which you would kiss the Heart of Jesus Christ; enter in
spirit within this divine Heart; impress your own heart upon it; bury your
whole soul within it; pray that it may be absorbed in it; strive to draw
into your own heart the spirit which animates that of Jesus, His graces,

His virtues, in a word, all the saving power of this sacred Heart; for the
Heart of Jesus is an overflowing fountain of every good.”
To say no more; if this were not a salutary practice, would the Church
teach her children, as she does, to pay honour to holy images?


St. Theresa
remarks, in her life, with that admirable simplicity which is so
characteristic of her; “Having but little talent for representing objects
to myself, I was extremely fond of pictures. Oh! how much those are to be
pitied who lose, through their own fault, the help they might derive from
them. It is evident that they have no love for our Lord; for they would be
glad if they really loved Him, to see His picture; just as persons in the
world are glad to look on the portraits of those whom they love.”
But nothing is better calculated to excite us to this veneration for
pictures of the Heart of Jesus, than the pleasure, which we know it gives
Him, to see them honoured. Hear what Mary Margaret says on this subject.

“One day, on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, after Holy Communion,
the Heart of Jesus was represented to me as on a throne, formed of fire and
flames, shedding rays on every side, and brighter than the sun. The wound,
which He received upon the Cross, was clearly visible; a crown of thorns
encircled this sacred Heart; and it was surmounted by a cross. Our divine
Saviour gave me to understand, that those instruments of the Passion
signified, that the source of all His sufferings had been the boundless
love of His Heart for men; that all those torments and insults had been
placed before Him, from the first moment of His incarnation; and that the
Cross was, so to say, planted in His Heart, from that moment; that, from
that same moment, He accepted all the sorrows and humiliations, which His
sacred humanity was to suffer during the course of His mortal life,
together with all the outrages to which He was to expose Himself to the end
of time, for the love of mankind,


by dwelling amongst them in the Blessed
Sacrament. My Saviour,” she adds, “assured me, that He took a singular
pleasure in seeing the interior sentiments of His Heart honoured under the
figure of this heart of flesh, in the manner in which it had been
represented to me, environed with flames, crowned with thorns, and
surmounted by a cross; and that He wished that this representation should
be publicly exposed; in order, He added, to touch the insensible hearts of
men. He promised me, at the same time, that He would shed in abundance the
treasures of graces, with which His Heart is filled, upon the hearts of
those who honoured Him; and that, wherever this image should be exposed for
particular veneration, it should draw down upon the spot every kind of

It is said, that the inhabitants of Antioch arrested a violent earthquake,
by writing the following words over the doors of their houses: Christus
nobiscum: state. Hold: Christ is with us! Let us bear upon our heart the
image of the Heart of Jesus; and, in all our temptations, we may boldly
defy the enemy of our salvation, and say to him; Hold: the Heart of Jesus
is with me.

Practice. — Bear about you a medal or picture of the Heart of Jesus, and
place one in your oratory; do your best to have a chapel dedicated to this
amiable Heart, in the parish, or country church, where you reside.
Invocation. — Let us go with confidence to this throne of grace, the Heart
of Jesus, that we may experience the effects of His mercy, and find grace
in seasonable aid. Adeamus ergo cum fiducia ad thronum gratice, ut
misericordiam consequamur, et gratiam inveniamus in auxilio opportuno.
(Ileb. iv. 16.)
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. O Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray
for us.

OLRL offers the Sacred Heart Badge which has the image of the Sacred Heart
of Jesus and can easily be carried in your wallet or purse or pinned to
your clothing. We also offer an 8 x 10 Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate
Heart of Mary combined color picture suitable for framing.
– The Sacred Heart Badge – 25 cents ea.

– Sacred Heart Badge card – 3 cents ea. –

– The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary combined color
picture – 75 cents ea. (quantity discount available)
– Prayers and Invocations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus card – 3 cents

– Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home brochure – 7 cents ea.

(The Enthronement Ceremony is available on our website at

Visit our Store at for these and all the
items we offer.
Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary, “Those who propagate this devotion
[to His Sacred Heart] shall have their names written in My Heart never to
be blotted out.”

Sincerely in Christ,
Our Lady of the Rosary Library
“Pray and work for souls”


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