June: Dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine!

June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the liturgical Feast of the Sacred Heart falls on June 11th this year (next Friday!).

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is characterized by two elements: consecration and reparation. We consecrate ourselves to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and enthrone Him there as King and resolve to serve Him. And we make reparation to His Sacred Heart for all of the indifferences and ingratitudes He suffers daily.

A great (unofficial) prayer for this month I offer to my readers comes from the martyrdom of St. John Houghton, who, upon having his heart ripped out of his chest and seeing it in the hands of his executioner cried out to the Lord, “O Sweet Jesus, what will you do with my heart?”. Though there are several ways a person could interpret this,  I once heard a priest give a beautiful homily on the martyrdom of St. John Houghton and his final words as an offering of his death to Christ. We should strive to offer this month (and really every day of our lives) our hearts to the loving Lord, and upon offering them, ask Him boldly what He would have us do and then follow His holy Will… “O Sweet Jesus, what will you do with my heart?”

Good reads on the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
The Encyclical letter of Pope Pius XII “Haurietis Aquas”
The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. John Croiset
Love, Peace, and Joy: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus According to St. Gertrude by Fr. Andre Prevot

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