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“The Sacred Heart builds a fire of love in every heart.”
By Patti Armstrong, National Catholic Register, 6/3/20
Ultimately, civil authorities will not solve our spiritual problems. We should pray and fast for them and for strong leadership in our Church, but we can also create a fortress of spiritual protection by putting ourselves under the sovereignty of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Jesus revealed the extent of his burning love for us through visions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a nun in Paray-le-Monial, France, during the 17th century. Devotion to the Sacred Heart has actually been a part of the Church throughout history. In 1956, Pius XII’s encyclical Caritate Christi Compulsi on the theology of the Sacred Heart, explained that devotion to the love of God goes all the way back to the Old Testament.
During apparitions to St. Margaret Mary in 1674, Jesus made Twelve Promises to those who honor and spread devotion to his Sacred Heart, one of which was, “I will bless every house in which an image of my heart shall be exposed and honored.” Inspired by that promise, Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey (1875-1960), born in Peru, began promoting enthronement of the Sacred Heart as our King on Aug. 24, 1907, “to conquer the whole world for the Heart of Jesus, home after home, family after family.” Each of the five popes who reigned during the life of Father Mateo endorsed and blessed his work — St. Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII and John XXIII. ….