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*Image: Altarpiece of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart by Corrado Mezzana, 1922 [Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome, Italy]. The Sacred Heart of Jesus adored by Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart (1863-1899) and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1667-1690)

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, June 1, 2023

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


This month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The love of God made manifest in the crucified Christ has been a focus of devotion and piety since the very beginning of Christianity. But particular devotion to the heart of Christ first appeared in the Middle Ages.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it today, arose in earnest in 17th-century France through the revelations received by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque with the assistance of her spiritual director, the Jesuit St. Claude de la Colombière. …

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