Meditations based on the writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar
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The voice of God calls joyfully to us: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest (Mt 11:28) and God invites us even here and now to a profound union with Himself in perfect love. The Lord desires that we would bear all difficulties and sufferings in union with Him throughout our entire life for only then will such burdens become easier. He especially invites those experiencing difficulties –those suffering not only physically but spiritually, and sinners – and who among us can say he is not a sinner? The Heart of the Savior invites each and everyone. He calls all to Himself, for He desires by means of such an encounter to reveal and thereby give Himself to us.
Our assent to this invitation opens before us the vast possibilities of discovering, knowing and experiencing true love and happiness. It also introduces us into the mystery of suffering, something difficult for us to understand and accept. It depends completely upon us whether we will take up His offer.
St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar writes: “Do not excuse yourself on the premise that you are unable to know the truths and ways of God, for the Lord has indeed given you a heart capable of love. In fact, so that your heart would truly love, God discloses His love to it and bestows upon it His grace. Even the simple one is able to love perfectly and in the school of love can become wise in the things of God.”
As St. Margaret Mary has said, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is like an open book from which it is easiest to learn the art of love, particularly when one reads it beneath the Savior’s Cross, in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament, or after Holy Communion. Why is it so difficult for many to see that everything a person most needs or most longs for is to be found within the Heart of God? Perhaps it is because we think of this Heart as a mystery far removed from the affairs of everyday human life. While people like to discover and to learn the unknown, to conquer what is difficult, they are still lacking the essential connection between life and faith –that is, faith in God’s love and in entrusting themselves to this love completely. And yet there are countless visible and actual proofs of this love of God that He shows in so human a way. God is Love (1 Jn 4:16), the beloved disciple of the Heart of Jesus reminds us. In this name of God is contained His very essence. Whoever is without love does not know God (1 Jn 4:8). We must continually learn this love because such knowledge leads to greater love.
Act of Personal Dedication of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to the Sacred Heart
Litany to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus