June 5: The Fruits of Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Meditations Based on the Writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

Stained glass window from St Casimir’s Church, Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP, for non-commercial use/

St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar teaches us that the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the wellspring overflowing with graces from which all can draw; the source which is accessible to all. The Lord Jesus invites everyone to this fountain: All you who thirst, come to the water. Come, arid hearts, and those consumed with the fever of worries and temptations; come, draw from this source the water of life. Hearts, wounded and weak, come to be healed and to find your strength in It.  Hasten to the Divine Heart in all your spiritual and temporal needs.  You need not look far, for this Heart lives always in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  As many times as you receive Holy Communion, so often do you press your lips to the opened Heart of Jesus.

Hearts that are closely united with the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus endeavor to make reparation to Him for all transgressions. They live by His love; they love God, themselves, their neighbor, all things, with Christian love, that is, the love of Christ.   Such is the greatest fruit obtained by means of devotion to the Divine Heart of our Savior and what we must desire and seek.  To those who bear and renounce all things for the Kingdom of heaven, the Kingdom of love, the Lord Jesus confers the beatitudes and the promise of possessing both Himself and eternal happiness. Such are the people of the beatitudes: the poor, the sorrowing, the meek and humble, the just, the merciful, the pure of heart, the peacemakers and the persecuted. They shall be rich, consoled, filled, granted mercy; they will see God face to face and will rejoice that He calls them His sons.  Here on earth we can experience these fruits already partially, but ultimate happiness awaits us in heaven.

Through Margaret Mary, the Lord Jesus revealed His promises that He will show Himself especially gracious and generous towards those who will have zealous devotion to His Divine Heart. These promises are in some way united to the evangelical beatitudes. Those who are devoted to the Heart of God will be given all graces necessary for fulfilling the obligations of their state in life; they will be granted peace in their families, consolation in distress, refuge in life and at the hour of death, blessing in their undertakings; mercy in their sinfulness and increase in zeal.

Such promises however of the merciful love of the Lord Jesus should not be understood to be something automatic, superstitious, or like a transaction; rather it is only with a person’s faithful efforts that these promises are attained. Our fidelity and cooperation with the grace of the Divine Heart are essential to realize these promises. The practice of the First Fridays of the month should introduce the Catholic to a continuing, frequent and monthly reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist, a practice leading to a life in the state of sanctifying grace and in union with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. It is a great grace and it makes us ready to fulfill our obligations and our aim in life. This practice is an invaluable help to us in actualizing Christian love each day, in evangelizing with the power of Christ’s love, acquiring merits, and passing on to an eternal happiness in the grace of God.                                                                                               

St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, Founder of the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Bishop of Przemysl, Poland (1842-1924)

 

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“To Jesus’ Heart All Burning” sung by our Sisters

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