Catholicism is rich with stunning, faith-inspiring iconography as reminders of the Truths of our Faith.

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Holy Scripture inspired many of the world"s most recognizable & beloved artistic masterpieces. Think of Michelangelo"s Pieta and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, domain authority Vinci"s Last Supper, Bouguereau"s L"Innocence-- created by gifted artists imbued with God-given talent.

Some of the most striking images are not man-made but given by the Lord Himself: the Shroud of Turin, Our Lady of Guadalupe"s miraculous image on Juan Diego"s tilma, the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The image of the Sacred Heart consists of His Heart, wounded by the lance in His Passion, & precious drops of blood; it is surrounded by a crown of thorns, a cross, and is aflame.

Honored alongside the Sacred Heart is Mary"s Immaculate Heart, consisting of her contemplative, maternal heart, wreathed by a crown of roses, pierced with a sword, và alight with fire.

Before we examine what each aspect of the images represents và how the hearts are both similar & different, it would bởi vì us well to understand how these devotions took hold in the Catholic Church, và why they are so firmly embraced, even centuries later.

The devotion to lớn the Sacred Heart began with devotion khổng lồ the Sacred Humanity of Jesus và to His Passion. Click lớn Tweet


The devotion to the Sacred Heart began with devotion to the Sacred Humanity of Jesus và to His Passion. His physical suffering on behalf of all of humanity, the shedding of His precious Blood for us, and His burning love for mankind – all of these parts of His Passion deserve a special recognition, an intense attention. St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), an instrumental proponent of devotion to lớn the Sacred Heart, explained why Jesus wants us to meditate on His Sacred Heart:

“This gracious Captain desires that the face & eyes of His devoted soldier should be lifted up lớn those wounds, that his soul may stand erect and he may draw from the sight strength unshakable. For gazing on those wounds he shall not feel his own….The martyr stands fearless và in triumph…where then is the soul of the martyr? It is safe; it is on the rock; it is in the Heart of Jesus, whose wounds were opened to lớn let it in.”

The devotion lớn the Immaculate Heart was becoming popular around the same time as the Sacred Heart devotion but was more muted. The visions of Mary appearing khổng lồ St. Catherine Laboure in the 1800s và the subsequent propagation of the Miraculous Medal intensified devotion to lớn the Immaculate Heart. St. John Eudes, a priest in the 1600s who had a deep passion for the both the Sacred & the Immaculate Hearts & wrote extensively on both, firmly espoused the connectedness of the two devotions – that one was not complete without the other.

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"The Heart of Jesus is of course distinct from that of Mary & surpasses it infinitely in excellence & holiness. Yet God has so closely united these two Hearts that there has never been và never will be a closer union. "Thus the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Heart of Mary. These two Hearts are but one Heart ... Which was given to us by the Blessed Trinity và by our Blessed Mother, so that we, the children of Jesus and Mary, might have but one heart with our Heavenly Father & our holy Mother and that we might love and glorify God with the same Heart, a Heart worthy of the infinite grandeur of His Divine Majesty" (The Kingdom of Jesus).

The images themselves demonstrate the many similarities between the hearts & the sufferings of our Lord and our Blessed Mother, but also differences quite specific khổng lồ their particular sufferings.


Both hearts are aflame, but the Sacred Heart"s burning love is directed toward humanity, & the physical suffering portrayed in His image is for the sake of mankind: the lance wound in the heart, the crown of thorns, the drops of blood. Throughout His physical suffering, Christ remained committed lớn the Father"s mission for Him. This draws our focus to lớn the intense human suffering endured by our Lord on our behalf.

The Immaculate Heart"s fire illustrates the burning love Mary has for God the Father and for her Son. Mary"s heart, pierced with a sword khổng lồ remind us of the sorrows she endured silently in her lifetime as Jesus"s mother, is ringed with a wreath of roses. The flowers symbolize that, throughout her spiritual suffering, Our Lady remained committed khổng lồ the humility, obedience, and purity for which we revere her.

There are several ways to honor the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts, all of which deepen our fervent dedication lớn the Faith & shower us with special graces.

When she appeared khổng lồ the children at Fatima, our Lady bade them lớn dedicate five First Saturdays to her each year. This practice includes going to Confession, receiving the Eucharist, praying the rosary, và meditating on the mysteries of the rosary for 15 minutes. In addition, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary every June 8.

The entire month of June is devoted khổng lồ the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The third Friday after Pentecost is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (May and June are rich with Solemnities!). Year-round, we can follow our Lord"s own instructions to lớn St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: go lớn confession và receive the Eucharist at Mass on nine consecutive First Fridays. Christ also promised abundant blessings to families who consecrate their homes khổng lồ His Sacred Heart through an enthronement ceremony.

There are many quality ways khổng lồ celebrate these feast days, in addition lớn observing the First Fridays & First Saturdays và consecrating your trang chủ and family. You may enjoy incorporating cuisine & handicrafts into your celebration, especially as you create liturgical traditions for your children. These devotions will aid you in meditating on the lengths Jesus went to for your salvation, on our pure Mother Mary, & on making reparation for the pain our world continues lớn inflict on them through our sin and lukewarmness.



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