Today is the First Friday of June, and June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Promises of the Sacred Heart to those who embrace this devotion.
1.I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2.I will give peace in their families.
3.I will console them in all their troubles.
4.They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5.I will pour abundant blessings on their undertakings.
6.Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7.Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8.Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9.I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
10.I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11.Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12.The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
“Oh, how sweet is death when one has had a tender devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ!” - St. Margaret Mary
+ + +"How do we serve God faithfully? We serve Him only as faithfully as we serve Him lovingly, by giving ourselves to the needs of everyone whom God puts into our lives. No one reaches heaven automatically. Heaven must be dearly paid for. The price of reaching heaven is the practice of selfless love here on earth.
That is why God puts into our lives so many occasions for loving people who obviously do not love us, or giving ourselves to people who have never given themselves to us. How desperately we need, especially in today’s world, to learn that God became man in order to suffer and die out of love for us on the Cross.
That is what devotion to the Sacred Heart is all about. It is the practice of selfless love toward selfish people. It is giving ourselves to persons that do not give themselves to us. In all of our lives, God has placed selfish persons who may be physically close to us, but spiritually are strangers and even enemies. That is why God places unkind, unjust, even cruel people into our lives. By loving them, we show something of the kind of love that God expects of His followers.
Devotion of the Sacred Heart is the solution to the gravest problem in the modern world today. How can we give ourselves to those who do not love us, who even positively hate us? We can love them, with the help of divine grace, by following the example of Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross out of love for a sin-laden human race." - Fr. Hardon
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.