Friday, June 15, 2007

Feast of the Sacred Heart

WHEN WE OFFER DEVOTION to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are using the word "heart" in a symbolic sense, representing love, using the same symbolism as lovers exchanging heart-shaped boxes of candy on Saint Valentine's Day.

The Sacred Heart is a wounded heart, and it is wounded by us. Imagine a great and noble king, wooing a humble peasant girl; she lives in filth, ignorance, and self-destructive behavior, although she is also of noble blood. The great king wishes to marry the girl, even though she does not deserve it, for he loves her with all of his heart. She says, sometimes, that she loves him too, and certainly would want to live with him in his palace, but instead she is unfaithful to him, giving herself to others. The king's love is then a wounded love.

Behold this Heart, which, notwithstanding the burning love for man with which it is consumed and exhausted, meets with no other return from the generality of Christians than sacrilege, contempt, indifference and ingratitude.

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