Statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Photo taken January, 2008.
This is the feast day of the love of God for us, which is wounded by our sins, as much Old Testament imagery reminds us. As the heart is figuratively the seat of love, so the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by the lance, shows us our unfaithfulness.
“O God, who in the Heart of Thy Son, wounded by our sins, dost mercifully vouchsafe to bestow upon us the boundless treasures of Thy love: grant, we beseech Thee, that we who now render Him the service of our devotion and piety, may also fulfill our duty of worthy satisfaction.”
— Collect of the missa 'Cogitationes Cordis'