MAKATI, June 30, 2014—“Make your hearts sacred like His.”
This message summed up a priest’s sermon for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Friday, June 27, at the National Shrine in San Antonio Village dedicated in its honor.
“Every time we commit sin, we pierce the Heart of Jesus,” Sacred Heart rector Victor Y. Apacible said, exhorting the faithful to stop “adding thorns to His heart.”
More than a devotion, he explained, the Sacred Heart of the Lord is God’s way of reminding us of His love.
According to him, Christ loves everyone in spite of one’s “physical warts, defects, psychological hang-ups, infidelity, and ingratitude”.
The Sacred Heart invites the faithful to learn of God’s abiding love for all, the priest stressed.
It was for this reason, he pointed out, that devotion to the Sacred Heart came about in order that sinners “amend their infidelities”.
In 1673, French religious St. Margaret-Mary Alcoque experienced a series of visions in which Jesus asked her to have an act of reparation instituted for the Friday after “Corpus Christi”.
The Lord told St. Margaret-Mary that devotees of His Most Sacred Heart are assured of twelve divine promises which include peace, comfort, mercy, and many other blessings. (Raymond A. Sebastián)