Devotion to the Sacred Heart of JESUS


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Devotion to the Sacred Heart of JESUS: (scanned; 1863 translation): books.google.com/books?id=XIcEAAAAQAAJ&pg=PR1&dq=croiset+1863#PPA264,M1

A review about the book: “The Bishop of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, discovered this tremendous treasure after it had disappeared for almost two centuries, thus fulfilling a prophecy made by St. Margaret Mary. She foretold that this inspired writing would be forgotten for a time, but then would come to light again. The author (Fr. Croiset) was the spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary and therefore was intimately familiar with every aspect of the revelations given by Our Lord to this famous saint; thus, the book is actually the “key” to understanding the importance and the centrality of the Sacred Heart devotion for our lives as true Catholics. This great work was actually commissioned by Our Lord Himself through St. Margaret Mary, and as Father Croiset neared completion of it, St. Margaret told him that Our Lord said it was so completely in accord with His wishes that it would never be necessary to make any change in it. Later she revealed that it was Our Lord Himself who had inspired him with the ideas in this book and that it was so pleasing to Him that “none other but Himself could have arranged everything so much to His wishes.” This magnificent work is a revelation to all just why so few of us become great saints and why so few, despite going frequently to the Sacraments, fail really to grow in the life of grace and make great progress in the spiritual order. The best there is on this important devotion!”

Wikisource version: en.wikisource.org/wiki/Devotion_to_the_Sacred_Heart_of_Jesus

"Even at the hour of death, incredulous, indifferent,
hardened souls have been converted by simply
showing them a picture of the Sacred Heart, which
sufficed to restore these sinners to the life of hope
and love, in a word, to touch the most hardened.
It would, indeed, be a great misfortune to any
apostolic man to neglect so powerful a means of
conversion, and in proof of this I will mention a
single fact which will need no comment. A religious
of the Company of Jesus had been requested
by the Blessed Margaret Mary to make a careful
engraving of the Sacred Heart. Being often hindered
by other occupations, there was much delay
in preparing this plate. ’ This good father,'
writes the saint, 'is so much occupied by Monsignor d’Autun in the conversion of heretics, that
he has neither time nor leisure to give to the work
so ardently desired by the Heart of our Divine
Master. You cannot imagine, my much-loved
mother, how greatly this delay afflicts and pains
me. I must avow confidently to you my belief
that it is the cause of his converting so few infidels
in this town. I seem constantly to hear these
words : ’ That if this good father had acquitted
himself at once of his promise to the Sacred Heart,
Jesus would have changed and converted the
hearts of these infidels, on account of the joy He
would have felt at seeing Himself honoured in the
picture He so much wishes for. As, however, he
prefers other work, even though to the glory of
God, to that of giving Him this satisfaction, He
will harden the hearts of these infidels, and the
labours of this mission will not be crowned with
much fruit.'
SOURCE


#2

Bring this back to the top and thanking the OP.


#3

Imprimitar on page ii. :slight_smile:


#4

On my dressing table, I have a picture of the Sacred Heart which I see first thing when I wake in the morning and last before I go to sleep at night. Beside the picture are these invocations. I find these a great help every day.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
Merciful Jesus, I consecrate myself today and always to Your Most Sacred Heart.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore, that I may ever love You more and more.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Your Heart.


#5

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So that this
devotion wholly consists, properly speaking, in an
ardent love of Jesus Christ, constantly residing amongst
us in the adorable Eucharist, and in testifying this
ardent love by our grief at seeing Him so little loved
and so little honoured, and by the means we take to
repair this contempt and this want of love.

But as we always require, in the practice even of the
most spiritual devotions, certain material and sensible
objects, which, by the strong impression they make
upon us, engage our attention, and thus facilitate the
exercise of these devotions, the Sacred Heart of Jesus
has been chosen, as the sensible object that is most
worthy of our respect, and the best suited at the same
time to the end we have in view in this devotion.


#6

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We shall show in this and the two following chapters.

  1. How just and reasonable is the devotion to the
    Sacred Heart of Jesus. 2. How useful it is both for
    our salvation and perfection. 3. What true sweetness
    there is in this devotion. In fact, whether we consider
    the sensible object of this devotion, which is the sacred
    Heart of Jesus, or confine ourselves to the principal
    and spiritual object, which is the immense love of
    Jesus Christ for men, with what respect, gratitude,
    and love should we not be filled !

#7

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He had resolved to discover to them the treasures of His
Sacred Heart, and inspire them with this devotion,
which is calculated to make the love of Jesus Christ
spring up in the hearts of the most insensible, and to
inflame those of the least fervent. "Publish everywhere,"
said our loving Saviour, “insinuate, recommend
this devotion to persons in the world, as a sure
and easy means to obtain from Me a true love of God; to ecclesiastics and religious persons, as an effectual
means of attaining to the perfection of their state ; to
those who labour for the salvation of their neighbours,
as a means of touching the most obdurate souls ; and
finally to all the faithful, as one of the most solid and
suitable devotions by which to gain the victory over the
strongest passions, to restore peace and union in the
most disunited families, to rid themselves of the most
inveterate imperfections, to obtain a most tender and
ardent love of Me, and finally to arrive in a short
time, and by an easy method, at the most sublime
perfection.”


#8

I thought that it should be noted that the hearts Illustrated above are the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Thank you for this thread.:slight_smile:


#9

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"The Sacred Heart of Jesus," says the devout Lanspergius, "
is not only the seat of all the virtues, but it is also
the fountain of graces by which these virtues are acquired
and preserved. Have a tender devotion to this
loving Heart, which is so full of love and mercy.
Through It ask for all that you wish to obtain and
offer of all your actions. For this Sacred Heart is the
treasury of all supernatural gifts. It is, so to speak,
the way by which we unite ourselves more closely with
God, and by which God communicates Himself more
lovingly to us. You have in this Sacred Heart all the
graces, all the virtues of which you stand in need, and
you need not fear to exhaust this infinite treasure.
Have recourse to It in all your necessities. Be faithful
in the holy practices of a devotion so reasonable and so
useful, and you will soon perceive its effects.


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#11

We’ve obviously got someone who has a real devotion to St Peter there - the upside down cross is his symbol, since he requested to be crucified upside down, not thinking himself worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. :slight_smile: :thumbsup: :cool:


#12

I don’t think so,but hey,maybe black metallers secretly worship St.Peter:thumbsup:


#13

Umm, no - devotion is not the same thing as worship, and we (and presumably they, if they are Christians) worship God alone. I’m devoted to my mother, but I sure don’t worship her.

In any event he’d be in good company if he did have a devotion to the wonderful Apostle Peter - check out JP2’s chair :slight_smile:


#14

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Fr. la Colombiere expressed himself in a similar
manner. Although Almighty God had conducted him
for a long time in the paths of the most sublime perfection,
not by means of sensible consolations, but only
by means of a lively faith, and very great trials, it
seemed as if the Divine Spirit changed His direction
of him, when He inspired him with the practice of this
devotion. Hear how this Servant of God expresses
himself, on this point, in one part of his Retreats: “
My heart is dilated and feels delights that I can indeed
taste and receive from the mercy of my God, but
not explain. Thou art infinitely good, oh my God, to
communicate Thyself with so much mercy to the most
ungrateful of Thy creatures, and the most unworthy
of Thy servants. …
Jesus Christ, when appearing once to St. Mechtildis, addressed to her these beautiful words: " My daughter, if you wish for the pardon of all your negligences in my service, have a tender devotion towards My Heart. For it is the treasury of all the graces, which I continually bestow upon you. It is the fountain of all those interior consolations and ineffable delights with which I replenish My faithful friends.”


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To this should be added, what the celebrated Lanspergius, well known by his works, so full of unction
and solid piety, has left us on this subject. Take
great care, he says, to excite yourself continually by
frequent acts of constant devotion, to honour the loving
Heart of Jesus, so full of love and mercy for you. It
is by means of It, that you must ask for all you would
obtain. By means of It, and in It, you must offer to
the Eternal Father all that you do. For this Sacred
Heart is the treasury of all supernatural gifts and
graces. It is, as it were, the way by which we unite
ourselves more closely to God, and by which Almighty
God communicates Himself more liberally to us.
I advise you, therefore, to place, wherever you pass most
frequently, some devout picture, representing the
Sacred Heart of Jesus. The sight of it will serve
continually to remind you of your holy practices of
devotion towards this adorable Heart, and will move
you to love Him more and more. When you feel
yourself touched with a more tender devotion, you may
kiss the picture, as though you were kissing the Sacred
Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this Sacred
Heart, you must continually endeavour to unite your
own, wishing to have no other desires or sentiments,
but those of Jesus Christ, persuading yourself that
His spirit and His Sacred Heart passes, so to speak,
into yours, and that of two hearts there becomes only
one. Appropriate to yourself from this loving Heart
all the graces imaginable; you will never exhaust It.
It is useful; nay, it is necessary to honour with singular
devotion the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus
Christ. It is your refuge; you must fly to It in all
your necessities, to draw from It the consolation and
all the helps which you need.


#16

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When our soul is distracted and dissipated,
we must conduct it tranquilly to the Heart of Jesus
Christ, and offer to the Eternal Father the holy dispositions
of this adorable Heart, and unite the little we
do with what is done by Jesus Christ with infinite
perfection. In this manner, whilst doing nothing ourselves,
we do much by means of Jesus Christ. Let
the Sacred Heart of Jesus be henceforward your Oratory, devout soul. In It, and by means of It, offer
all your prayers to God the Father ; if you wish them
to be accepted. This is the school which you must
frequent if you would learn the sublime science of
God, and be instructed in its lessons so directly opposed
to the maxims and false opinions of the world.
This must be your treasury from which you are to
draw all that you may require in order to become rich —
purity, pure love, fidelity. But the most precious and
the most abundant riches this treasury contains are,
humiliations, sufferings, and an ardent love of the
greatest poverty. The esteem and love of these things
is so precious a gift that it is only to be found in its
original source, the Heart of a God made man. All
other hearts, however holy and noble, possess it in a
greater or less degree ; only as they seek it with more
or less diligence in this treasury, the Heart of Jesus
Christ."

In fine, it has been observed, not only that all the
Saints of the Church, who have seemed to be favoured
with the highest graces, have had a most ardent and
tender love for Jesus Christ, but also that there is not
one, so to say, of those who have had this exceeding
love for Jesus Christ, that has not had a singular devotion
to His Sacred Heart.

Those who have read the life of St. Francis of Assisi,
the works of St. Thomas, and those of St. Teresa, the
lives of St. Bonaventure, St. Ignatius, St. Francis
Xavier, St. Philip Neri, St. Francis of Sales, and St.
Aloysius Gonzaga, will have noticed the tender devotion
of these Saints towards the Heart of Jesus Christ.


#17

Part Two:
Means of Acquiring this Devotion

-First Disposition -
A GREAT HORROR OF SIN

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As the end of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is nothing but a most ardent and tender love for Jesus Christ, it is clear, that to possess this devotion, we must be in the state of grace, and have an extreme horror for every kind of sin. As the Sacred Heart is the fountain of purity, not only will nothing defiled be permitted to enter therein, but only what is most pure, and most capable of pleasing Him. Whatever may be said or done for His love and glory, unless accompanied by innocence of life, is a dishonour to Him. The court of Jesus Christ is composed only of the most pure souls ; His Heart cannot endure sin ; one single hair disarranged, that is to say, the smallest failing, the least stain, gives Him a sort of horror.


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But, on the contrary, how ready an approach have innocence and purity to the Sacred Heart. Jesus loved St. John, because, as the Church sings, his singular chastity had made him worthy of being loved with a singular love. He was loved in the highest degree, says St. Cyril (St. Cyril. Alex. Comment, on St. John’s Gospel, b. xii), because he possessed extreme purity of heart. Souls that aspire to true devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, are souls that aspire to the quality of favourites of our adorable Saviour. The practice of this devotion consists, properly speaking, only in a more tender, a more familiar love of Jesus Christ than that which is entertained for Him by the greater number of the faithful. As soon as a soul becomes careless about committing deliberate venial sins, and intends only to preserve herself from those which are mortal, she is not only in great danger of speedily losing her innocence, and the grace of God, but she cannot hope to enjoy that inexplicable sweetness with which Jesus Christ usually fills those who love Him truly and without reserve.

It is plain, then, that at the same time that we undertake to be devout to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, we must resolve to neglect nothing in order to acquire a purity of heart, far higher than that of Christians of ordinary virtue. Indeed, the practices of this devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ are, themselves, most suitable means for acquiring this special purity.


#19

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II. SECOND DISPOSITION. — A Lively Faith.

The second disposition is a lively faith. A languid faith never produces a high degree of love. The reason why Jesus Christ is so little loved, although all agree that He is worthy of love, is because the great wonders, by which He makes His love known to us, are not believed as they ought to be.

What exertions are made to give a proper reception to any one who is thought powerful at court ? What attention, what modesty, what respect, are shown in the presence of a person who is believed to be a king, even though disguised in the rags of the poorest beggar ! What should we not do, then, in the presence of Jesus Christ upon our Altars ? What attention, what respect, but, above all, what love should we not manifest in the presence of so loving a Redeemer, our King, and our Judge, concealed under the lowly appearance of bread, did we but sincerely believe Him to be present ; or at least, did we but believe it with a lively faith ? The bones of a Saint inspire great respect ; the mere reading of his virtues creates in us a veneration and love for his person, because we have no doubt of the truth of what we have heard, or read, and yet the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, who is living on our Altars, even the sight of the prodigies He works in order to shew us His excessive love, hardly inspire us with any respect, much less love ! We never find the time long when we are with a person whom we love. How is it, then, that we find a quarter of an hour before the Blessed Sacrament so tedious ? We find a play too short, though it may have lasted several hours. A Mass in which Jesus Christ is really and truly offered in sacrifice for our sins, seems to us insupportably long, if it last half an hour ; and yet we are persuaded that the Play is but a fiction, the actors are not what they appear, and the whole performance is useless to us ; whilst on the other hand, we profess to believe, that in the sacrifice of our Altars the selfsame Victim is offered Who offered Himself on Calvary, and that nothing can be more useful to us than this most august sacrifice. “In divino hoc sacrificio, quod in missa peragitur, idem ille Christus continetur et incruente immolatur, qui in ara crucis semel, semetipsum cruente obtulit, una enim, eademque est hostia.” (Council of Trent, sess. xxii, chap 2.)


#20

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The third disposition is a great desire of having an ardent love of Jesus Christ. It is impossible to have a lively faith and live in innocence without being at the same time inflamed with a most ardent love of Jesus Christ, or at least with an ardent desire of loving Him. This desire of having an ardent love of Jesus Christ is a disposition absolutely necessary for acquiring the devotion to the Sacred Heart, which is itself a continual exercise of this ardent love. Jesus Christ never gives this love but to those who earnestly desire it. The capacity of our heart is measured by the greatness of its desires. All the Saints agree that the best disposition for acquiring a tender love of Jesus Christ is to have a great desire to love Him. Blessed, says the Son of God, are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill. A heart must necessarily be purified by this ardent desire to be in a condition to be enkindled by the pure flames of divine love. This ardent desire not only disposes our heart to be inflamed with love for Jesus Christ ; it also obliges our loving Saviour to enkindle in our hearts this sacred fire. Let us desire truly to love Him. Such a desire, we may say, is always efficacious. It is unheard of that Jesus Christ ever refused it His love.

Can we ask for anything more reasonable ? Is it possible for any easier condition to be required ? There is no Christian that does not pretend to have at least a wish to love Jesus Christ. But how then is it, if this desire be so suitable a disposition for acquiring an ardent love for Jesus Christ, that so few have an ardent love of Him, though all flatter themselves they possess this disposition, and Jesus Christ is always ready to give His love to those who are well disposed ? It is because our heart is filled with self-love, and what we call a desire of loving Jesus Christ is nothing but a mere speculation, a barren knowledge of the obligation we are under of loving Him. It is an act of the intellect, not of the will. This knowledge, which is common to all who have any sense of the benefits which they have received from Him, passes for a true desire in the minds of many who, provided they have some specious pretext for deceiving themselves, readily persuade themselves that they are in a good state of conscience. To convince ourselves that we have not a true desire of loving Jesus Christ, we have only to compare this pretended desire with any other desire which really influences us. How anxious we are, what efforts we make, when we love anything passionately ! We are wholly occupied by the desire, we think of it, we speak of it at all times, we are continually taking measures and seeking means, we even lose our sleep in order to ensure its accomplishment. And what similar effect has ever been produced in us by the desire we pretend to have of loving Jesus Christ ? Has the fear of not acquiring this love ever cost us much labour ? Does the thought of it occupy us much ? The truth is that we do not love Jesus Christ, and we are deceived when we flatter ourselves that we have a great desire of loving Him. The true desire of loving our divine Saviour approaches too nearly to true love, not to produce the same effects. It is in vain that we make use of all the artifices of self-love. It will never be true that we have a great desire to love Jesus Christ, as long as we love Him so little. There is great danger that these sort of fruitless desires, which we sometimes feel, of loving Jesus Christ, may be little sparks of an almost extinguished fire, and real signs of the tepidity in which we live. If we have not this ardent love for Jesus Christ, let us make, at least once in our life, some serious reflection on the obligation we are under of loving Him, and it is certain, that it will at least give rise to a true desire of being inflamed with this ardent love.


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