Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Tomorrow is the First Friday of March. Especially during this season Lent, it is good for us to ponder, more deeply and more often, the great suffering of Our Lord, Who loved us to the end. On First Fridays, we offer reparation for our sins and for all the sins of the world, especially in those who have shown indifference and ingratitude toward the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is of great antiquity in the Church. It was St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, however, who made this devotion widespread. In 1675, within the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi, our Lord appeared to her and said: “Behold this heart which, not withstanding the burning love for men with which it is consumed and exhausted, meets with no other return from most Christians than sacrilege, contempt, indifference and ingratitude, even in the sacrament of my love [the Eucharist]. But what pierces my heart most deeply is that I am subjected to these insults by persons especially consecrated to my service.” (CNA)
For more information on the history and practice of the First Friday Devotion see HERE