In remembrance. . .

Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 The heart of the Redeemer enlivens the whole Church and draws men who have opened their hearts “to the inscrutable wealth” of this unique Heart. . . .

 I desire in a special to join spiritually with all those who inspire their human hearts from this Divine Heart.  It is a numerous family.  Not a few congregations, associations and communities live and develop in the Church, taking their vital energy in a programmed way from the Heart of Christ.  This spiritual bond always leads to a great reawakening of apostolic zeal.  Adorers of the Divine Heart become people with sensitive consciences.  And when it is given to them to have a relationship with the Heart of our Lord and Master, then need also reawakens in them to do reparation for the sins of the world, for the indifference of so many hearts, for their negligence.

 How necessary these ranks of vigilant hearts are in the Church, so that the Love of the Divine Heart shall not remain isolated and without response!  In these ranks, special mention deserves to be made of all those who offer up their sufferings as living victims in union with the Heart of Christ pierced on the cross.  Transformed in that way by love, human suffering becomes a particular leaven of Christ’s saving work in the Church. . . .

 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us, above all, of those moments when this Heart was “pierced by the lance,” and, thereby, opened in a visible manner to man and the world.  By reciting the litany and venerating the Divine Heart in general, we learn the mystery of the Redemption in all its divine and human profundity.

                       Prayers and Devotions - John Paul II.

Offered on the eighty-fifth anniversary, May 18, of the birth of Karol Jozef Wojtyla†.

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