The "Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus"

A Message from our Rector

"MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS"


Dear Parishioners,

June is traditionally the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many people at St. Jude are familiar with devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart, although many are not. This devotion became popular in the church at a time when there was an overemphasis on the justice of God and the punishment of sinners. Devotion to the Sacred Heart was a reminder of the mercy and compassion of the Lord. We read in Psalms that “the Lord is slow to anger, rich in mercy.”

In the mid-17th Century, a French nun, Mary Margaret Alacoque, had a vision of Christ. This is how she reposted the vision : “I could plainly see His heart, pierced and bleeding, yet there were flames, too, coming from it, and a crown of thorns around it. He told me to behold His heart, which so loved humanity. Then He seemed to take my very heart from me and place it there in His heart. In return, He gave me back part of His flaming heart.”

The heart of Jesus is a symbol of Christ’s intense love for us. That love was most clearly demonstrated on the Cross. The Gospel of Saint John tells that upon His death, a soldier pierced Jesus’ side with a lance, thus exposing the heart that loved us “even unto death.” In turn, Christ desires that we love others with His heart. The desire “to love with Jesus’ heart” is the soul of Christian charity and justice.

To His Sacred Heart, Jesus invites all people. He says, “Come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart.” May we place all our concerns and cares into the heart of Jesus, and may He continue to help us love with His Sacred Heart.

Your Brother in Christ,
Fr. Proulx


 


Reverend Arthur J. Proulx
Cathedral Rector,
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle

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