OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY – 16 – THE HOLY ROSARY – THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS!

October 16, 2019frjohnma

Today we celebrate St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) who between 1673 and 1956 had special visions that inspired the ancient devotion to the Sacred Heart. So, our prayer today is to Jesus through the Rosary for assistance to deepen our relationship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is interesting to note that there is a serious link between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Hence, the Blessed Virgin Mary in her promises of devotion to the Holy Rosary states the fourteenth promise, “All who recite the Rosary are my sons (daughters), and brothers (and sisters) of my only son Jesus Christ.”  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is not optional but essential and in order to understand and appreciate the Heart of Jesus, we need His Mother. His Mother has generously given us a spiritual tool to communicate contemplatively with the Sacred Heart of Jesus – the Holy Rosary. The mysteries of the Rosary reveals so much about the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

What is it that attracted Jesus to us? Our state of misery caused by our sinfulness but repaired by His redemptive act that was carried out on the Cross of Calvary. This action of Jesus is completely that of Love. It is time to ask the pertinent question, what is devotion to the Sacred Heart? “Sacred Heart” refers to the Heart of Jesus of Nazareth who is the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the chief aspect of His person. Sacred Heart “Devotion” means devotion to the Heart of Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Note, to be devoted does not only mean to say certain prayers (like Morning Offering, Act of Reparation and Daily Renewal) or observe certain practices like receiving Holy Eucharist frequently. No doubt these are good but “To live out devotion to the Heart of Christ we need to let the Love of God touch us and re-create us, and then respond by totally dedicating, totally committing, (and) totally offering ourselves to Him.”

Comments (8)

  • Mrs Otu paulyn

    October 16, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    May God Almighty totally take control of our lives as we struggle to serve Him amen.

    1. Idu

      October 17, 2019 at 5:07 am

      Amen 🙏🏿

      1. frjohnma

        October 17, 2019 at 12:50 pm

        Thanks a lot

  • Sinulo

    October 16, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Fr.,Thanks so much for the motivating reflection.

  • Juliana-Mary UKEJE

    October 17, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Thank you very much Father for this reflection; I was really touched by this portion ‘devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus shouldn’t be optional, but essential’!
    May more Souls come to realize this and so set the world on fire with greater love for Him, as well as make it a total dominion of His kingdom, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Amen. Glory to Jesus! Honour to Mary!

    1. frjohnma

      October 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks for your words and prayers. I prayerfully wish you well. Amen

  • Idu

    October 17, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Amen 🙏🏿

    1. frjohnma

      October 17, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks a lot

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