Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, First Part – Motives

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One of the most profound devotions is that of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saint Louis, roi de France médias will dive deeper into this devotion and offer commentary on it as necessary.

First, why the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

It is intended to instruct the faithful, and satisfy their pious desires. (Preface)

 

Like most devotions that Catholics are unaware of or unfamiliar with, there will be a hesitancy or reluctance to practice it, even if it approved. Therefore books that are often times written by subject matter experts (confessors, Bishops, theologians) , serve as ice breakers for lay people to learn more about devotions.

Father John Croiset explains the devotion means and what it consists of.

What is meant by Devotion to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in what it consists.

The particular object of this devotion is the immense love of the Son of God, which has induced Him to die for us, and to give Himself wholly to us in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar, and this, although He foresaw all the ingratitude and outrages which He was to meet with in this state of a victim immolated till the end of ages; preferring rather to expose himself daily to the insults and contempt of mankind, than to fail in showing us, by the greatest of all wonders, to what an excess He loves us.

This is what has enkindled the piety and zeal of many. Reflecting on the little gratitude that is shown for such an excess of love, the little love that is felt for Jesus Christ, and the little value that is set upon His love for us, they have been unable to endure to see Him daily so ill-treated, without protesting to Him their just grief and their excessive desire to repair, as far as they can, so much ingratitude and contempt, by their ardent love, by their profound respect, and by every sort of homage in their power.

It is with this intention that certain days in the year have been chosen in order to make a more special recognition of the excessive love of Jesus Christ for us in the adorable Sacrament; and at the same time, to make Him some reparation of honour for all the indignities and all the contempt which He has received, and still receives daily, in this mystery of love. And certainly, this grief at the sight of the little love shown to Jesus Christ in this adorable mystery, this intense sorrow at seeing Him so ill-treated, these practices of devotion which are suggested by love alone, and which have no other aim but to repair, as far as possible, the outrages He there endures, are, without doubt, real proofs of an ardent love for Jesus Christ, and visible signs of a just gratitude.

It is easy to see that the object and principal motive of this devotion is, as we have already said, the immense love which Jesus Christ has for men, whilst they for the most part feel only contempt, or at least indifference, for Him.

 

Father John Croiset mentions "although He foresaw all the ingratitude and outrages which He was to meet with" which is a specific refernce to Our Lord when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane and all of the sins of mankind that ever happened up until then and will ever happen until the end of time were revealed in the twinkle of eye to Our Lord.

It was despite this that the Devotion brings to light "the immense love of the Son of God, which has induced Him to die for us, and to give Himself wholly to us in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar". The devotion is essentially a remembrance of all of mankind's sins against Our Lord and his ardent love for us, to die for us, and to ultimately save us.

Father John Croiset mentions that Our Lord was "preferring rather to expose himself daily to the insults and contempt of mankind" which meant he chose to show us that he never stopped loving us.

The devotion is meant to inspire and pay reparations. The "practices of devotion which are suggested by love alone" and "which have no other aim but to repair, as far as possible, the outrages He there endures". The motive of the Devotion is that  immense love which Jesus Christ has for men.

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