“My Divine Heart so ardently loves men that, unable to contain within itself any longer the flames of its burning love, it must spread them with your assistance, and thus it will show itself that all men may be enriched with its most precious treasures.” – Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
For our monthly novena, join us in praying to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from June 7–15th, in preparation for the Sacred Heart feast day on June 16th.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus started in 1673 when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun. During these apparitions, He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. He asked that Catholics receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays of the month and adore Him in the Holy Eucharist. As Jesus explained this desire along with His love for all people, St. Margaret was allowed to lay her head on His heart – an experience that we can only imagine would transform our lives.
In 1675, Jesus told St. Margaret that He wanted an annual feast in honor of His Sacred Heart. Finally, in 1856, Blessed Pope Pius IV designated the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated universally on the Friday after the Corpus Christi octave each year.
There are two things that are always found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. We see Jesus’ heart on fire because the flames of love for us cannot be contained. His heart indicates God’s relentless and unending love for humanity. We know this by the ultimate sacrifice. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
St. John Paul II, another great devotee of the Sacred Heart, said, “In the Sacred Heart, every reassure of wisdom and knowledge is hidden. In that Divine Heart beats God’s infinite love for everyone, for each one of us individually.”
We are closer to Jesus’ heart than we know.
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32, Verse 26-27
26 I said: I will make
an end of them and blot out their name from human memory, 27
had I not FEARED the provocation by the enemy, that their foes might
misunderstand, and say, “Our own hand won the victory; the LORD had nothing to
do with any of it.”
on the humility of Saint Joseph this day; ask for his assistance and special
JOSEPH was descended from the kingly line of David and was a kinsman of the
Blessed Virgin Mary (Matt. i. 1-16). The Gospel gives him the praise of being
just (Matt. i. 19), that is, a man distinguished for all virtues. And surely,
as he was chosen from all other men by God to be the foster-father of His Son,
he undoubtedly excelled, in virtues and sanctity, all saints then living. Of
his youth nothing certain is known to us, and of his later life we know only
what the Gospel relates. He was a carpenter (Matt. xiii. 55), and lived at
Nazareth, in Galilee (Luke ii. 4). Being espoused to Mary, he was inclined,
upon learning that she was with child, to put her away privately, not wishing
to expose her to public reproach but being instructed by an angel, he took her
to himself, in obedience to the command of God, went with her to Bethlehem, and
afterwards, with Mary and the new-born child, fled, without timidity, to Egypt
(Matt. ii. 13). At the command of the angel, he returned thence, and again
dwelt in Nazareth (Matt. ii. 23). From this place they went every year to the
feast at Jerusalem, where it happened that Jesus, then twelve years old,
remained behind them in the temple, and was anxiously sought for by them. More
than this is not told us. At the time of the marriage at Cana it would seem
that he was no longer living, since there is no mention made of him. Though
little is said of him, that little is rich in profitable instruction. How
worthy to be admired and imitated is his example his chastity, his tenderness
towards Mary, his forbearing to pronounce a judgment in regard to her condition
when he could not explain it, his quick and unreserved obedience towards God
and the commands of authority, his love for Jesus, and his care for both the
mother and the child. On account of his sanctity God has specially distinguished
him by miracles, and the Church honors him in a particular manner. In the
Litany of the Saints he is named among the patriarchs, and the feast of his
patronage is celebrated on the third Sunday after Easter. Venerate, therefore,
St. Joseph choose him for your protector in life and in death, and make
yourself worthy of his protection by following his example.
encourage us to veneration for St. Joseph St. Teresa wrote “I do not remember
to have asked St. Joseph for anything which he did not grant me. The great
favors which God has granted me through him, and the many dangers of soul and
body from which he has freed me, truly deserve admiration. It seems that God
has granted to other saints the grace of assisting, in particular needs, those
who invoke their intercession; but this glorious saint assists in all needs.
The Lord seems thereby to indicate that, as He was subject to Joseph on earth,
so now He grants him whatever he asks for. The same thing has been experienced
by persons whom I have advised to recommend themselves to him.” “I would gladly
advise everyone,” says St. Alphonsus, to have a great devotion towards this
saint, since I have experienced what graces he can obtain from God. For several
years I have asked him, on his feast, for some particular grace, and every time
my petition has been granted. As we all have to die, we should have a
particular devotion towards St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death
for all Catholic Christians consider him to be an intercessor for the dying,
and that he assists, at the hour of death, those who venerate him; and this for
Because Jesus loves him, not only as a friend, but as a father, on which
account his intercession is more powerful than that of any other saint.
Because St. Joseph obtained special power against the evil spirits who tempt us
at the hour of death.
The assistance which Jesus and Mary gave to Joseph at the hour of his own death
procured for him the right to obtain a holy and easy death for his dependents. If
in their dying hour they invoke his aid, not only will he assist them, but he
will obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary. “Ought not these words
of a great saint encourage you to venerate St. Joseph every day? Should not the
hope of dying one day under the protection of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, move you
to devotion to the foster-father of Jesus?”
to St. Joseph.
most chaste Joseph, who, by thy purity and other exalted virtues, wast worthy
to be chosen for the spouse of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, I beseech
thee, by the great graces of which thou wast made partaker, that thou wouldst,
by thy intercession, obtain for all parents grace to rear their children piously;
for all married persons who are distressed and afflicted through poverty and
tribulations consolation and encouragement; for all unmarried persons who have
devoted their chastity to God the grace of perseverance; and, finally, for all
the dying the grace to come, after a happy death, to thy fosterchild, Jesus
Christ, Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth one God,
world without end. Amen.
Wednesday-St. Joseph Devotion
while a student in Manaus, Brazil, 22-year-old Edson Glauber received an
apparition of the Blessed Mother with Jesus and St. Joseph. The apparitions continued when he returned to his hometown of Itapiranga
which is about 650 miles southwest of Sao Paulo and about 880 miles from Rio de
Janeiro. Another 770-plus miles southwest happens to be the site of other
approved apparitions in San
Nicolas, Argentina. Edson’s mother Maria
do Carmo would also receive some apparitions. Bishop Gritti, who died this past
June, met with them several times. He celebrated Mass publicly at the site of the apparitions and helped
to build the
sanctuary there. Mary
appeared under the title of “Queen of the Rosary and of Peace.” Much like
Fatima, her messages stressed the need for conversion, praying the Rosary,
Mass, Confession and Holy Communion and penance to save the world mired in
unbelief and sin. She and Jesus urged devotion to St. Joseph’s Most Chaste
St. Joseph’s major revelations began Mar. 1, 1998. He spoke about devotion to his chaste heart and
made the first of several promises. He began, “My dear son, Our Lord God has
sent me to tell you about all the graces the faithful will receive from my Most
Chaste Heart which Jesus and my blessed spouse wish to be honored…Through
devotion to my Chaste Heart many souls will be saved from the hands of the
Devil. God our Lord has allowed for me to reveal to you the promises of my
I am fair and righteous in the sight of God, all who have devotion to my Heart
will also be chaste, righteous and holy in His sight. I will fill you with these
graces and virtues, making you grow every day on the road of holiness.”
St. Joseph came with the Child Jesus who reclined on his heart. Joseph revealed
that God wanted to give countless graces through devotion to his heart. “My son
and Lord Jesus, that I brought up here on earth, with a father's love, desires
that all men practice devotion to my Heart, for all those in need of graces
apparitions, the Virgin Mary and Jesus affirmed to Edson that Joseph has been
given great power and glory and, in these times, God wants people and the world
consecrated to the Heart of St. Joseph.
a second promise.
promise to all that honor this Most Chaste Heart of mine and who do here on
earth good deeds in favor of the most needy, especially of the sick and dying
for whom I am a consoler and protector, to receive in their last moment of
their lives the grace of a good death. I myself will be to these souls their
petitioner to my Son Jesus and, together with my spouse, Most Holy Mary, we
will console them in their last hours here on earth, with our holy presence and
they will rest in the peace of our hearts.
you saw my Son Jesus repose His head on my heart, this way myself and my spouse
Holy Mary will take these souls to the glory of paradise, in the presence of
their Savior, my Son Jesus Christ, so that they may repose, and incline
themselves to His Sacred Heart…”
Joseph did not shy away from the state of humanity’s hearts. He explained “how
sin spreads in a such a strong way! Men let themselves be led by the most
insidious wiles of the Devil. The enemy of salvation wants to destroy all men
so that, this way, all will be lost. He is envious and hates the entire human
race. So many go through trials and temptations that the enemy of God throws at
every moment, this way trying to destroy men’s mortal souls that were created
Joseph revealed a prime attack against us, something which has increased since
means that he most utilizes are the sins against holy purity, because purity is
one of the virtues most beloved by God, and in this way, Satan desires to
destroy the image of God present in each creature through this virtue. And it
is because of this, that God asks all humanity to have devotion to my Chaste
Heart. He wants to give men the grace to overcome the temptations and attacks
of the Devil in their day-to-day lives.”
Joseph can protect us in these attacks. His litany calls him ‘most chaste” and
“terror of demons.” St. Joseph made this promise. “The invocation of my name is
enough to make demons flee! I promise to all the faithful that honor my most
Chaste Heart with faith and love, the grace to live with holy purity of soul
and body and the strength to resist all attacks and temptations by the Devil. I
myself will preciously protect you.”
the grace would also be for their family members in need of divine help.
Joseph desires all sinners to be converted and saved. “Many are those who are
distant from God because of their grave sins. Many of those, my children, are
in that state because they let themselves fall to the wiles of the Devil. The
enemy of salvation makes them think there is no solution, nor return, because
they have despaired and have not trusted in divine mercy. These will be easy
targets for the Devil.”
says to “all sinners, even those who have committed the most terrible sins, to
trust in the love and in the forgiveness of God and to trust in me also, in my
intercession. All those who trustingly have recourse to me will have the
certainty of my help to recover the divine grace and mercy of God.”
wanting sinners to despair, he promised those who trust in his most pure Heart
and devotedly honor it, “the grace to be consoled by me in their greatest
afflictions of the soul and in the danger of judgment, when by misfortune lose
divine grace because of their grave sins. To these sinners, who have recourse
to me, I promise the graces of my Heart for the purpose of amendment, of
repentance and of sincere contrition of their sins. Now, I say to all sinners:
Do not be afraid of the Devil and do not despair because of your crimes, but
come throw yourselves in my arms and take refuge in my Heart so that you may
receive all the graces for your eternal salvation.”
with Today’s Problems
Joseph focused on life’s difficulties and offered consolation. “My Son Jesus,
through my Heart, wishes to impart to all men his divine blessings. I know many
of you suffer many great difficulties because, in these last times, men no
longer love or help one another but live with their hearts full of pride,
falsehood, lies, intrigue, ambition, backbiting, pettiness, and many wrong
things that are the consequences of living far from God.”
Joseph said to all who honor his Heart and trust in him and his intercession,
“I promise they will not be abandoned in their difficulties and in the trials
of life. I will ask Our Lord to help them with his Divine Providence in their
material and spiritual problems.”
mothers and fathers consecrating themselves and their families to his Heart,
St. Joseph assured help in afflictions and problems, and assistance with
raising up their children.
Sin: Consequences & His
spouse of Mary did not ignore the current world situation which in 1998 was
still 18 years from the multitude of today’s multiplying spiritual chaos.
“[M]y Son Jesus is very indignant with the sins of humanity.
desires to pour his divine justice upon all men that do not want to repent and
continue obstinately in their sins. Look, my son, I hold his right hand,
preventing Him from pouring out his justice upon all humanity. I ask Him,
through the graces of my Heart and for being worthy to live by his side, taking
care of him with the love of a father in this world, and for Him having loved
me with the love of a son, to not chastise the world for its crimes, but for
all my little ones who honor and will honor this Chaste Heart of mine, should
pour out his mercy upon the world.”
world’s many sins call humanity to repent and do penance, he said, “because God
receives continued offenses from ungrateful men. Today there are so many
outrages, the sacrilege and indifference by all men. It is because of this that
so many calamities like war, hunger and disease occur and so many other sad
things man has suffered because of man’s rebellion against God.”
Joseph made clear rebellion’s consequences. “God lets men follow their own
paths to show them all, without him, they will never be happy. He lets men go
through so much suffering, to also show them the consequences sin brings to
their lives and so then the divine justice punishes humanity because of their
obstinance in not being obedient to God's Will.
pointed out humanity is “increasingly obstinate in their crimes” because of
concern for worldly pleasures “rather than the love of God and his Commandments.
But God's justice is close at hand in a way never seen before and will come
about suddenly upon the whole world.”
should shake us, yet this most powerful saint extends a hope-filled solution.
All those who honor his Chaste Heart “will receive the grace of my protection
from all evils and dangers. For those who surrender to me will not be
slaughtered by misfortunes, by wars, hunger, by diseases and other calamities,
they will have my Heart as a refuge for their protection. Here, in my Heart,
all will be protected against the divine justice in the days that will come.
All who consecrate themselves to my Heart, honoring it, they will be looked
upon by my Son Jesus with eyes of mercy, Jesus will pour out his love and will
take to the glory of his Kingdom all those I put in my Heart.”
First Wednesdays — Request &
Joseph appeared on the first Wednesday of March 1998, he had a special request.
With the First Friday and First Saturday devotions, he was giving us a
companion devotion. He said,
first Wednesday of the month, my Chaste Heart pours numerous graces on all who
rely on my intercession. On these Wednesdays, men will not receive a shower of
simple graces, but very strong torrents of extraordinary graces! I will share them
with those who honor me and rely on me, all the blessings, all the virtues, and
all the love I received from my Divine Son Jesus and my spouse the Blessed
Virgin Mary while still living in this world and all the graces that I continue
to receive in the glory of paradise.”
request came with his great “promise to intercede before him for those who come
to me, honoring this Heart of mine. I will give them the graces to be able to
resolve the most difficult problems and urgent necessities, that to the eyes of
man seem impossible, but that, through my intercession to God, will be
possible. I grant the graces of my Heart to all sinners so they may convert.”
Joseph had made this same request during Our Lady of America’s apparitions in
March 1958, asking us to recite the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in memory of
his life with Jesus and Mary and the love he bore them and sorrow he suffered
with them, plus receive Holy Communion with the love which he received the
Savior and each time he held Jesus in his arms.)
Confirmed by Wife Mary
end of her husband’s appearances, the Blessed Virgin Mary made a promise
herself. “All who honor the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph will benefit with
my maternal presence in their lives in a special way.”
who ask of his Heart with trust, I promise to intercede before the Eternal
Father, my Divine Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I will obtain for them, from
God, the grace to reach perfect sanctity in the virtues of St. Joseph, this way
reaching the perfect love in which he lived. Men will learn to love my Son
Jesus and myself with the same love as my Most Chaste Spouse Joseph, receiving
the most pure love from our Hearts.
Jesus, my Chaste Spouse Joseph and I are at your side. Fear nothing, because
our hearts will protect you always.”
for Spreading Devotion to St. Joseph
yet something else St. Joseph said that’s we shouldn’t disregard.
those who propagate the devotion to my Heart, and practice it with love, have
the certainty of having their names engraved on it just as my Son Jesus' cross
and the "M" of Mary are engraved on it…”
all, “That all may spread devotion to my Heart, it is God Himself who asks it.”
Cernui – Down in Adoration Falling
of The Most
Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix,
to Priests, Deacons, Religious and the Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Phoenix
on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
My beloved Brothers and
Sisters in Christ,
Loving and Adoring the
82. The expression “waste time
in front of the Lord” should be understood only through the lens of love, of
which the saints are constant reminders. Blessed Charles de Foucauld wrote in
the presence of the Eucharist: “What a tremendous delight, my God! To spend
over fifteen hours without having anything else to do but look at you and tell
you, ‘Lord, I love you.’ Oh, what sweet delight.” True, this impressive
duration of time may have been an extraordinary gift to this holy man and
hermit. But the faith and love he bore in his heart for the Eucharist is a
supernatural gift available to every one of us, poured into our hearts by the
Holy Spirit to those who ask.
83. To all fathers and mothers,
let your children see that devotion to the Eucharist in adoration is an
essential, life-giving part of your schedule! As every parent knows, children
learn from consistent actions more than words. When I was a boy, I was deeply
impressed by the sight of my father genuflecting before the tabernacle. His
humble and straight-forward witness communicated more to me about the truth of
the Eucharist than even the best of catechists. When it comes to the Eucharist,
every child’s heart secretly asks: does Dad believe it? Does Mom believe it?
Tell them you do! But above all, show them you do. Eucharistic adoration does
this in a powerful way. It is never too late to start this practice, no matter
the age of your children.
84. There are a host of ways to
increase the time we spend in Eucharistic adoration. I’ll suggest just a few
for your consideration.
Make a ten-minute visit to the tabernacle in a
church or chapel on the way back from work, on the way to a family gathering,
or even on the way to a simple daily errand. It’s not about the length of time
spent; it is about the faith, hope, and love with which you spend those moments
in the Lord’s presence.
Find out when your parish has Eucharistic
adoration and schedule a weekly or monthly time (perhaps 30 to 60 minutes) and
stick to it. Consider inviting your spouse, family, or a friend to accompany
During your time of adoration, consider praying
the liturgy of the hours, the rosary, prayerfully reading the Scriptures,
reading a good spiritual book, or using a collection of prayers for use in the
adoration, or gazing on the Sacred Host in silence.
To be continued…
Which are the fruits of the Holy Ghost? They are the twelve following:
should be visible in the Christian, for thereby men shall know that the Holy Ghost
dwells in him, as the tree is known by its fruit.
Notice I have
placed the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in stairstep fashion so we may
reflect on them seeing that by concentrating on each step of our growth in the
spirit we may progress closer and closer to our heavenly Father. Today we will
be focusing on the sixth step which is goodness.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
SECTION ONE-"I BELIEVE" -
CHAPTER TWO GOD COMES TO MEET MAN
Article 3 SACRED SCRIPTURE
IV. The Canon of
120 It was by the apostolic
Tradition that the Church discerned which writings are to be included in the
list of the sacred books.
This complete list is called the
canon of Scripture. It includes 46 books for the Old Testament (45 if we count
Jeremiah and Lamentations as one) and 27 for the New.
The Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus,
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2
Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 and 2
Maccabees, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, the Wisdom of
Solomon, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Baruch,
Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,
Zephaniah, Haggai, Zachariah and Malachi.
The New Testament: the Gospels
according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the Acts of the Apostles, the
Letters of St. Paul to the Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians,
Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus,
Philemon, the Letter to the Hebrews, the Letters of James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2
and 3 John, and Jude, and Revelation (the Apocalypse).
The Old Testament
121 The Old Testament is an
indispensable part of Sacred Scripture. Its books are divinely inspired and
retain a permanent value, for the Old Covenant has never been revoked.
122 Indeed, "the economy of
the Old Testament was deliberately SO oriented that it should prepare for and
declare in prophecy the coming of Christ, redeemer of all men." "Even
though they contain matters imperfect and provisional, The books of the
Old Testament bear witness to the whole divine pedagogy of God's saving love:
these writings "are a storehouse of sublime teaching on God and of sound
wisdom on human life, as well as a wonderful treasury of prayers; in them, too,
the mystery of our salvation is present in a hidden way."
123 Christians venerate the Old
Testament as true Word of God. the Church has always vigorously opposed the
idea of rejecting the Old Testament under the pretext that the New has rendered
it void (Marcionism).
The New Testament
124 "The Word of God, which is
the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, is set forth and
displays its power in a most wonderful way in the writings of the New
Testament" which hand on the ultimate truth of God's Revelation.
Their central object is Jesus Christ, God's incarnate Son: his acts, teachings,
Passion and glorification, and his Church's beginnings under the Spirit's
125 The Gospels are the heart of
all the Scriptures "because they are our principal source for the life and
teaching of the Incarnate Word, our Savior".
126 We can distinguish three stages
in the formation of the Gospels:
1. the life and teaching of Jesus. the Church holds firmly that the four Gospels, "whose historicity she unhesitatingly affirms, faithfully hand on what Jesus, the Son of God, while he lived among men, really did and taught for their eternal salvation, until the day when he was taken up."
2. the oral tradition. "For, after the ascension of the Lord, the apostles handed on to their hearers what he had said and done, but with that fuller understanding which they, instructed by the glorious events of Christ and enlightened by the Spirit of truth, now enjoyed."
3. the written Gospels. "The sacred authors, in writing the four Gospels, selected certain of the many elements which had been handed on, either orally or already in written form; others they synthesized or explained with an eye to the situation of the churches, the while sustaining the form of preaching, but always in such a fashion that they have told us the honest truth about Jesus."
127 The fourfold Gospel holds a
unique place in the Church, as is evident both in the veneration which the
liturgy accords it and in the surpassing attraction it has exercised on the
saints at all times:
There is no doctrine which could be
better, more precious and more splendid than the text of the Gospel. Behold and
retain what our Lord and Master, Christ, has taught by his words and
accomplished by his deeds.
But above all it's the gospels that
occupy my mind when I'm at prayer; my poor soul has so many needs, and yet this
is the one thing needful. I'm always finding fresh lights there; hidden
meanings which had meant nothing to me hitherto.
The unity of the Old and New
128 The Church, as early as
apostolic times, and then constantly in her Tradition, has illuminated the
unity of the divine plan in the two Testaments through typology, which discerns
in God's works of the Old Covenant prefigurations of what he accomplished in
the fullness of time in the person of his incarnate Son.
129 Christians therefore read the
Old Testament in the light of Christ crucified and risen. Such typological
reading discloses the inexhaustible content of the Old Testament; but it must
not make us forget that the Old Testament retains its own intrinsic value as
Revelation reaffirmed by our Lord himself. Besides, the New Testament has
to be read in the light of the Old. Early Christian catechesis made constant
use of the Old Testament. As an old saying put it, the New Testament lies
hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.
130 Typology indicates the dynamic
movement toward the fulfilment of the divine plan when "God [will] be
everything to everyone." Nor do the calling of the patriarchs and the
exodus from Egypt, for example, lose their own value in God's plan, from the
mere fact that they were intermediate stages.
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus