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Let heart speak unto heart

Let heart speak unto heart

In the thirteenth century, St John the Evangelist appeared to St Gertrude and announced to her that, ‘the meaning of the blessed beating of the heart of Jesus which he had heard while his head rested on His breast, was reserved for the latter times when the world, grown old and cold in divine love, would require to have its fervor renewed by means of this mystery of burning love.’

We undoubtedly live in those ‘latter times’, in a world that has grown ‘cold in divine love’.  However, don’t despair because St Gertrude goes on to say that in Jesus’ Sacred Heart, ‘the praise and thanks we give to God and all our good works are ennobled and become acceptable to the Father’.

Tomorrow, on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are truly blessed to have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our parish until noon.  If you are fortunate enough to be able to come and spend some time in prayer and adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, then tomorrow’s Solemnity provides a wonderful opportunity simply to contemplate the ‘mystery of burning love’, poured out in unbounded charity.

When we adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we have the opportunity to experience the same intimacy that the beloved disciple enjoyed.  We too can lean our heads on his breast and listen to the beating of his Sacred Heart.

We let ‘heart speak unto heart’.  And in that stillness, we listen to the gentle, humble Heart of the Lord of love and through His grace, we respond with a heart that grows in an ever-closer likeness to His own Sacred Heart.

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