Ed.- Bart Tesoriero, Nihil Obstat rev. Francis Vivona, S.T.M., J.C.L. [ISBN1-936020-92-8]
After the apparition ended in 1675, St. Margaret Mary spent the rest of her life for Jesus’ honor and glory by spreading the devotion to His Sacred Heart. She consecrated herself along with her Visitation sisters, to Jesus’ Sacred Heart and had oil paintings, a statue, and booklets made up and distributed. In 1688 the sisters at Paray-le-Monial built a chapel of the Sacred Heart, and permission to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart was granted in 1689. In 1729 this permission was extended to Poland, France, the entire Order of the Visitation Nuns and to the Arch-confraternity of the Sacred Heart to the entire Church.
Father Jean Croiset, S.J., spiritual director of Saint Margaret Mary after Saint Claude de la Colombiere, wrote the book, Devotion to the Sacred Heart”, at Our Lord’s request through Saint Margaret Mary. St Margaret Mary told Father Croiset prophetically that it was so much in line with our Lord’s Will that it would never need any revision, which indeed came to pass.
Sister Margaret Mary had completed her mission, and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was established in the Church. She said, “ I no longer wish for anything but to procure the glory of the Sacred Heart….. Sometimes such an ardent desire to make It reign in all hearts is kindled within me that there is nothing I would not do and suffer to bring this about.”
On June 11, 1899, Pope Leo XIII solemnly consecrated all humanity to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Catholics of France especially clung to the devotion to thee Sacred heart as one of their strongest hopes for salvation in the troubling years that lay ahead of them in the 20th Century. St Therese of Lisieux had a deep devotion to Jesus in the Sacred Heart, and she includes an act of oblation to Jesus as part of her famous journal, “Story of a Soul”.
In his own Journal of a Soul, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote, “I feel as if I would be ready to shed my blood for the cause of the Sacred Heart.” My fondest wish is to be able to do something for that precious object of Love.”
The pontiffs from Pope Leo XXIII to Pope Francis all proclaimed the devotion to the Sacred heart of Jesus is a privileged way to show our love for God. Pope Pius XII quoted Pope Leo XIII in declaring that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is “the most effective school of the love of God….which must be the foundation on which to build the kingdom of God in the hearts of individuals, families and nations.”
Pope Saint John Paul II in his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, writes that “the redemption of the world – this tremendous mystery of love in which creation is renewed – is, at its deepest root, the dullness of justice in a human Heart – the heart of the first-born Son – in order that it may become justice in the hearts of many human beings, predestined from eternity in the Firstborn Son to be children of God and called to grace, called to love,” thus the Church honors Jesus’ Sacred Heart and call us to follow Him into the Kingdom. (pg17 devotion booklet)
JUNE THE MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART:
In 1833, Angele de Sainte-Croix was a student at a convent school in Paris. One day after prayer, she told the principal that it wasn’t fair that the Blessed Mother had the whole month of May to herself, while the Sacred heart had only one day! The Reverend mother suggested that Angele pass the idea on to the Arche-Bishop of Paris, which she did during his visit to the whole student body. The Arch Bishop accepted her proposal enthusiastically and dedicated the month of June in the Arch-Diocese of Paris to the Sacred Heart, for the conversion of sinners and the return of all France to the Catholic Faith.
The Sacred Heart. INDULGENCES
This devotion, long privately practiced, was approved by Pius IX, 8 May, 1873 (Rescr. auth., n. 409), and urgently recommended by Leo XIII in a letter addressed by the Cardinal Prefect S.R.C. to all the bishops, 21 July, 1899. Indulgences: (a) seven years and seven quarantines each day for performing the devotion publicly or privately; (b) if the devotion is practiced daily in private, or if a person assists at least ten times at a public function, a plenary indulgence on any day in June or from 1-8 July (Decr. Urbis et orbis, 30 May, 1902); (c) the indulgence “toties quoties” on the thirtieth of June or the last Sunday of June (26 Jan., 1908) in those churches where the month of June is celebrated solemnly. Pius X (8 Aug., 1906) urged a daily sermon, or at least for eight days in the form of a mission (26 Jan., 1908); (d) to those priests, who preach the sermons at the solemn functions in June in honor of the Sacred Heart and to the rectors of the churches where these functions are held, the privilege of the Gregorian Altar on the thirtieth of June (Pius X, 8 Aug., 1906);
(e) plenary indulgence for each Communion in June and to those who promote the solemn celebration of the month of June (“Acta Pontificia”, IV, 388, 8 Aug., 1906). [ http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10542a.htm]
City of God.Blog “How great is that!! (e)” Another great Saint sent to our Church, from our Lord. following the schism of Protesting “All things Catholic”. “I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me. (Jn17:23)