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  2. cappie

    Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Jesus understands the way of the heart. Again and again what moved Jesus to work and to weep, to help and to heal, was a heart of compassion. At the very heart of Jesus’ good news was compassion, which literally means “to suffer together” with another person. “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” he says, “and do not let them be afraid.”[viii] He says repeatedly, “Do not be afraid.” “Learn from me,” he says, “for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus understands the way of the heart. After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, two disciples were walking to Emmaus and Jesus mysteriously joins them and shares conversation with them. How do they describe their experience with Jesus? They recalled, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road?” This is the shared language of the heart. In the late 17th century, a French nun had a vision of Jesus’ Heart. His heart was enwrapped in thorns and ablaze in flames; ascending from the top of Jesus’ heart was the cross. Though in earlier centuries, many people had reported mystical visions of Jesus’ heart, this particular image of Jesus’ heart – with flames, and thorns and a cross – literally caught fire. This became the image of devotion for The Sacred Heart of Jesus: the ring of thorns, the flames, the cross. The flames are a symbol of love kindled. What is being burned by this fire of love: fear, despair, hopelessness, inadequacy, dread, sadness, grief, loneliness. The sacred heart of Jesus, on fire with love for you. Then there’s the crown of thorns borne by our Savior. If we remember back to Jesus’ meeting with the Apostle Thomas following the resurrection, it was only after Thomas saw and touched the wounds on Jesus’ hands and in his side that Thomas could fully believe that this was Jesus, the crucified, resur­rected Jesus, the Savior. Jesus is the wounded healer. Jesus’ compassion for the suffering of humankind is not just historical; Jesus’ compassion is present now, his heart broken open for the world, and for you. And then the image of the cross atop the Jesus’ heart: Jesus’ cross and your cross, the cross or crosses you have taken up in life, what has just killed you in life, and yet you live again. For biblical Jews, the heart did not so much represent that extraordinary muscle that beats in our chests as much as the unity and singleness of human beings. If the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is about anything it is about the symbol of the heart, the heart is seen as the center and symbol of the deepest expressions of love. The focus of devotion is based entirely upon the symbolism of the heart. It is the symbolism that imparts meaning and unity, and it is this symbolism that the artistic representation of the wounded heart of Jesus attempts to complete. From a time that is only a vague memory in humanity’s history; people have resorted to symbolic expressions of things that they have found mysterious and inexplicable. The representation of the heart of Jesus is something of a sensible sign of Jesus’ senselessly limitless and entirely inexplicable love for humanity and the representation of a wounded heart is meant to recall the invisible wound of this love; the heart of God broken in our rejection of that love. Since in images of the Sacred Heart, the symbolic expression must dominate all else, anatomical accuracy is not sought anymore than it is sought in this icon. Any such accuracy would injure the devotion by rendering the symbolism less evident. Since the heart is above all else an emblem of love, the devotion is entirely to the love of Jesus. So if we honor the Sacred Heart we in fact honor the love of Jesus for humanity through a symbol, a metaphor, because words fail when we attempt to give expression to what cannot be literally expressed. God’s love is everywhere manifested. In Jesus, the God-man, it is uniquely expressed in that his divine love and his human love are inseparable as are his divine and human natures. I think that it is important to remember that Jesus had a human heart and that the human heart, in its fullest and most authentic expression, never lies far from the very heart of God. The Sacred Heart of Jesus draws us to those truths.
  3. Gary david

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Twilight zone
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  5. Nunsuch

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    In early August, Sister Jane Aseltyne will make first vows with the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Michigan. She has completed 2 years of candidacy and 2 of novitiate. Her college debt has been alleviated through the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations. https://www.nfcrv.org/jane-aseltyne
  6. little2add

    Laughter is good medicine.....

    Hide and seek
  7. little2add

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  8. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Safe zone
  9. chrysostom

    Corpus Christi Processions

    Beautiful and moving.
  10. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    https://catholicexchange.com/how-to-receive-holy-communion-to-the-fullest?mc_cid=bdc4d6d931&mc_eid=1ea4a385a2 Excerpt: Common Priesthood of the Faithful: Live Out the Offertory If you have a chance, view the movie The Greatest Miracle or El Gran Milagro (in both English and Spanish). This movie, in a clear, appealing, and dynamic fashion explains the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by means of claymation. All done in 70 minutes. Among the themes worthy of highest praise is the presentation of how the Guardian Angel teaches the importance of living out the Mass by means of participating fully, actively, and consciously in the Offertory of the Mass. By this, the priest offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but the faithful who participate in the Mass are called to make their own offering in the Mass—called the Offertory! This is done by making a spiritual offering of oneself and placing it on the altar, placing it on the paten where the priest’s Host is deposited which will become the Precious Body of Jesus. Also, one is called to place one’s intentions in the chalice where the wine will be transformed into the Precious Blood of Jesus. If done seriously, your Communions will have infinite value and efficacy for you, the Church, and the whole world, even the souls in Purgatory!
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  12. Diane Wurster

    Old Broken Rosaries... Re-Used?

    @CatherineM I fix a lot of the broken rosaries that I get. Some, unfortunately, are too broken so I turn the parts into jewelry. I have to admit that I have a huge collection of gorgeous rosaries, most are ones I fixed- some from my childhood and some passed down as well. Do you sell the rosaries you fix? I would love to see some!
  13. CatherineM

    Old Broken Rosaries... Re-Used?

    I use recycled centres and crucifix’s from broken rosaries to make new ones.
  14. You are invited… Who: Single women, ages 16—26 What: Come to meet Sisters, to pray, to hear inspiring talks, to search your heart, to listen to God! Why: To retreat from your busy life to enjoy some days to work on discovering your vocation! When: From Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. until Saturday, August 3, 4:00 p.m. Where: St. Francis Convent, 102 6th St SE, Hankinson, North Dakota For more information, or to register, Contact Sr. Jean Louise. Email: ndfranciscan@yahoo.com or text 701.208.1245 by July 24. https://www.facebook.com/events/1069991119840352/
  15. dUSt

    Laughter is good medicine.....

    lol
  16. sr.christinaosf

    Thoughts from a Franciscan Sister

    Thanks! :)
  17. BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    HYMN (From Morning Prayer) Now that the daylight fills the sky We lift our hearts to God on high, That He, in all we do or say, Would keep us free from harm today: Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife; From anger's din would hide our life; From evil sights would turn our eyes; Would close our ears to vanities. So we, when this new day is gone and night in turn is drawing on, With conscience by the world unstained Shall praise His name for vict'ry gained. To God the Father and the Son And Holy Spirit, three in one, Be endless glory as before The world began, so evermore. Amen. It is certain that God cannot, will not, never did, reject a charitable man in his greatest need and in his most passionate prayers; for God himself is love, and every degree of charity that dwells in us is the participation of the Divine Nature. - Jeremy Taylor (From Dominican Sisters of Peace)
  18. BarbaraTherese

    Laughter is good medicine.....

    If anything illustrates that twins can have a unique bond, this does.........
  19. Seven77

    Boyfriend calling to Priesthood

    I don't know, the author just seems to kinda come off rather unapproving on religious vocation and vocation to the priesthood… and just because someone is discerning doesn't mean that "they are just not into you." I think it's a rather delicate situation for both involved. And let's not forget about women discerning… That is tough as well. I think I could cry if my gf, if I had one said she was discerning. But I would ultimately be happy because she has certainly chosen the better (obvious understatement) man. The God-Man.
  20. Seven77

    Corpus Christi Processions

    Anyone participate in a Corpus Christi Procession yesterday? How was it?
  21. Seven77

    Old Broken Rosaries... Re-Used?

    Celestial bling--- clever name and clever way of using broken rosaries.
  22. Diane Wurster

    Old Broken Rosaries... Re-Used?

    I make religious jewelry out of broken rosaries and other vintage religious jewelry and findings with the hope it will bring the faithful comfort and joy when they wear it. I also hope that it will bring the wearer who is not religious closer to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I pray over each broken rosary I use that such would be the case. I also hope that the faithful feels empowered by wearing religious jewelry that I, or anyone else, makes. Is this wrong? You can look at my jewelry and see if you think it's not appropriate as jewelry at www.etsy.com/shop/Celestialbling Diane
  23. wellse44

    Convents With The Latin Mass

    I was a postulant at Valley of Our Lady; they do not have the Traditional Latin Mass as they rely on diocesan priests to say their mass. So, they get what they get. They do, however, chant the office and the propers for the Mass in Latin. Sometimes they have the NO in latin.
  24. Lilllabettt

    Boyfriend calling to Priesthood

    http://seraphicsinglescummings.blogspot.com/2010/10/discern-this-drama-boy.html?m=1 If he isnt sure, he shouldn't be dating anyone seriously. If you are interested in a serious relationship you need a different guy. You deserve to be with someone who is sure. Hes not the guy.
  25. Not A Mallard

    Drop a word, keep a word

    safe haven
  26. little2add

    Drop a word, keep a word

    Stay safe
  27. Martyneeky

    FREE CATHOLIC BOOKS

    FREE CATHOLIC EBOOKS Download and read Free catholic books from https://maryourhelp.org/Ebooks.html The Catholic Ebooks found on the website are divided into various categories which includes: Ebooks on saints, Ebook on all ecumenical councils, Ebooks on angels, St augustine of hippo e-books, Catholic books, Catholic encyclopedia, Books on catholic theology, E-books on christology, Books on mariology, Books on eucharist, E-books on exorcism, Books on marian apparitions, Books on papal encyclical, Marian e-books, Books on martyrs, Books on miracles, Books on st joseph, E-books on purgatory, E-books on monks & hermits, Book on all the church's constitutions, declarations and decrees, Ebooks on trinity, Books on vulgate. Free catholic ebooks link: https://maryourhelp.org/Ebooks.html
  28. AveMariaPurissima

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Sr. Chiara Marie PCC of the Barhamsville Poor Clares made her First Profession this past Saturday June 22. http://pcheartponderings.blogspot.com/2019/06/sister-chiara-marie-makes-her-first.html
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