Devotion to the Sacred Heart Is Older Than You Think

Discussing Ancient Devotions to the Sacred Heart.

When we think of devotion to the Sacred Heart, we think of Saint Margaret Mary. However, before her came Saint John Eudes, (17th century) who the Roman Breviary says was the author of devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Saint Mechtilde (13th century) wrote Love of the Sacred Heart.

From Ancient Devotions to the Sacred Heart From the beginning of Elevations of the Sacred Heart by Sister Jeanne-Madeleine Joly: "One of the soldiers with a spear opened His side. From this last circumstance of our Saviour's Passion we learn three useful lessons. First we learn that if, by renouncing the world and sin, we are truly dead with Jesus Christ, we must be wounded with Him by the sharp spear of Divine love. This is the sentiment with which the Bridegroom in the Canticle exclaims: "Thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse." And it was in the same way that St. Augustine desired to be wounded
"when he said "O my sweet Saviour, by the life giving Wounds Thou hast received on the Cross for our sal va tion, by the hoI y Wounds which have shed Thy Precious Blood for our redemption, pierce, I beseech Thee, my sinful soul for which Thou hast vouchsafed to die; pierce it through and through with the burning darts of Thy supreme charity. I beseech Thee, most merciful Lord, so to penetrate my heart with the flaming arrows of thy mighty love, that tears of devout tenderness may spring abundantly from this blessed wound. Strike, o good Jesus, this hard and unfeeling heart of mine with the irresistible force of Thy holy love, so that it alone may fill my thoughts and my affections."
From this same event of the Passion we also learn, according to St. John Chrysostom, that we should receive the Sacraments of the Church with the same fervour and devotion as if they still flowed for us from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. The Wound of His Heart is the source of the Sacraments. ..."

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