Q: What is the Sacred Heart?
A: The Sacred Heart refers to the heart of Jesus, who loved humanity so much that he died for us, accepting us as we are, sins, baggage, and all. The Sacred Heart represents unconditional love, or perfect love, which is divine love. The love from person to person is beautiful in itself, but there is no love more pure than that of our savior for us.
Q: Where does the Sacred Heart come from?
A: The Sacred Heart originates from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a nun who lived in France during the 1600s. Jesus appeared to Margaret Mary in visions. Through these visions he urged her to share with the Church the love of God through the symbol of his heart.
Q: Why is the Sacred Heart important to us?
A: The Sacred Heart of Jesus is important to us because as Christians (followers of Christ), we are called to live a life like Christ. One way we can do this, is by striving to love the way God loves us, the way Jesus loves us…UNCONDITIONALLY. Unconditional love, perfect love, has no limits and accepts the other completely. How many times do we say we love someone, but the second they do something wrong, we are angry with them or even abandon our relationship with them? Love is more than a feeling, it is an act. And the act of unconditional love occurred on a cross, when God the father gave up his son, and Jesus the son gave up his life. We are the ones who are blessed to receive this love in the Eucharist every time we go to Mass. As St. Margaret Mary Alacoque reminds us, “One cannot live without suffering. He [Jesus] showed us this very clearly on the cross, where He was consumed for love of us. And it is still the same every day in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar…since love makes lovers one in likeness, if we love, let us model our lives on His.”
I would like to dedicate this post to my grandpa, Canuto Rodriguez Fuentes: Papa, thank you for showing me the love of my eternal father through the love of a father. Your love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus continues to inspire my life. I love you and we are together in the Eucharist, may you rest in the paradise of His love.
Happy feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!