Monday, April 9, 2012
A Heart on Fire-A Book Review
There have been more than a few occasions in the past where I have written on this blog about my friend, Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ, who is the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. I have shared how Fr. Jim came to my house to say Mass and help my family enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus as King of our home and how on another occasion he visited our home to say Mass and help me become enrolled as a candidate for the Oblates of the Precious Blood. I am blessed to know such a good and holy priest who is truly devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to his work in assisting Pope Benedict XVI to increase prayer throughout the world through the Apostleship of Prayer's daily Morning Offering. Fr. Jim is a much sought-after retreat leader, a Catholic radio and television personality and a wonderful friend and mentor to me and to so many people whose hearts burn with love for the Lord and His holy Church. And now Fr. Jim can add "author" to the list of the many and varied ways that he serves the Lord.
It is with great joy that I share my thoughts on Fr. Jim's newest success-the recent publishing of his first book, A Heart on Fire, Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In A Heart on Fire, Fr. Jim delves into the history of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus tracing it's roots back beyond St. Margaret Mary and her call to bring attention and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Returning to the earliest days of the Church and Christ's demand to St. Paul to stop persecuting Him through his torment of the members of His Church, Fr. Jim shows how devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is based on the Word of God and is first and foremost a Eucharistic Devotion which is just as relevant today as it was throughout all of Church history. Fr. Jim shows how the Heart of Christ continues to be in need of our prayers of reparation for sin and how His Heart desires our loving union with Him. He shares several ways that we can live out our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through prayer and good works in this current age.
At the end of each chapter, Fr. Jim shares a prayer exercise that deepens our understanding and love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He gently guides the reader through a meditation with an image of the Sacred Heart, through a scriptural Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a historical perspective of prayers from some of the great saints of the Church, a lectio divina exercise, suggestions for a Eucharistic Holy Hour, prayers of reparation, the morning offering and a family Consecration Prayer Service.
A Heart on Fire is complete with some wonderful full-color images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The artwork showcases pieces that are both rare and precious including a deeply touching picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was carved by a Polish lieutenant awaiting execution at Auschwitz.
I wholeheartedly recommend A Heart on Fire. It is simple and easy to understand for those who are new to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as enlightening in new and wonderful ways for those who already have an understanding of and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Reading A Heart on Fire will ignite the fire of your own love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus which has so loved men from the very beginning of time until ages unending.
To order your own copy of A Heart on Fire visit Ave Maria Press or the Apostleship of Prayer.