There is a beautiful new blog, O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which will be offering a First Friday link-up to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am thrilled to the bottom of my very own heart about this blog and the opportunity to give honor and praise to my beloved Sacred Heart of Jesus! The suggested topic for this month's post is "How did you first learn about the Sacred Heart." I choose to go beyond that topic and share not only how I learned about the Sacred Heart, but also, how I fell in love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
So the Sacred Heart of Jesus was a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, but I can't say that I had a deep devotion until I met Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ, who is the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. One of the goals of the Apostleship of Prayer is to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and I would say that Fr. Jim excels in this task. It was Fr. Jim who inspired me to read as many books as I could get my hands on about the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Margaret Mary Alocoque and St. Claude de la Columbierre, the saints who are best known for spreading this devotion. And it was Fr. Jim who gave me a precious relic of St. Margaret Mary, and who came to my house to assist my family in enthroning the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our home. And, as if that weren't enough, Fr. Jim also wrote a fabulous book, A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. So, Fr. Jim gets the credit for fanning the flames of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus within my own heart, preparing me to fall in love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And here's where the love story really begins...
|Heart of Glass|
It was three years ago when I was praying the novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am blessed to live near Lake Michigan, and I love to spend time walking the shore, searching for sea glass. Sea glass are little pieces of broken glass that have been discarded in the water, and over time are tumbled smooth by the rocks, waves and sand. It had only been the second day of the novena, and I was feeling a bit down, when I went to the shore to search for the treasured bits of shards. There I discovered a beautiful red piece of sea glass lying all by itself just on the edge of the shore. Red sea glass is extremely rare. As I inspected it more closely, I noticed that not only was it heart shaped, but it also had a gash in one side and scratch marks that made me think of the crown of thorns! I took this to be a sign of love from Jesus, a gift from His Heart to mine, and I knew that whether or not my novena intention was answered favorably, the love of my Sacred Heart of Jesus would remain with me forever. I made my sea glass Sacred Heart into a necklace and I wear it every single day as a reminder of His love for me. Safely hanging about my neck, I can frequently reach for it during the day whenever I am in need of a reminder of his love, and He never fails me.
|O Sacred Heart of Jesus, be King of my heart!|
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