Saturday, May 31, 2008

Behold This Heart

"Behold This Heart which has Loved men SO Much!" ~Jesus in a vision to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Yesterday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (remember, I am "old news" central!) There is no greater sign of Christ's unconditional Love (Agape) for us than the image of His Most Sacred Heart. I have always been fascinated by that image (starting in grade school), and in college immersed myself in the devotion.
(One of the original Images from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque's visions.)

Think about it in VERY simplistic terms (since that's how I could finally wrap my mind around it.) The ultimate gift of love is one's self, symbolized by our hearts. To give your heart to someone is to make yourself vulnerable to them - to open your very being to giving and receiving love.

The ultimate sign of Christ's Love is His Passion and Death, where He paid the price for all our sins, so that we may enjoy eternity with Him - His desire in creating us in the first place! "My Divine Heart wishes to spread Its love everywhere on earth." ~Jesus to St. Margaret Mary

Christ's desire is to share intimate, unconditional Love with each of us. Therefore, He offers us His Heart, bearing the very signs of His Agape!!! Where else can we find fountains of Mercy, Grace, and LOVE other than the very source - God Himself! That pretty much sums up why I love the devotion to the Sacred Heart. I will spend my whole life begging for mercy and grace, and all I have to do is look to His Heart to see The Font of both, given to me in His Unconditional Love.