Sacred Heart
The heart has always been seen as the "center" or essence of a person and the home of our emotional lives and love. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Christ Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on his interior life and on His threefold love -- His divine love, His burning love that fed His human will, and His sensible love that affects His interior life.

 Below are a few excerpts which help explain the devotion:

  • It is a symbol of that divine love which He shares with the Father and the Holy Spirit but which He, the Word made flesh, alone manifests through a weak and perishable body, since "in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
  • In a more natural and direct way -- it is the symbol also of sensible love, since the body of Jesus Christ, formed by the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, possesses full powers of feelings and perception, in fact, more so than any other human body.
  • We meditate most lovingly on the beating of His Sacred Heart (this is why we show the actual anatomy of His heart) by which we measure the time of His life on earth until that final moment His heart ceased to beat and His sensible love was interrupted, until the time when, triumphing over death, He rose from the tomb.
  • After His glorified body had been re-united to the soul of the divine Redeemer, conqueror of death, His most Sacred Heart never ceased, and never will cease, to beat with calm pulsations. It will never cease to symbolize the threefold love with which He is bound to His heavenly Father and the entire human race, of which He has every claim to be the Head.