Sunday, August 19, 2007

12th Sunday after Pentecost

What have I in heaven? and besides Thee, what do I deisre upon earth? Thou art the God of my heart, and the God that is my portion forever. - Ps. lxxii. 25,26.

Quid enim mihi est in caelo? et a Te quid volui super terram? Deus cordis mei, et pars mea Deus in aeternum

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I would like to blog more about the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart :)

Links:

1) From the SSPXAsia.com website's Audio Conferences and Sermon page, the MP3 file: Opening your homes to the Sacred Heart: 100th anniversary of the ceremony of Enthronement: August 24, 2007 (History and Explanation of the Devotion) by Father D. Couture - at a conference given in KL, Malaysia (given sometime in July) on the importance of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in commemoration of centenary of the devotion founded in the August of 1907 by Father Mateo Crawley Boevey ss.cc. (you can listen to this via the SnapShot function of this website - hover over the link and press play) :)

2) From Joyce of the Catholic Upstart, with more links to traditional catholic websites on the Enthronement and the ceremony of the Enthronement itself.

3) My blogpost on my own family's Enthronement to the Sacred Heart and Act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 9th Dec 2006 :) Deo gratias et Mariae :)


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A short introduction to the picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as above :)


Reading this book: Garcia Moreno, the Avenger and Martyr of Christian Justice, one of the greatest Catholic statesmen of Modern times too, will help you to understand the painting and the history behind the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ever since Paray-le-monial at the end of the 1600s.

Dios no muere!: God does not die! - Garcia Moreno

History:

This painting was commissioned by the zealous Ecuadorean Catholic statesman, President Gabriel Garcia Moreno, (1821-1875) and was used during Ecuador’s consecration to the Sacred Heart in 1873. After the president was assassinated, people opposed to the Church twice tried to destroy the painting that was placed in the House of Parliament. For safe keeping, it was given to a Chilean priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts ( SS.CC.)

Years later, in Valparaiso, Chile, Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, ss.cc., unexpectedly came upon the painting; many people believe that the discovery helped inspire Fr. Mateo to begin his crusade for the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart. The original is now enshrined in Quito, Ecuador. This is a facsimile of the original oil-painting. (12x16 framed copies available).

Symbolism:

The scepter and the globe convey Christ’s kingship: “Behold the Lord, the Ruler is come; and a Kingdom is in his hand and power and dominion.”(Introit of Epiphany). His heart, as shown to St. Margaret Mary in her apparition, with the symbols of love (the flames and the cross), and the symbols of sorrow (the wound and the crown of thorns), tell us that Christ desires to rule over families and societies through love.

Our Lord is drawing the world to His Sacred Heart – “burning furnace of charity” – in order for the world to share in the graces of salvation.

The majestic yet tender expression of the Savior, his eyes filled with sadness and mercy, appeals to families:

To recognize and love this kingship of Our Lord, who in the mercy of his heart wishes to befriend the home through a life of intimacy and confidence.

To repair in the family itself, the social injuries committed against the authority and love of this divine heart, whose rights are everywhere denied.

To make the home in which the Sacred Heart is enthroned, a sanctuary of powerful family prayer and a center of apostolate-outreach to spread the Reign of the King of Love, “the way, the truth, and the life.”

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More on this in the upcoming days and weeks :)

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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