One of the soldiers thrust a lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (Jn 19:34)
"June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Perhaps no other devotion can be said to be as central to our Christian faith as this devotion because it is rooted entirely in the central mystery of our faith, the death and resurrection of Jesus. Truly, the Sacred Heart stands at the very heart of our world and calls to all men to draw near. God did not just stand afar off in heaven to raise us out of our sins; He actually came to us and embraced the heartbreak that those sins bring into every single life. His Heart is a broken, pierced and torn heart that can console every person in his suffering.
In the apparitions of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque in the 1670s, Jesus promised that all who would simply go to Mass and receive Communion on the First Fridays of nine consecutive months would have the grace of “final perseverance,” that is, the grace of being faithful to the very end of life no matter what the challenges. Those who never think of the hour of death may presume that this moment will come and go with ease, but our enemy does not think so, and it is to this reality of spiritual combat in the final moments of life that the Lord directs His promise."
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Please join me in the Sacred Heart Novena for my Aunt Barbara who has dies, and for your family members who are ill.