Sacred Heart Renewed

I’ve never been drawn to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  After reading this piece about it by Jim Martin, SJ, I understand it a lot better.

The Sacred Heart is nothing less than an image of the way that Jesus loves us: fully, lavishly, radically, completely, sacrificially.  The Sacred Heart invites to meditate on some of the most important questions in the spiritual life: In what ways did Jesus love his disciples and friends?  How did he love strangers and outcasts?  How was he able to love his enemies?  How did he show his love for humanity?  What would it mean to love like Jesus did?  What would it mean for me to have a heart like his?  How can my heart become more “sacred”?  For in the end, the Sacred Heart is about understanding Jesus’s love for us and inviting us to love others as Jesus did.


  1. This is a beautiful and timely post . Devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus never goes out of ‘style’ .
    “For in the end,the Sacred Heart is about understanding Jesus’s love for us and inviting us to love others as Jesus did.”
    Thank you.

  2. Growing up, each summer we were so fortunate to escape city streets to revel in the green fields of Ireland..and to revel in the unconditional love of our extended family. Every Irish home had a framed picture of the Sacred Heart, usually lit, at all times with the glow from a red votive. A beautiful prayer of devotion accompanied the picture. One phrase from the prayer was particularly meaningful…”inviting Jesus to take up His abode with us…in our home and in our hearts.” Thank you for your wonderful post and for allowing me to revisit this faithful devotion. It is a faithful tradition that crossed the Atlantic with the diaspora.

  3. Thanks for the link to the article. I really appreciate this perspective on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I especially liked the response of the little girl to Phil Hurley, S.J., when he asked some schoolchildren “Why do you think Jesus’s heart is shown on the outside of his body?”: “Because he loves us so much that he can’t keep it in!”
    Children are so incredibly wise and perceptive.


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