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June, the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

As the calendar turns to June, the Catholic Church celebrates a profound and meaningful devotion - the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Throughout the month, the faithful are encouraged to meditate on the abundant love and mercy pouring forth from the heart of Christ.


The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has a rich history dating back to the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a 17th century French nun. In her visions, Jesus revealed the wound in his side and the burning love of his heart, urging her to spread this devotion. Over the centuries, popes, saints, and Catholics around the world have promoted this profound way of encountering Christ's love.


The symbol of the flaming, wounded heart represents Jesus' immense love for all humanity. Even when humanity turned away, Christ's heart remained open, pouring out grace, forgiveness, and mercy. By focusing on the Sacred Heart, we are invited to reciprocate that love, to console the heart of Jesus through our own fidelity and devotion.






During the Month of the Sacred Heart, the Church encourages various practices to honor this devotion. The Litany of the Sacred Heart, the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the home, and acts of consecration are just a few ways the faithful can grow closer to the heart of Christ. Additionally, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost, this year falling on June 11, 2021.


As we enter the month of June, let us turn our hearts to the abundant love of Christ. May we find strength, consolation, and inspiration in meditating on the Sacred Heart - the ultimate symbol of God's unfailing love for each one of us.






References:


Catholic Culture. Month of the Sacred Heart. Retrieved from https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/06_1.cfm


Catholic Reader. Why is June the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Retrieved from https://catholicleader.com.au/life/faith/why-is-june-the-month-of-the-sacred-heart-of-jesus/




Louisa Mastromarino is a Licensed Spiritual Health coach and certified counselor educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling, and a post master’s degree in Supervision and Educational Leadership.  Louisa is the author of Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to Washington, D.C., Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to New York City, Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brizzley Bear Loves Poetry and additional publications.  

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