Monthly Archives: June 2020

Devotion to the Sacred Heart

On the feast of the Sacred Heart we honour Jesus in his self-giving love for mankind. In this meditation we consider that:

  • The blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ open side on the cross symbolise his love for us “to the end”
  • God loves us with both “eros” and “agape”
  • Jesus explained to St Margaret Mary Alacoque why he wanted a new feast established in honour of his Sacred Heart
  • In answer to Jesus’ question to Peter, “Do you love me”?, we can ask ourselves how much we love him.
  • Because we have been given more, we should love God more
  • A letter from St Margaret Mary affords us points to consider in our prayer

Mary, Mother of the Church

Mary on Pentecost with the apostles

Pope Francis has given us the new feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost. In this meditation we pray about the background of the feast, considering:

  • Passages of Scripture on Mary, Mother of the Church
  • Texts of Fathers of the Church and Popes on this teaching
  • Proclamation of the truth by Pope St Paul VI in 1964
  • The image of Mary, Mother of the Church, in St Peter’s Square
  • Prayer entrusting all the faithful to Our Lady