Friday, June 15, 2012

IEC2012 and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus
by José María Ibarrarán y Ponce, 1896

An extract from Fr. Thomas Rosica catechesis, at the Eucharistic Congress.

"How do we serve God faithfully? We serve Him only as faithfully as we serve Him lovingly, by giving ourselves to the needs of everyone whom God puts into our lives. No one reaches heaven automatically. Heaven must be dearly paid for. The price of reaching heaven is the practice of selfless love here on earth.

That is what devotion to the Sacred Heart is all about. It is the practice of selfless love toward selfish people. It is giving ourselves to persons that do not give themselves to us. In all of our lives, God has placed selfish persons who may be physically close to us, but spiritually are strangers and even enemies. That is why God places unkind, unjust, even cruel people into our lives. By loving them, we show something of the kind of love that God expects of His followers."

Full text of catechesis  (Salt and Light)

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