In This Issue

The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart

In recognition that June is the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we present to you the twelve promises given by Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque concerning the graces he would bestow on any soul who practiced the First Fridays devotion to his Sacred Heart.

On May 31, 1899, Pope Leo XIII officially approved the devotion and the twelve promises when he sent a document of papal approbation to Philip Kemper, an Ohio businessman who had been distributing the list of promises all over the world. The Pope’s blessing for Mr. Kemper’s “pious” and “useful” work is a sure guarantee of the legitimacy of the devotion and the twelve promises attached to it.

Our Lord told St. Margaret Mary, “My Divine Heart is so passionately fond of the human race… that it cannot keep back the pent-up flames of its burning charity any longer. They must burst out through you and reveal…


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Sacred Heart of Jesus: Perfect Model and Rule for Our Lives

We shall never be able to understand adequately and esteem at its full value the inconceivable grace Our Lord has granted us in giving us His divine Heart. Let us picture a man who was such a favorite of the king that he could truthfully say: “The king’s heart belongs to me.” What happiness and joy to be so favored! But we have infinitely more than the heart of an earthly king. We have the Heart of the King of kings, who loves us so ardently that each one of us can truly say: “The Heart of Jesus belongs to me.”

Yes, this admirable Heart is mine. It is mine because the Eternal Father has given it to me; it is mine because the Blessed Virgin has given it to me; it is mine because He Himself has given it to me, not only to be my refuge and shelter…


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Sacred Heart of Jesus: Furnace of Love for His Mother

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Furnace of Ardent Love for His Most Holy Mother. Nothing is easier than the proof of this truth. The ineffable graces with which our Savior endowed His Blessed Mother clearly manifest that His love for her is a love without measure or limit. She is, after His Divine Father, the first and most worthy object of His love. He loves her incomparably more than all His angels, saints and other creatures together. The extraordinary favors with which He honored her and the wonderful privileges He conferred upon her, far beyond any other creature, are clear proofs of this truth. Let us examine these numerous and impressive privileges.

First of all, the Blessed Virgin is the only human being whom the Son of God chose from all eternity to elevate above all created things, to set on the highest throne of glory and grandeur,…


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The Sacred Heart of Jesus Is the Sacred Heart of Mary

The Virginal Heart of the Blessed Mother of Jesus has more love for her Dear Son than all the angels and saints together; thus the Sacred Heart of the Only Son of Mary is so full of love for His most loving Mother that He is more to her than all created things together.

Let us offer to Jesus the Heart and love of His Blessed Mother in reparation for all our want of love and service towards Him. Let us offer to His most worthy Mother, who is also our Mother, the Heart and love of her Son in satisfaction for our ingratitude and infidelity towards her.

Not only is the Blessed Virgin the first object, after God, of the ardent love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but the Sacred Heart is really the Heart of Mary for five principal reasons.

The first three reasons are: 1. because the Eternal…


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Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ


The treatment of this subject is divided into two parts:

I. Doctrinal Explanations
II. Historical Ideas

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is but a special form of devotion to Jesus. We shall know just what it is and what distinguishes it when we ascertain its object, its foundations, and its proper act.

Doctrinal Explanations

Special Object of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart

The nature of this question is complex and frequently becomes more complicated because of the difficulties arising from terminology. Omitting terms that are over-technical, we shall study the ideas in themselves, and, that we…


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The Sacred Heart at Garabandal

Of all the visions that Jacinta (Gonzalez) Moynihan had at Garabandal, one stands out over all the rest—her vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

It happened at the very beginning of the apparitions, in June of 1961, while the four girls were seeing Saint Michael, before the Blessed Virgin appeared for the first time. Thanks to recent information from Jacinta and her husband, Jeff Moynihan, we can provide some details to fill out the story of when, where and how this vision took place.

On the day after the first apparition of Saint Michael on June 18, 1961, the four girls returned to the exact same place in the calleja hoping to see the angel again. Some boys, younger than the visionaries, saw them and threw…


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The History and Nature of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The following article by Fr. Louis Verheylezoon, S.J., represents a classical treatment of the history and nature of devotion to Our Lady’s most Immaculate Heart. – Asst. Ed.

Before the thirteenth century there is no trace to be found of a special devotion to the Heart of Mary. The first pious considerations on this subject occur in the writings of St. Mechtilde (1298), St. Gertrude (1302), Tauler (1361), St. Bernardine of Siena (1444), Justus Landsberger (1539), and especially of St. Francis of Sales (1622).

From the sixteenth century onward, theologians and spiritual writers make mention of this devotion. St. John Eudes (1680) quotes, among the writers who speak of it, twelve Jesuits, whom he calls “the twelve apostles of the divine Heart of Mary,” the most famous of whom are: St. Peter Canisius, Suarez, Nierenberg and Cornelius a Lapide.

Yet it is to St. John Eudes that is due the honor…


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Reparation to the Immaculate Heart: Theological Considerations

Devotion to the Heart of Mary is a topic that has received much focus in Catholic devotion and pious practice following the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The Fatima apparitions greatly emphasized the need to offer reparation to the Heart of Mary, saddened by the sins of mankind. This reparation generally takes the form of the “First Saturdays” devotion along with communions of reparation, praying the Rosary, and accepting the daily sacrifices we are given. While this practice of offering reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is growing among devout Catholics, the theology that underlies this devotion remains highly uncharted. This article seeks to explore and clarify the theological basis for offering reparation to the Heart of Mary.

This task must begin by analyzing what the word “Heart” means in theology along with how devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary has developed in the Church’s history….


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Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Let us state immediately and with fervor that, in one sense, the Immaculate Heart of Mary has already triumphed. In one true sense, Our Lady has already conquered and the definitive victory belongs to Her. Bl. Dom Columba Marmion confirms this: “Her privileges have raised her above all creatures and now she reigns triumphant in Heaven on the right hand of Jesus as Queen of the Angels and of the Saints.”(1) In this article we will treat of the triumphant Heart of Mary as Immaculate, Maternal, Sorrowful, and Glorious. Then we will respond to a question regarding the prophecy of Fatima about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and our role in bringing about such a triumph.

Immaculate Heart

First of all, blessed Mary was created victorious. “I am the Immaculate Conception,” She said at Lourdes. From the first moment of Her existence, the Immaculate…


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If Downhearted, Come Quickly to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts

The following presents the messages from Jesus to Anne regarding the value of suffering in His instructions to His Lay Apostles (Volume X: Jesus Speaks to His Apostles). The messages are both sublime and powerful, and we share them with you. Anne, a visionary from Ireland, has received permission from her local ordinary, Bishop Leo O’Reilly, for the distribution of messages which she receives from Jesus, God the Father, Our Blessed Mother, the angels and saints (see article, "Discernment of Lay Apostolate of Jesus Christ the Returning King," Marian Private Revelation section).– Ed.

September 30, 2004

Jesus

From now on, I will think of you as My apostles. As I prepared My original apostles to begin My beautiful church on earth, I now…


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A Great Action for God – July 2, 1951 Message

A great action for God

I see the Lady again, standing in a bright light. She smiles and says, while looking around her,
“I am content. See to the outspreading. I have said: from here a great action for God is to begin, and all are to cooperate in it.”

Explanation of the new dogma

“Now look carefully and listen. The following is an explanation of the new dogma. As Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate I stand on the globe before the Cross of the Redeemer. By the will of the Father, the Redeemer came to the world. For this, the Father used the Lady. Thus, from the Lady the Redeemer received only––now I am stressing the word ‘only’––the flesh and blood, that is to say, the body. From my Lord and Master the Redeemer received His Divinity. In this way the Lady became the Coredemptrix.
I have said: this time is Our…


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May 31, 1955 Message

Dear friends,

In light of the gravely troubling worldwide “Signs of the Times” right now, at the outset of 2013, I believe the admonitions and directions of Mary, the Lady of All Nations, as contained in her May 31, 1955 “Message to the Nations” is as important now, if not more so, than when she first revealed it to the Dutch visionary, Ida Peerdeman (Church approval, May 31, 2002).

In this historic, paramount message, the Lady tells us: “I have come to warn the nations: Satan is not yet banished.” Our Blessed Mother then warns and instructs us on a number of globally crucial events. Please take a moment and just read the following one or two headline excerpts from the main themes of this extraordinary supernatural message:

Nations, be warned against false prophets…”

The Lady of All Nations is now permitted to come in order to banish Satan. She comes to…


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