Jesus Invites us to Encounter His Most Sacred Heart:
Let us pray:
On the First Friday of the Month let us beseech Him to forgive us our faults, our infidelities and our lukewarmness; but, at the same time let us thank Him in union with Mary for the countless graces and favors which His loving Heart has shown upon us.
Jesus Speaks to our heart:
My friends, innumerable enemies surround you. This storm rages furiously about you; it rises from the infernal depths where My name is cursed and where those who would not accept the help of My grace in the struggle are cast for eternity.
The satanic fury stirs up a deadly hurricane seeking the destruction of souls. Do not be afraid. I have conquered the world and hell. Remain peaceful. See I have prepared a sign, a standard of victory which will ensure the happiness of the world. It is My Sacred Heart! Fall on your knees and move by immense love, accept it, receive it with joy. Then adore it with the most sincere gratitude, for it is the Heart of your God and Savior, Who has loved you so much.
Come, you the miserable, the despised, the outcasts of society; come you who have been deceived by the wealth and esteem of the world Come close to the wounds in My side, and there in the midst of the world’s trials, you will find light, rest and peace you have never known.
Come quickly, you whose soul has found only bitterness in the poisoned pleasures of the world. Come at dawn of youth or in the evening of life. Do not delay; come close to the wound in My side even if it is the eleventh hour, and there you will find a paradise of eternal peace, happiness without end.
Yes, all come. Longinus opened the door of My loving Heart with a lance. I have widened this redeeming wound. Now I eagerly call the just and the sinners, and ungrateful and the afflicted, and I offer them all the place of unalterable peace in this divine wound. He who consecrates himself to the love and glory of My Sacred Heart will have life eternal.
Remember Your Promises, most Sacred Heart!
Now, we invite you to pray the prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore You, I love You, and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure, and wholly obedient to Your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.
*This December reflection was first printed in the 20 Holy Hours book by Fr. Mateo-Crawley Boevery.
Father Mateo was a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and is known as, “The Father of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” His writings and preaching has greatly impacted the Catholic Church. Pope Saint Pius X in 1907 “commanded” him to devote his life to this work of Christian and social regeneration, and thus the Work of Enthronement of the Sacred Heart was born. Father Mateo died in 1960.