Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I find myself very curious to explore accounts of men and women throughout history who have experienced the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun, had numerous visions of Jesus who revealed to her His Most Sacred Heart. This happened circa 1672. Since then, prayers and devotions seems to flourish and expand throughout the world. Jesus urged her to proclaim to the world the necessity of frequent Communion (as well as Communion on the First Friday of the month), and acts of reparation.
One of St. Alacoque’s prayers that she was inspired to write (and my favorite) was an Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart. I will share it with everyone and pray that you will take this prayer and commit to a life grounded in Jesus and His Most Sacred Heart.
To Thee I consecrate
And offer up my person
And my life, my actions,
Trials, and sufferings,
That my entire being
May henceforth only be employed
In loving, honoring and glorifying Thee.
This is my irrevocable will,
To belong entirely to Thee,
And to do all for Thy love,
Renouncing with my whole heart
All that can displease Thee.
I take Thee, O Sacred Heart,
For the sole object of my love,
The protection of my life,
The pledge of my salvation,
The remedy of my frailty and inconstancy,
The reparation for all the defects of my life,
And my secure refuge
At the hour of my death.
Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart,
My justification before God Thy Father,
And screen me from His anger
Which I have so justly merited.
I fear all from my own weakness and malice,
But placing my entire confidence in Thee,
O Heart of Love,
I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness.
Annihilate in me
All that can displease or resist Thee.
Imprint Thy pure love so deeply
In my heart that I may never forget Thee
Or be separated from Thee.
I beseech Thee,
Through Thine infinite Goodness,
Grant that my name
Be engraved upon Thy Heart,
For in this I place all my happiness
And all my glory,
To live and to die as one
Of Thy devoted servants.
— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque