Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Heart-felt Message

Did you ever have one of those days when you felt so lonely and you wondered if anyone loved you? Or one of those days when your thoughts come something like “I can’t do anything right!”

If so (and I have had a few of those days myself) today is the day for us! Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Margaret Mary who in 1673 received remarkable private revelations concerning the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Why do you think Jesus revealed His heart to St. Margaret Mary? Well, it was because He wanted all of us to know how much He loves us – not “us” as a group but each one of us individually! His love is personal; it is real; it is always there, always! He loves us with all our bumps and bruises, with all of our weaknesses, in the midst of our failures!

In a letter St. Margaret Mary wrote concerning her visions she tells us: “The divine heart is an abyss of all blessings and into it the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.” How wonderful!

Today there is so much pressure on individuals, especially on young people to measure up. The media sets the standards for what is worthwhile and puts before us role models such as Britney and J-Lo, Angelina and Brad and Justin and all the other entertainment personalities popular today. But Jesus says to us: “Forget it! I am your role model. I am the one who sets the standards, and in my eyes I see you just the way you are and I love you.”

So when you have one of those days turn quickly to Jesus whose heart, the Church tells us, “is a burning furnace of love.” Close your eyes and see yourself placing all your concerns, your anxieties, your doubts, confusion, loneliness into His heart. He will carry all of your cares there and consume them in the fire of His love. And, if you still don’t believe how much He loves you, look closely at the Crucifix. That says it all!

1 comment:

Barb, sfo said...

Thank you for helping me understand the devotion to the Sacred Heart better!
Peace and all good.