This book could be described as a love affair. A love affair, filled with passion, intimacy, sincerity, devotion and strength. For the 142 letters contained within this volume have come from the pen of someone truly in love – yet someone who, through that state of being ‘in love’, shares that love with each person [...]
The Chapel of the Apparitions, Paray-le-Monial. Last week, we offered extracts from my upcoming book regarding the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This week we simply follow with another extract continuing from before: There are many aspects of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, but I should like now to focus on the simple fact [...]
Today, we will just feature some small extracts adapted from the manuscript of my upcoming book in regards to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. *** The Divine Heart was presented to me in a throne of flames, more resplendent than a sun, transparent as crystal, with this adorable wound. And it was surrounded [...]
Recently, Alisa left a comment, saying that she is going to have the Enthronment of the Sacred Heart in her home. I have to say, I’m so thrilled. It is such a wonderful thing to make the Sacred Heart head of the household. So, what is the Enthronment? Simply put, it is a [...]
When I gaze upon this image, I see so much. Hidden behind the image, I see our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross, arms stretched wide, presenting us His Heart, loving. Loving, forgiving, in the midst of His agony. His heart, like the sun, beaming, warming, as Its rays touch each and every [...]
‘By the eve of Vatican II, the Sacred Heart had become virtually the defining symbol of Roman Catholicism.’ So writes Wendy M. Wright in this book – and if I may indulge in hyperbole, this sentence alone might be worth the price of the book! For it invites us to meditate on how and why it [...]
We are still in the Octave of the Feast of the Sacred Heart and I want to attempt to capture something of my thoughts and feelings on receiving communion last Friday, on the Feast itself. Since receiving Holy Communion on that Feast, I have been focussed on the meaning of the words, Our Lord the [...]
We approach the Feast of the Sacred Heart. In order to prepare ourselves, let us consider the history that gave birth to this great Feast. It is the Third Apparition of the Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque that is relevant here. Known as the Great Revelation, this Third Apparition took place in [...]
I have been writing here, a very personal series of reflexions, uncomfortably personal … I want to start picking up the threads now and drawing to a close in the next two or three entries. At the heart of this little series has been my own painful struggle with modernity. The crisis of our modern [...]
Cor Jesu, rex et centrum omnium cordium, misere nobis. Heart of Jesus, King and Centre of all Hearts, have mercy on us … Such is one of the central thirty three petitions of the Litany of the Sacred Heart. O My Lord, Thou art the King and Centre of my heart. And yet [...]
Very personal thoughts regarding Valentin Tomberg and the French Counter Revolutionary tradition of the Sacred Heart.
Ireland, O Ireland! Here is a fine book about Catholic Ireland, the Catholic Faith and Christendom – from Timothy T. O’Donnell of Christendom College.
Further reflexions on Valentin Tomberg and the Catholic Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which commenced in Paray-le-Monial, France through the Apparitions to St Margaret Mary.
Catholic France, the Sacred Heart, Valentin Tomberg and Paray-le-Monial … some very personal reflexions.
There are delays with numerous things at this end. I am sorry to be slower than perhaps indicated in resuming certain series here, particularly the one on Valentin Tomberg. For the nonce, I am going to rip a small section from my upcoming book to present here. The section comes from early in the book [...]
Last year, Roger wrote at length about the Feast of the Sacred Heart – so nearly forgotten by the post Vatican II Church. This year, I would simply like to say: Praise be to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – burning with love and mercy for each and every one of us, every moment [...]
Forenote: For various reasons, it is taking longer than expected to continue both my series on the Sacred Heart and Valentin Tomberg. Meanwhile, I rip another extract from my book in preparation: Cor Jesu Sacratissimum. Ripping such a fragment out of context is tricky business. There are references below, which may make little sense. It [...]
We have noted that before the Second Vatican Council, devotion to the Sacred Heart formed a prominent, even defining part of Catholicism. The imagery of the Sacred Heart seemed almost omnipresent in many arenas of Tridentine Catholicism. Tridentine Catholicism – this is to say: the epoch of Catholicism after the Middle Ages, after the Council [...]
In this series, we have been regarding the birth of the public cult of the Sacred Heart at the very beginning of the modern era. We have seen how Valentin Tomberg regarded this as an intervention from Heaven to combat the emergence of rationalism – and the materialism that followed in the wake of rationalism. [...]
We have remarked last time that from the beginning of the modern era, following the Renaissance and Reformation, the Catholic countries across the world began to be awash in images of His Sacred Heart – in churches, monasteries, schools and private homes. The call even went forth to place it on the flags of whole [...]