So the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was last Friday. It’s a powerful feast that we celebrate in the Church because it helps us to gaze again on the merciful heart of Christ. This heart of love and tenderness that was pierced to save humanity… oh what a gift He has given the world!
I want to share a short story that comes to mind when I think about the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Two years ago when I was still living in Berlin, I used to pray and attend mass at a nearby convent of the St. Elizabeth sisters. They were so cute and welcoming and I would use my broken German to communicate with them!
I often came into that chapel with a heavy heart, carrying the weight of loneliness, anxieties and sadness. Life was hard for me at that time and I found solace praying among the sisters who were so devoted and faithful to the Lord.
There was one sister in particular who I got to know a little over time. She was from another order- the order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She happened to be living with the other sisters, as I believe she was sick with cancer.
One afternoon, I was crying softly in the pews when this same sister sat down beside me. Without hesitation, she pulled me to her chest and hugged me. The kind of hug a grandma gives her granddaughter. She hugged me with a strength that said “ your going to be okay”. She held me with an embrace that said “ I love you”.
In that moment, I truly felt the love and tenderness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through this sister. I was so touched by her boldness and her love. She was moved by the Spirit to console me when I needed it most. I needed to feel the embrace of my Father, so he sent me his daughter.
I invite you to call out to the Lord, and seek his Sacred Heart. It is a heart burning with love and mercy. A heart that yearns to rescue, free and love you!
Sacred Heart of Jesus: Have mercy on us ♥️