"His Sacred Heart will do everything for me if I let Him. He shall will, He shall love, He shall desire for me and make up for all my faults." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today is the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! If anyone knows me you probably know of my huge devotion to the Heart of Christ. This year I wanted to share a little about this devotion in hopes that the Lord will tug on your own heart and draw you closer to HIS. My devotion really started when I began at Franciscan University; I like to say that the Sacred Heart began to stalk me! Everywhere I turned there was an image, or someone was talking about it, or it was the theme at our Festival of Praise. Then one day during Adoration I couldn't stop picturing this image of the Heart of Christ. It was the most vivid image I have ever imagined. I saw a heart pumping and with every pump of the heart the thorns surrounding it would puncture His heart and it would bleed. Surrounding the heart were these incredible flames! I was in awe and my heart was about to pop out of my chest because it was so filled with His love. From that day on I wanted to learn more. I started reading books and learning about the life of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. She is the nun that the Lord revealed his heart to. At first people thought she was crazy, but the Lord used her to spread this devotion that today is one of the greatest devotional treasures the Church has.
You may be asking yourself why I'm telling you all of this? We live in a world filled with pain, sorrow, confusion and lies. As humans we can be too hard on ourselves and our ultimate desire is to be loved. So often we hear "Jesus Loves you!" We hear it so often that we may even roll our eyes, but if you truly understood the Heart of Christ then you would understand His Love, True love. You would know that His Love is sufficient for you! Our Lord wants to ravish you with Love and graces but he is patiently waiting for you to let Him in. I pray that you can understand His unfailing love, and His desire for you.
Unfortunately our brokenness can often keep us from receiving His Love. The lies that you aren't good enough, you are too damaged, you have committed too many sins. To this I say, stop believing the lies and fix your gaze on the Lord's Sacred Heart for there is all truth. By saying you are too damaged you are ultimately doubting the greatness of our Lord. Our God is a God of MERCY, He wants you to come just as you are, He wants you to surrender yourself to Him. His Heart is surrounded by thorns, because it contains all the sufferings of this world. Every time we reject His love we are bringing more pain to His heart. He often spoke to St. Margaret Mary about redemptive suffering, this is when we offer up our sufferings and unite them with the Lord. When we offer up our sufferings for a loved one or to console the Heart of our Lord we are giving a purpose to the suffering and comforting His aching Heart. I challenge you to offer up your sufferings and to pray to go ever more deeply into the Heart of Christ. I challenge you to ask to know and experience the Love of God in a personal way, because once you do... You will never be the same. Jesus asked St. Margaret Mary that people receive Communion frequently and on the first Friday of every month go to Mass and pray to make up for those who aren’t grateful to Jesus. This is my last challenge; when I was in Medjugorje I felt the Lord telling me a simple truth that I had never thought of. The Sacred Heart is encompassed in the Eucharist! Ever since that day everytime I go to Adoration I see His Heart, and at Mass I see the priest elevating the Lord's Heart and the blood from His Heart falling into the Chalice. I challenge you on this day to go to Adoration and to picture His Heart, to offer your sufferings, to truly receive His Mercy and to come to the Healer just as you are and be open to receive His LOVE!!!! Then simply pray that the Lord may unite your heart to His and as St. Margaret Mary prayed, that you may be an atom in His Sacred Heart!!! I'm praying for all of you.
"May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved and adored in all the tabernacles of the world now and forever. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved and glorified until the en of all time"
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.