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O sweet Jesus

June 30
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence, and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon, and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy Law. We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and, lastly, for all the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.
Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross, and which Thou dost continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the saints, and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love, and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee, and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.
Today's Reflection
Now that you have spent the month of June reflecting upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus, please prayerfully consider making this Act of Reparation.
  

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Living in the world

June 29
"As to persons living in the world, they shall find in this devotion all the aids necessary in their state of life: peace in their homes, consolation in their work, the blessing of heaven upon all their enterprises, comfort in their sorrows, a secure refuge during life and especially at the hours of death. It is plainly evident that there is no one in the world who will not receive all kinds of heavenly blessings if they have a true love of Jesus Christ manifested by a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus."
– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
There are so many beautiful graces attached to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. How can you introduce this grace-filled spiritual practice to your loved ones?
  

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Shaken by the wind

June 21
"Look upon yourself as a tree planted beside the water, which bears its fruit in due season; the more it is shaken by the wind, the deeper it strikes its roots into the ground.”
-St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
Have you been shaken? How does this quote transform your thinking about the challenges and sufferings of life?
  

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Progress in prayer

June 20
“Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God His fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness.”
-Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
It is consoling to know that even when our prayer is dry, wounded, and uninspiring, we need only offer to God the prayers which Jesus poured out for us on the altar, and they are lovingly accepted. In return, we grow in union with Our Lord.
  

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Let every knee bend before Thee

June 19
"All for the Eucharist; nothing for me."
-St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
After experiencing the grace of seeing Our Lord and the vision of His Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary was inspired to give her life over more completely and entirely to the love and service to Our Lord. Ponder how you can follow her example in doing all for Jesus and nothing for yourself.
  

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My Divine Heart

June 18
"My Divine Heart is so passionately in love with humanity that it can no longer contain within itself the flames of its ardent love. It must pour them out through [you], and manifest itself to them with its precious treasures, which contain all the graces which they need to be saved.”
-Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
Jesus says that we are the instruments for His love to be poured out upon humanity. Are you open to being an instrument of His love? Why or why not?
  

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O Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 15
"O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasury of the Divinity, and glowing furnace of love, Thou art my refuge and my sanctuary. O adorable and glorious Saviour, consume my heart with that burning fire that ever inflames Thy Heart. Pour down on my soul those graces that flow from Thy love. Let my heart be so united with Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine may in all things be conformed to Thine. May Thy will be the rule of both my desires and my actions."
– St. Gertrude the Great,
Prayer to the Sacred Heart (adapted by St. Alphonsus Liguori)
Today's Reflection
Pray this prayer of St. Gertrude slowly and thoughtfully. What strikes you most profoundly about her prayer? Which aspect would you most like to embrace in your own relationship with Jesus?
  

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Let every knee bend before Thee

June 14
“Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host. May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!”
-St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
Amen. Amen. Amen!
  

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Behold this Heart

June 13
"Behold this Heart, which has so loved men that It has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love. In return, I receive from the greater part [of humanity] only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this Sacrament of Love. It is for this reason I ask thee that the first Friday after the octave of the Blessed Sacrament, be appropriated to a special feast to honor My Heart by receiving Communion on that day, and making reparation for the indignity that It [My Heart] has received. And I promise that My Heart shall dilate to pour out abundantly the influences of My Love on all who will render It this honor or will obtain My Heart being given this honor."
-Jesus to Sister Josefa Menendez
Today's Reflection
How does this quote increase your desire to honor Jesus by making the first Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Prayerfully make this spiritual practice part of your life.
  

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May faith be the torch

June 12
“May faith be the torch which illuminates, animates, and sustains you.”
-St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Today's Reflection
The Sacred Heart of Jesus constantly burns with love for you. Ponder this reality for some time. How can your faith be illuminated, animated, and sustained by the love of Christ?
  

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