Wednesday, May 28, 2008

El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Salvador Dalí. (1904-1989)
El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús/ The Sacred Heart of Jesus 1962
Oil on canvas 86.5 x 61 cm
Private collection

"When we practise this devotion, not only do we recognize God's love with gratitude but we continue to open ourselves to this love so that our lives are ever more closely patterned upon it. God, who poured out his love "into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (cf. Rom 5: 5), invites us tirelessly to accept his love.

The main aim of the invitation to give ourselves entirely to the saving love of Christ and to consecrate ourselves to it (cf. Haurietis Aquas, n. 4) is, consequently, to bring about our relationship with God.

This explains why the devotion, which is totally oriented to the love of God who sacrificed himself for us, has an irreplaceable importance for our faith and for our life in love. "

Pope Benedict XVI, Letter on the 50th anniversary of Haurietis Aquas (15 May 2006 )

1856 Blessed Pope Pius IX extended the Feast of the Sacred Heart to the Roman Catholic Church under the rite of double major.

In 1889 Pope Leo XIII raised the Feast to the double rite of first class

On 25 May 1899 Pope Leo XIII issued his Encyclical Annum Sacrum and consecrated the world to the Sacred Heart. Leo XIII called this "the great act" of his pontificate.

In 1928 Pope Pius XI issued his Encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor. In the Encyclical the Pope confirmed the Church's position with respect to the visions of Jesus Christ reported by Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque in the 17th Century. He said that Jesus Christ had "manifested Himself" to Saint Margaret and had "promised her that all those who rendered this honour to His Heart would be endowed with an abundance of heavenly graces."

On 15th May 1956, Pope Pius XII issued his Encyclical Haurietis Aquas ("You will draw waters"). It was issued on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Blessed Pope Pius IX.

On 15 May 2006 Pope Benedict XVI on the 50th anniversary of Haurietis Aquas issued a letter to Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., the Superior General of the Society of Jesus which emphasised the importance of the devotion to the Sacred Heart.


Annum Sacrum
Miserentissimus Redemptor
Haurietis Aquas
Letter of Pope Benedict XVI on the 50th anniversary of Haurietis Aquas