I have found this Heart in the adorable Eucharist,
the heart
of my King,
of my Friend,
of my Brother.

(St. Bernard of Clairvaux)
June 27, 2014 Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Devotion is a “total dedication, commitment, and handing over of oneself to the Person of Christ and what He has at Heart.”
It means leaving ourselves open to the impact of His personality in our lives. It means to give a loving response as we experience Him. It means responding with a total giving in as His ideals  and attitudes, His message and life work become known to us. It means anything but mere words and hollow actions!  If we allow it, His impact on us gradually integrates our behavior, motivates our whole way of living, and brings a unity within ourselves, with God and with others. He becomes as it were, the “master-idea” and “chief motivating force” in our lives. In short it becomes a “spirituality”.

“Updated Devotion to the Sacred Heart” by Rev. Walter Kern 1975, page 30-31.

In Matthew’s Gospel, 159 verses make allusions to 247 Old Testament verses, in 30 books. I created this document to visually show the connection between the New Testament and the Old Testament.  A famous quote from St. Augustine: “New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old is made manifest in the New.” (“Questions on the Heptateuch” 2,73: PL 34,623. year 419)

The translation I used: New American Bible – Revised Edition (2011)
Copyright 2014 (All Rights Reserved) This document may not be sold, it is given away free.

The document is 42″ by 30″  (106.7 cm by 76.2 cm).  If you would like a printed copy, download the document and take it to you local printer and ask to have it printed on a 42″ plotter (printer).  See the “My Documents” section on the right side of the page…

And since there is in the Sacred Heart a symbol and a sensible image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love one another, therefore is it fit and proper that we should consecrate ourselves to His most Sacred Heart-an act which is nothing else than an offering and a binding of oneself to Jesus Christ, seeing that whatever honor, veneration and love is given to this divine Heart is really and truly given to Christ Himself.

Annum Sacrum #8 – On Consecration To The Sacred Heart, Pope Leo XIII,  25th  May, 1899

Devotion to the Heart of the Savior, it must be repeated, is adoration of/and a relationship to the Person of Christ and His Heart, the Person with His Heart, the Person under the aspect of His Heart, the person from the point of view of His Heart-center, the Person through the symbol of His Heart, but never the Heart separated from the Person!

“Updated Devotion to the Sacred Heart” by Rev. Walter Kern 1975, page 20

Devotion to the Heart of the Redeemer also rests upon His role a Mediator. Christ Himself revealed His Father’s will in these words: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6) Devotion to the Sacred Heart approaches God through this biblical truth, but seen from the point of view of the Heart of that Mediator.

“Updated Devotion to the Sacred Heart” by Rev. Walter Kern 1975, page 19

The whole validity of the physical Heart of Jesus as a natural symbol of the Person of the Word rests upon the fundamental truth of the hypostatic union. …the doctrine that there is one Person in Christ, while the two natures remain distinct and entire. The honor that is rendered to the Heart is that of adoration ( in Latin “latria”), since one is reverencing and relating to the very person of the Only-begotten Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, in the noblest part of His humanity.

“Updated Devotion to the Sacred Heart” by Rev. Walter Kern 1975, page 18-19

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