: Jun 24, 2022
On June 24, 2022, we celebrate The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The celebration falls 19 days after Pentecost, on the Friday following the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practiced and well-known devotions, taking Jesus' physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.
In his Pastoral Letter on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Heart Speaks to Heart, Cardinal Thomas Collins wrote: “Devotion to the Sacred Heart leads us to ponder the sacred humanity of Jesus, God with us. Using the universally accepted symbol of the heart as the sign of the center of who we are, this devotion focuses on Jesus as the man for others, who showed humans how, in a human way, to love as God loves, and to act as God wants us to act.”
“The devotion to the Sacred Heart is more a way for each of us to intensely encounter Jesus in practices of prayer that move us to be better disciples, and to grow personally in holiness.”
In pointing to the Sacred Heart, Jesus is inviting us to come to him when we troubled and weary.
“Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
“More than ever before, our fractious world now needs the love symbolized by the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” said Cardinal Collins.