“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affection and joyful hope swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils… I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love you more and more.”’ –Pope Saint John XXIII
Join us as we begin the Novena and offering to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for the feast on Friday, June 12. The Novena will begin on Wednesday, June 3rd to Thursday, June 11th.
Divine Jesus, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: (Mention your request).
To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.
Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.
Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your creatures forever.
Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen.
My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus,for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.
As we begin the month of June, traditionally dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we continue to stay close to Mary, our Mother, who leads us to Jesus her Son.
St. Margaret is known for spreading the devotion to Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the world. She was a French nun who joined the Visitation Order in 1671. In 1675, as she knelt in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord said to her: “See this Heart which is so deeply in love with men that it has spared nothing, to the point of wearing itself out and consuming itself, to prove to them its love. And in return, for the most part, it receives only ingratitude through their irreverence, and through the coldness and contempt which they have for me in this Sacrament of love… It is for this that I am asking you that the first Friday, after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart as a feast in honor of my Heart – a day on which to receive me in Holy Communion and make a solemn act of reparation…”
The Sacrament of Love is the Most Holy Eucharist. We do not want to show any ingratitude to His Body and Blood in the Most Holy Eucharist. The best way to prepare ourselves to receive Holy Communion is through a worthy Confession.
Let us open our hearts to Jesus present in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Kubicki reflects on the life of this Chilean Jesuit and his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In the month of June the Church celebrates the wonderful feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a very special feast and a very powerful devotion. In this particular program, Mark and Frances build on a series they did previously on the Sacred Heart, but discussing the more practical aspects of practicing the devotion. They discuss how we can actually go about conforming our hearts to the Heart of Christ. Drawing from two historical and comprehensive texts on the devotion, they describe how the activities of prayer, detachment, the sacraments and even our trials can all assist us in entering into the many Blessings of the Sacred Heart. They also explore Christ’s own words on the need to enter by the Narrow Gate as an analogy for how we must allow Christ to increase His presence within us. Much like St. John the Baptist, we must decrease and we must allow Christ to increase within us. Drawing on numerous scripture verses, Mark and Frances describe just how we can apply ourselves to this most powerful devotion to the Sacred Heart.
“During this conversation Mark and Frances discuss the unique Devotion that Carmelites have to the Sacred Heart. They begin by reading and discussing comments made by the Holy Father, Francis, regarding the role of the heart in our journey to Christ. Pope Francis speaks about the need to conform our heart to the heart of Christ, and to be transformed by that very act. Mark and Frances then go on to explore St. Therese of Lisieux’s perspective on devotion to the Sacred Heart. For St. Therese, Christ’s heart is always a heart of love. She does not focus, as so many others do, on the suffering of the piercing thorns which wounded our Lord, for St. Therese the central idea of Christ’s heart is an all-purifying love. She understands that suffering is part of the process, but she emphasizes that this is not an end in itself. The only reason for this devotion, in the mind of Therese, is to help us conform our own hearts to the buring heart of love, which is the heart of Jesus.”
In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and the unique role this this devotion plays in Carmelite Spirituality. The Church is being called in a special way today to rededicate and consecrate herself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but what does this mean to us individually. This conversation will explore the history of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and then address how this powerful devotion can contribute to our personal growth in holiness. We will hear about how we, like St John the Beloved, can begin to get our own heart in rhythm with the heart beat of the Lord. This conversations explores the deeper and spiritual meaning of the ‘heart,’ and what it means to strive, as our Blessed Mother did, to become pure of heart.
Francesca Franchina converses with California Carmelite Priest and Exorcist, Fr. Tom Alkire, O. Carm about healing hearts, physically, emotionally and spiritually with Our Lady of the Holy Eucharist and the “French Connection.” Hear how saints of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries were primed with information underpinning the devotion and theology of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Learn how this info dove tails with the Fatima Apparitions and the connect with Pope Francis’ request for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi and the upcoming Eucharistic Procession at the Vatican. Hear what Jesus said to St. John Eudes, St. Margaret Mary, St. Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal, St.Louis de Montfort and St. Peter Julian Eymard. THE THE SIGNS AND WONDERS FIT TOGETHER WITH THE HOLY EUCHARIST, THE TWO HEARTS; ST. THERESE, ST. JOSEPH AND THE CHILD JESUS…WHY DID THEY ALL APPEAR ON OCTOBER 13, 1917 DURING THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN? Don’t miss this one!
This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. Learn how The Blessed Mother protects us and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph; Assist in The New Evangelization,and The Year of Faith in bringing souls to her Son Jesus. Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA, a former member of ACT and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.
Ken talks with Fr James Kubicki about A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Published by Ave Maria Press) Fr Kubicki explains one of the oldest, but also often misunderstood, Catholic devotions. Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer and order his book at www.apostleshipofprayer.org His book is also available at www.avemariapress.com Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer. If you order his book from his website he will inscribe it for you: www.apostleshipofprayer.org
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. Dwight Campbell of Wisconsin, about The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and his work with Father Reese and their new association formed with other priests to teach about and promote devotion to the Two Hearts and why it is important for this time. Reading the signs of the times is important, and intercessory prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation are paramount…Find out what is needed and how you can help, what you can do from wherever you are. What is going on across the world in the world of Marian Apparitions and how does devotion and intercessory prayer to the Two Hearts fit in? Why is Marian devotion so important and what keeps the Blessed Mother coming back to warn, cajole and guide her children to get back to God, to come to the Sacred Heart of her Son and to be under her mantle in her Immaculate Heart guided by the Holy Spirit. How can you change you outlook on life and experience a change of heart?
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Jack Davis discuss Part Four of a series on Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, His Love and Passion for Humanity which focuses on women religious of various Orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to them or experiencing locutions to bring them His graced lessons relating His Great Love and Mercy for humanity which they accepted to share in His Passion. This week, Part IV: Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus; His Passion and Love for Humanity/ Sr. Josefa Menendez, Way of Divine Love; How Jesus came to Josefa in the nights of her life and left her His Crown, His Cross to share in His Passion and love of humanity and how we can share in His great Passion and Love today through our intercessions, reparatory prayer and sacrifices.
Part III: Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus; His Passion and Love for Humanity/ Mary of Agreda:Mystical City of God: Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Jack Davis discuss Part Three of an ongoing series on Women of Faith: Great Women Religious and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, His Love and Passion for Humanity which focuses on women religious of various Religious Orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus appeared to them or they experienced locutions to bring them His graced lessons relating His Great Love and Mercy for humanity which they accepted to share in His Passion. The series includes The Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great ; Sr. Josefa Menendeza The Way of Divine Love; St. Faustina, (Diary of St. Faustina), St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque (The Sacred Heart Devotions) and other Women of Faith and how their revelations deliver the message of Love from the Heart of Jesus; how they are similar but different and still viable for our day. See programming link on www.radiomaria.us for Encore times The ongoing Francesca and Friends Women of Faith and Sacred Heart of Jesus Series will be available for your listening and personal or group study on the Radio Maria Archives of Francesca and Friends at www.radiomaria.us
Francesca Franchina and Jack Davis discuss St. Gertrude the Great; Her Life and Revelations: Part Two of a five part series on Women of Faith: Five Great Women Religiousfocusing on women religious of various orders who were favored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus appeared to them and brought them His graced lessons of His Great Love and Mercy which they accepted to share in His Passion. St. Gertrude the Great, Sr. Josefa Menendez (Way of Divine Love) Mary of Agreda (Mystical City of God). St. Mary Faustina, (Diary of St. Faustina) and St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque (The Sacred Heart Devotions) are featured and how their revelations are alike but the message of Love and the Heart of Jesus is different, but still viable for our day.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? Not to worry…”Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord” Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. John Fletcher, CC, and The Joyful Lambs of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: Elvie Richmond, Cora Foust ,Sylvia McBain, Dorothy McPhillips, and Marika Zimmerman focusing on “WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON” and the importance of Catholic ethnic based family traditions coupled with the Marian Consecration and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus relative to the Papal Encyclical Haurietis Aquas. “You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior’s fountain.” (Isaias12:3) written by Pope Pius XII. Francesca will stir up Filipino Food this week garnering the recipe for Pancip, the traditional Filipino favorite dish of rice noodles, minced mixed veggies flavored with pork, chicken or shrimp from Elvie and Cora, her good cooking hosts. Filipino food is delicious, and this dish is easy, fast and filling. Try it, you’ll love it!