The Sacred Heart: Fire of Love, Refuge from Evil

Behold this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My Divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.

—Jesus to St. Margaret Mary.

We Remember Sacrificial Love

When the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the liturgy reminds us of the measure of God’s love. In On Spiritual Perfection, Diadochus wrote, “Anyone who loves God in the depths of His heart has already been loved by God. In fact the measure of a man’s love for God depends upon how deeply aware he is of God’s love for him.” As we remember the immeasurable personal love that God has for us we are empowered to love with His heart. God is in love with us and our response is to fall in with Him who loved us first. The renowned words of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. remind us, “Nothing is more practical than finding God, i.e., than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.”

We Love With His Heart

Fr. Cliff Ermatinger explains in his wonderful book entitled Saint Therese of Lisieux: Spouse and Victim, “But what God asks of us in not simply to love him with our heart, but through the dynamic of theological virtue, to love him with His heart; that is, with His own divine charity present in our hearts.”

God calls us to love like Jesus and makes it possible to keep the first commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mk 12:30). Jesus is constantly revealing His heart of love and bringing his people back to the heart of the faith—sacrificial love! The Sacred Heart is a pierced heart. To love like Christ, to love with His pierced Sacred Heart, is to be courageous in bearing witness to the truth that sets us free from the loveless lies of false doctrine, duplicity, mediocrity, sin and evil.

Jesus Revealed Secrets and Promises

Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. She described the occasion, “For a long time he kept me leaning on his breast, while he revealed the wonders of his love and the mysterious secrets of his Sacred Heart.” She also described how The Lord revealed his heart as a heart on fire with love: “My divine heart is so passionately fond of the human race, and of you in particular, that it cannot keep back the pent-up flames of its burning charity any longer. They must burst out through you and reveal My Heart to the world, so as to enrich mankind with my precious treasures.”

Among the precious treasures of the Sacred Heart are 12 promises given to St. Margaret Mary for those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart. Each promise can be considered divine protection from evil because they represent a covenant of love. Such a covenant with God strengthens us to overcome the tactics of the devil. The Sacred Heart of Jesus makes real His promises.

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
  2. I will give peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their trials.
  4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
  5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source an infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
  12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at the last hour.

The Sacred Heart: Seven Protections from Evil

  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a refuge from evil because it is a Eucharistic Heart. The True Presence, the Eucharistic Sacrifice and Bread of Heaven, sustains us in Him. We are not orphans. He remains with us. The demons are completely subject to Christ.  The more we receive His love in the Eucharist, the more the demons fear us because of Christ in us.
  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is an icon of humility. The Lamb of God is humility incarnate. He conquered the pride of Satan. When we clothe ourselves in Christ’s humility, we resist every shade of pride that Satan relentlessly suggests.
  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a vessel of hope. Christ is our unfailing hope. In Him we place all our trust. Hope and trust combat the demonic spirits who tempt us to run hopelessly into their despair and darkness. The Sacred Heart is an abode of hope, help and honor where evil cannot enter.
  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the beating Word of God. The Word of God is a living word with power to save.When we internalize the Word of God, the fiery darts of the evil one cannot penetrate. It is the devil’s demise: “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a school of divine mercy. Divine Mercy is the attribute of God that confounds and undoes the malicious hatred of demons. On the cross, with one thrust of the sword into the Sacred Heart, a fount of saving mercy gushed forth. The Evil One knows: the victory is the Lord’s. The wound of His Sacred Heart is the wound of love that heals us, and defeats Satan.
  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a firewall against evil. Christ’s heart on fire pours out infinite love with the power to save. This repels the fallen angels and protects us from the devil’s burning desolation and destruction. The fire of divine love is a sanctifying fire leading to eternal beatitude. The fire of hell is a tortuous dead end.
  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the true Love story. In his book, A Heart on Fire, Father James Kubicki, S. J., wrote, “Sacred Heart devotion isn’t our devotion. It’s God’s. It’s God’s devotion to us first.” From Eden to Gethsemane to Calvary to the end of time, the devil seeks to distort and destroy God’s true Love story. Why? He has no place in it! He’s outside of God’s love by his free choice. When we live in the truth of God’s love story, we are safe, free, loved and equipped for the “good fight.”

Home Enthronement To The Sacred Heart of Jesus: For Love of Family

Recently I dialogued with Monsignor John Esseff on my weekly Radio Maria program, and he strongly exhorted listeners to consider the spiritual ritual of home enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Monsignor Esseff is a priest of 60 years, a spiritual son of St. Padre Pio, a former spiritual director of Mother Teresa, and a veteran exorcist. Experience has taught him the great spiritual benefits of home enthronement and personal consecration to the Sacred Heart.

Do you sometimes feel that God has abandoned or rejected you or your family? Is your home an environment of fear, anxiety, confusion, bitterness, unhappiness, or spiritual desolation? Monsignor Esseff advises, “There is a simple but effective way to make your home a Gibraltar in the midst of the evils that threaten to destroy the last stronghold of our Church and country—the family. Enthrone Christ as King of your home! Turn your family over to His Sacred Heart. Invite Him into your home as its Lord. Once the Sacred Heart of Jesus is enthroned in your home, He will give you special assistance. He will never abandon your family even if you let Him down. He has promised and He is faithful!” (Visit www.sacredheartapostolate.com for more information.)

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, reign in us that we may always console You. Amen.

Kathleen Beckman

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Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., serves as Co-founder and President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org). She is an author, radio host and retreat director who frequently speaks about the spiritual life to priests, seminarians, religious and laity in the United States and abroad. Often featured on EWTN TV and radio, Kathleen hosts the weekly program Living Eucharist, which airs internationally on Radio Maria. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women and the Pope Leo XIII Institute. Her new book Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization has a Foreword by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. and is published by Sophia Institute Press.

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  • Cbalducc

    Two of my aunts had their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The pictures are on the walls. I remember the picture in my paternal grandmother’s house, too. God bless.

  • Peatbogjeff

    See locutions.org everyone…John Esseff has discerned these ongoing and crucial messages for our time.

  • Riki

    THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

    In You, My Jesus, I confide

    to guide me thru this spiritual test

    enough, enough is that I cried

    help my mind and spirit rest

    King David said that every breath

    every heartbeat in our chest

    even the very moment of our death

    is defined by You, NOT second-guessed

    Child, what good is it to weep and cry

    I’m waiting for you, don’t you see

    your tears hurt Me, I can’t deny

    come to Me, go on a loving spree

    Feel the beating of My Heart

    it beats with love for you

    don’t leave Me, don’t depart

    it’s too early to say “adieu”

    You and your dearly beloveds

    are under My Divine protection

    I am the One Who longs for and covets

    your love, keep walking in My direction

    I love You so much my Jesus, my Master

    I don’t want to pierce Your Heart

    if I ever face that disaster

    touch me with Your Heavenly Dart

    Rita Biesemans, June 27 2014

    The Feast Day of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • Riki

    O U R H E A V E N L Y F A T H E R

    Father, we’re begging You for help

    watch us, like a lion’s whelp

    trying hard to persevere

    thru the cracks in our veneer

    Is there anything to fear

    with a Father ever so near

    a Father Who is Almighty

    sounds good ! Alrighty !

    All is safe in Your hands

    You have no contrabands

    Your gifts are so precious

    receiving them, our soul refreshes

    You are our Fortress, our Stronghold

    King, Commander of our household

    our Defender in the spiritual battle

    to escape satan’s poisonous rattle

    With You we will be victorious

    though the battle be very laborious

    triumphant banners we already wave

    with You on our side, we are ever so brave

    Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done !!!

    Rita Biesemans, June 28 2014

    Life a constant battle against the powers of evil in whatever shape or form they present

  • JimmyChonga

    Spend some time getting to know Sr. Josefa Menendez – a unique mystic with an unusual blending, in seems, of the influence of the theology of The Little Flower and St. Faustina. I’m blown away at the depth of God’s love for us rebellious, immature, teen-types. God have Mercy on us ALL.

  • NYCFiredog

    So true. Jesus to Sr. Josefa–

    “Write for My souls: The soul who constantly unites her life with Mine glorifies Me and does a great work for souls. Thus, if engaged in work of no value in itself . . . if she bathes it in My Blood or unites it to the work I Myself did during My mortal life, it will greatly profit souls . . . more perhaps, than if she had preached to the whole world . . . and that, whether she studies, speaks or writes . . . whether she sews, sweeps or rests . . . provided first that the act is sanctioned by obedience or duty and not done from mere caprice; secondly: that it is done in intimate union with Me, with great purity of intention and covered with My Blood.

    “I so much want souls to understand this! It is not the action in itself that is of value; it is the intention with which it is done. When I swept and labored in the workshop of Nazareth, I gave as much glory to My Father as when I preached during My Public Life. There are many souls who in the eyes of the world fill important posts and they give My Heart great glory; this is true. But I have many hidden souls who in their humble labors are very useful workers in My vineyard, for they are moved by love, and they know how to cover their deeds with supernatural gold by bathing them in My Blood. My love goes so far that My souls can draw great treasure out of mere nothing. When as soon as they wake they unite themselves to Me and offer their whole day with a burning desire that My Heart may use it for the profit of souls.

  • NYCFiredog

    Every Irish American apartment and even the bars had the picture of the Sacred Heart in Irish NY. Same with the Pizza places.

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