SOUL FOOD Talk #18 – The Sacred Heart of Jesus
A SHORT HISTORY
1. Most of us are well acquainted with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We probably remember especially something of the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a Visitation nun; she had a personal revelation through a series of visions of Christ as she prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. She wrote, “He disclosed to me the marvels of his Love and the inexplicable secrets of his Sacred Heart.” Christ emphasized to her His love — and His woundedness caused by Man’s indifference to this love. [We may not remember the great promises attached to this devotion or the requirements of this devotion:
2. He promised that, in response to those who consecrate themselves and make reparations to His Sacred Heart:
He will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
He will establish peace in their homes.
He will comfort them in all their afflictions.
He will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
He will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
Sinners will find in His Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
He will bless every place in which an image of His Heart is exposed and honored.
He will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in His Heart.
In the excessive mercy of His Heart that His all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in His disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. His divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
3. Devotion to the Sacred Heart has two elements: consecration and reparation: We consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart by acknowledging Him as Creator and Redeemer and as having full rights over us as King of Kings, by repenting, and by resolving to serve Him. We make reparations for the indifference and ingratitude with which He is treated and for leaving Him abandoned by humanity. The devotions attached to these promises are:
Receiving Communion frequently
First Fridays: going to Confession and receiving the Eucharist on the first Friday of each month for nine consecutive months. Many parishes will offer public First Friday devotions; if they do, you must perform First Fridays publicly. If it isn’t so offered in your parish, you can do this privately, going to Confession, receiving the Eucharist, and offering your prayers for the intention of the Holy Father.
Holy Hour: Eucharistic Adoration for one hour on Thursdays (“Could you not watch one hour with me?”). Holy Hour can be made alone or as part of a group with formal prayers.
4. EARLIER DEVOTION: From the earliest days of the Church, “Christ’s open side and the mystery of blood and water were meditated upon, and the Church was beheld issuing from the side of Jesus, as Eve came forth from the side of Adam. It is in the eleventh and twelfth centuries that we find the first unmistakable indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart. Through the wound in the side, the wounded Heart was gradually reached, and the wound in the Heart symbolized the wound of love.” (Catholic Encyclopedia)
5. St. John Chrysostom (b. ca. 347) in his 85th Homily on the Gospel of St. John wrote: For “there came forth water and blood.” Not without a purpose, or by chance, did those founts come forth, but because by means of these two together the Church consisteth. And the initiated know it, being by water indeed regenerated, and nourished by the Blood and the Flesh. Hence the Mysteries take their beginning; that when thou approachest to that awe-ful cup, thou mayest so approach, as drinking from the very side.
6. St. Bonaventure, 1221-1274 –An excerpt from his work is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated each year on the second Friday after the Feast of Pentecost. Here Bonaventure reflects on the meaning of the blood and water flowing from the side of Christ crucified, the living water of sacramental grace coming from the loving heart of the Savior. His comments are in part a commentary on several lines of Psalm 36, which is used in the office of the feast: “Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven, your truth to the skies . . . In you is the source of life and in your light we see light.”
7. “Take thought now, redeemed man, and consider how great and worthy is he who hangs on the cross for you. His death brings the dead to life, but at his passing heaven and earth are plunged into mourning and hard rocks are split asunder.
8. It was a divine decree that permitted one of the soldiers to open his sacred side with a lance. This was done so that the Church might be formed from the side of Christ as he slept the sleep of death on the cross, and so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‘They shall look on him whom they pierced’. The blood and water which poured out at that moment were the price of our salvation. Flowing from the secret abyss of our Lord’s heart as from a fountain, this stream gave the sacraments of the Church the power to confer the life of grace, while for those already living in Christ it became a spring of living water welling up to life everlasting.
9. “Arise, then, beloved of Christ! Imitate the dove ‘that nests in a hole in the cliff’, keeping watch at the entrance ‘like the sparrow that finds a home’. There like the turtledove hide your little ones, the fruit of your chaste love. Press your lips to the fountain, ‘draw water from the wells of your Savior; for this is the spring flowing out of the middle of paradise, dividing into four rivers’, inundating devout hearts, watering the whole earth and making it fertile.
10. “Run with eager desire to this source of life and light, all you who are vowed to God’s service. Come, whoever you may be, and cry out to him with all the strength of your heart. “O indescribable beauty of the most high God and purest radiance of eternal light! Life that gives all life, light that is the source of every other light, preserving in everlasting splendor the myriad flames that have shone before the throne of your divinity from the dawn of time! Eternal and inaccessible fountain, clear and sweet stream flowing from a hidden spring, unseen by mortal eye! None can fathom your depths nor survey your boundaries, none can measure your breadth, nothing can sully your purity. From you flows ‘the river which gladdens the city of God’ and makes us cry out with joy and thanksgiving in hymns of praise to you, for we know by our own experience that ‘with you is the source of life, and in your light we see light’.
11. St. Gertrude the Great, b. 1256 –-General devotion to the Sacred Heart, the birthplace of the Church and the font of Love, was popular in Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries, especially in response to the devotion of St. Gertrude. Saint Gertrude had a vision on the feast of John the Evangelist. She was resting her head near the wound in the Savior’s side and hearing the beating of the Divine Heart. She asked Saint John if on the night of the Last Supper, he had felt these pulsations, why he had never spoken of the fact. Saint John replied that this revelation had been reserved for subsequent ages when the world, having grown cold, would have need of it to rekindle its love.
12. 1353 Pope Innocent VI instituted a Mass honoring the mystery of the Sacred Heart.
The Catholic Encyclopedia further explains: “Devotion to the Sacred Heart may be defined as devotion to the adorable Heart of Jesus Christ in so far as this Heart represents and recalls His love; or, what amounts to the same thing, devotion to the love of Jesus Christ in so far as this love is recalled and symbolically represented to us by His Heart of flesh. Hence the devotion is based entirely upon the symbolism of the heart. It is this symbolism that imparts to its meaning and its unity, and this symbolism is admirably completed by the representation of the Heart as wounded.”
13. COMMENTARY: I think it necessary to get some historical perspective on this devotion because while public knowledge and perception of devotion to the Sacred Heart has diminished in recent decades, our bases for devotion have, if anything, increased. I think we also need to keep in mind that the actual physical heart of Christ, because of its presence in the form of the Eucharist, should not be considered only as a “symbol”. It is not like any other symbol that we have because the physical heart of Christ is alive and present among us in a way unlike any other physical symbol. I would like to refer now to an experience, a Eucharistic miracle, which our present Pope Francis had as Cardinal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I present here the entire incident:
14. THE PHYSICAL HEART OF CHRIST: A consecrated Host becomes flesh and blood. At seven o’clock in the evening on August 18, 1996, Fr. Alejandro Pezet was saying Holy Mass at a Catholic church in the commercial center of Buenos Aires. As he was finishing distributing Holy Communion, a woman came up to tell him that she had found a discarded host on a candle holder at the back of the church. On going to the spot indicated, Fr. Alejandro saw the defiled Host. Since he was unable to consume it, he placed it in a container of water and put it away in the tabernacle of the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.
15. On Monday, August 26, upon opening the tabernacle, he saw to his amazement that the Host had turned into a bloody substance. He informed Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio [now Pope Francis], who gave instructions that the Host be professionally photographed. The photos were taken on September 6. They clearly show that the Host, which had become a fragment of bloodied flesh, had grown significantly in size. For several years the Host remained in the tabernacle, the whole affair being kept a strict secret. Since the Host suffered no visible decomposition, Cardinal Bergoglio decided to have it scientifically analyzed.
16. On October 5, 1999, in the presence of the Cardinal’s representatives, Dr. Castanon took a sample of the bloody fragment and sent it to New York for analysis. Since he did not wish to prejudice the study, he purposely did not inform the team of scientists of its provenance. One of these scientists was Dr. Frederic Zugiba, the well-known cardiologist and forensic pathologist. He determined that the analyzed substance was real flesh and blood containing human DNA. Zugiba testified that, “the analyzed material is a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle close to the valves. This muscle is responsible for the contraction of the heart. It should be borne in mind that the left cardiac ventricle pumps blood to all parts of the body. The heart muscle is in an inflammatory condition and contains a large number of white blood cells. This indicates that the heart was alive at the time the sample was taken. It is my contention that the heart was alive, since white blood cells die outside a living organism. They require a living organism to sustain them. Thus, their presence indicates that the heart was alive when the sample was taken. What is more, these white blood cells had penetrated the tissue, which further indicates that the heart had been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest.”
17. Two Australians, journalist Mike Willesee and lawyer Ron Tesoriero, witnessed these tests. Knowing where sample had come from, they were dumbfounded by Dr. Zugiba’s testimony. Mike Willesee asked the scientist how long the white blood cells would have remained alive if they had come from a piece of human tissue, which had been kept in water. They would have ceased to exist in a matter of minutes, Dr. Zugiba replied. The journalist then told the doctor that the source of the sample had first been kept in ordinary water for a month and then for another three years in a container of distilled water; only then had the sample been taken for analysis. Dr. Zugiba’s was at a loss to account for this fact. There was no way of explaining it scientifically, he stated. Only then did Mike Willesee inform Dr. Zugiba that the analyzed sample came from a consecrated Host (white, unleavened bread) that had mysteriously turned into bloody human flesh. Amazed by this information, Dr. Zugiba replied, “How and why a consecrated Host would change its character and become living human flesh and blood will remain an inexplicable mystery to science—a mystery totally beyond her competence.” http://www.loamagazine.org/nr/the_main_topic/eucharistic_miracle_in_buenos.html
Other articles on this Eucharistic Miracle explain that the tech who examined the sacred tissue under the microscope was scandalized to see it actually pulsing. He called Buenos Aires and demanded to know how this tissue sample could have been collected from a living heart without compromising the life of the patient.
18. Comparison with Lanciano and the Shroud of Turin
The results of the analysis of the New York Institute were finally compared with those of another Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano that, the earliest known of its kind in Lanciano, both the remains of a bloody Host and preserved human heart, which was transformed from a consecrated Host. The Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano is already 1300 years old, and yet there still remains a Host and part of the heart muscle can be seen and is exhibited in the local Franciscan Church. The miracle occurred in the first half of the 8th Century, when the area of Lanciano in southern Italy was Lombard. From Byzantium many monks fled West due to the iconoclast controversy under Emperor Leo III. (717-741). One of them, a Greek Basilian, doubted while he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Real Presence of Christ. He doubted that the bread and wine would actually convert into flesh and remain the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. During the consecration, the bread turned in his hands and under his eyes actually into flesh and blood. Recent scientific studies have also confirmed it has been a revered relic for almost 1,300 years as human blood and human heart tissue. There were no preservatives found that could explain such a long preservation.
19. None of the scientists were informed about the origin of the two samples from Italy and Argentina when comparing the studies of Lanciano and Buenos Aires. The comparison showed that the studied samples come from the same person in both cases. The blood type is AB + for each, which occurs in about five percent of all people worldwide. The DNA is the same in the both cases. In addition, there are features that the man came from the Middle East. Further comparisons showed the same agreement with the grave cloth of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo [Spain–The Sudarium (Latin for sweat cloth) is claimed by some to be the cloth wrapped around the head of Jesus Christ after he died, as mentioned in the Gospel of John (20:6-7)]. http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2013/07/eucharistic-miracle-of-buenos-aires.html
20. COMMENTARY: I was struck when I read recently from Pope Pius XII’s 1956 encyclical, Haurietis Aquas (On Devotion To The Sacred Heart): Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Christ Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on his interior life and on His threefold love — His divine love, His burning love that fed His human will, and His sensible love that affects His interior life.… Likewise we ought to meditate most lovingly on the beating of His Sacred Heart by which He seemed, as it were, to measure the time of His sojourn on earth until that final moment when, as the Evangelists testify, “crying out with a loud voice ‘It is finished.’, and bowing His Head, He yielded up the ghost.” Then it was that His heart ceased to beat and His sensible love was interrupted until the time when, triumphing over death, He rose from the tomb. But after His glorified body had been re-united to the soul of the divine Redeemer, conqueror of death, His most Sacred Heart never ceased, and never will cease, to beat with calm and imperturbable pulsations. Likewise, it will never cease to symbolize the threefold love with which He is bound to His heavenly Father and the entire human race, of which He has every claim to be the mystical Head.
21. What seems so extraordinary to me, though we have known all of our lives that Jesus actually and physically comes to us in the Eucharist every time we receive Holy Communion, is that it is literally His physical Heart that He gives to each one of us. His living, pulsing Heart, symbolic of His love, but so very much alive, a human heart, a glorified Heart which becomes one with our own little humanity, our own hearts of flesh. [Remember also that Jesus gives His entire glorified self to us, not just his physical heart, in the Eucharist.]
22. I was not satisfied to find out only this information, the origins of the devotion, about the actual physical heart of Jesus; I went to Ven. Archbishop Luis Martinez because I wanted to enter into the deepest aspects of His heart, his emotional life, his feelings as God and man. I didn’t even have a name for what I was searching for, but I wanted to go as deep as I could into understanding this precious Heart which is sacred, divine, yet human. I wanted to be like St. Gertrude, resting on that chest, hearing that unimaginable Heart, pulsing, speaking Life.
23. I found in Archbishop Martinez’ book [he is the bishop who directed Conchita] ONLY JESUS, part 3: The Interior of the Heart of Jesus. Of the many pages full of beautiful reflections, I can share only a few, but meaningful parts. Here are the first, basic parts: Plenitude of Purity, Abyss of Divine Virtues, Fount of Holiness—do these sound familiar? I thought immediately of the Litany of the Sacred Heart! We should go back to it and meditate on it. But Ven. Archbishop Luis gives us hints of what depths these phrases contain. For example, Jesus’ heart is a Plenitude of Purity. We humans tend to see purity as the absence of dirt, stain or sin. But we can hardly understand Purity in reference to itself, Purity as Purity for itself alone: “Divine purity is unfathomable in its simplicity; it contains all perfection, all beauty; it is the infinite being of God…In that Heart there is nothing that is not divine—divine looks, divine feelings, divine throbbings. Consequently, everything in that Heart is purity of the highest order. Even the purity of Mary grows pale before the purity of Jesus’ heart.” [p. 157]
24. Abyss of Divine Virtues: Purity positively considered is the divinization of the soul. The soul of Jesus was divinized, first, by the hypostatic union—the ineffable communication of divine purity with the Word of God; secondly, by the most bountiful effusion of sanctifying grace with its cortege of virtues and gifts; and lastly, by a third grace distinguished by theologians as belonging to Jesus in His office as Head of regenerated humanity. He received graces in order to infuse them into souls.” Remember the host which became the heart muscle—the very muscle which pumps blood throughout the body?
Archbishop Luis continues, “It is this harmonious and inexpressible union of the divine and the human in the Heart of Jesus that attracts us so powerfully. If He were not human, or rather, if He did not become man, this purity would not be so adapted to us. If He were not divine, it would neither draw us, nor satisfy us, nor divinize us.” [p161] Further, “In God all the virtues are one single reality and they are infinite…the Heart of Jesus possesses the virtues that accompany sanctifying grace, though most perfect in degree, admirable in plenitude, and harmonious in their unity—veritable depths forming a single profound immensity.”
25. Fount of Holiness: “’the Church, all spotless and fair,’ adorned with the purity of Jesus is so beautiful; its center, the Divine Heart, spreads purity throughout the entire mystical body, as the heart in a living organism pumps the life-giving blood throughout the system.” [p. 167]. Just think of this when you receive Holy Communion, the heart muscle of Christ is pumping love, purity, and divinity throughout your soul and your body! “Wherever purity appears, there is the hand of Jesus. There is the influence of His heart, since each of the stages of our spiritual life is an enrichment of innocence. In each step there is a new contact with Jesus, a new outpouring of love from His most Sacred Heart to our poor heart.” [p. 169] Speaking of baptism: “That kiss of love is not the only one nor is that effusion of purity the last one.”
26. Archbishop Luis speaks also of the “Delights of Divine Love,” in the Heart of Jesus. How beautifully he describes divine love in His heart: “Touched by this love, our soul languishes with admiration and tenderness; wounded with love, it feels a burning thirst….One dreams about it, sighs for it, but without being able to express its sweetness, its ardor, its purity, its delicacy. ‘He passed through here,’ speaks the soul who has felt it, ‘I saw His sacred shadow projected against my smallness; but I could not catch a glimpse of His divine countenance. At His step the flowers bloomed in the desert of my spirit; the night of my mind was illumined with midday splendor; my heart burned as Sinai when the voice of the Lord sounded, and my whole being, stirred even to the depths, melted like wax when Love passed by.”
27. Then Archbishop Martinez interprets for us: “The charm of the divine is to feel it without understanding it, to relish it without defining it precisely, to embrace it without encompassing it. The soul smitten by that divine love experiences a joy in a continuous spiritual development, though the soul never becomes adequate for the love that has touched it. There is no joy comparable to this unspeakable dilation….” [p. 187-188] But he adds a detail which should open our heart to what Jesus felt in his own very human heart: “This divine love which can be neither defined nor expressed, this love whose charm consists in being enjoyed without being understood, has been lavished upon the Heart of Jesus in its divine fullness in the hypostatic union….If it were not for Jesus, God would not kiss our souls, nor could our souls support the divine kiss without dying. But Jesus enclosed what is divine in love in the sheer, transparent cloth of human love. Across this love—similar to our own—which is adapted to our weakness, we catch a glimpse of eternal love, so that without dying, we experience its inexpressible sweetness. ” 
28. In his chapter on Christ’s love for priests, we find this line, “…this love is a singular love, because each soul is for God ‘one beyond compare’…No two loves are the same, for each soul has its own special character…God created each soul precisely that way in order that each soul might love Him with a love which is never duplicated.”  From this reflection we will later gain a much deeper insight and appreciation for the incalculable suffering of the Heart of Christ.
29. When I reached chapter 24, “Love’s Suffering” I was immensely moved as I grew in understanding of the Sacred Heart. First, Archbishop Martinez explained that sin is the cause of all of Jesus’ suffering. The reaction of the Divine to this evil [sin] is infinite rage and hated—God is infinite Purity and sin is utter pollution. Upon reacting against the evil of sin, the love of the Sacred Heart was changed into unutterable pain. In the bosom of the Divinity, sin cannot be experienced as pain; in the Heart of Jesus, sin is experienced as pain. Archbishop Martinez explains: “In God this hatred [of sin] is sanctity and Justice; in the souls of the reprobate, it produces hell; in the Heart of Jesus it elicited …the sorrows of hell.’
30. Because He is man, Jesus can suffer. Because He is God, He can suffer to the infinite: unmitigated, bitter, intense, deep, unutterable pain. “Gather together in thought, in imagination all the sorrows suffered by men since the beginning of the world and all that they will suffer until the end of time. What a variety of martyrdoms! What intensity of pain! What an accumulation of sufferings! The sufferings of Jesus far surpass this inconceivable mass of pain…”  We all know sorrow. Nothing is more human. But we cannot begin to understand human sorrow extended to the infinite. Archbishop Martinez laments: “O Jesus, how could You have lived thirty-three years, bearing in your heart that immense sorrow? How could You smile with your heart lacerated? How did your serenity conceal your unspeakable interior martyrdom?” And all of this suffering permeated Him before and during his physical passion…. “ Jesus always had the beatific vision in the superior part of His soul, while at the same time the lower part was plunged into an abyss of suffering. How to explain that strange combination? …it is certain that the sorrow of Jesus is intense, cruel, incomprehensible, unmitigated, not only on account of its source, because love alone caused it; not only on account of its fruit—the sinlessness of souls and the glory of God—but also because it is most pure in itself. It admits neither alleviation nor comfort. It is pure as the infinite is pure. It is pure as all that reflects the infinite is pure, even though it may be sorrow.” 
31. What sends us reeling here is the dimension of pain. We have all meditated on the Passion of Christ, but we tend to see it as horrible, primarily physical sufferings which He endured 2000 years ago. We should not forget that the drama of the Redemption is ongoing. When will it end? Only the Father knows. We do know this, the vicious spiritual warfare is even more intense today than it has been throughout the last 2000 years. Sin is more grievous and torrid than it has ever been. Abortion alone is unspeakable. And we know this too, the Heart of Christ is living, pulsing in our Tabernacles, contending with the hearts of all the men alive today. And will be till this whole drama is over once and for all.
32. As I read and reread what Archbishop Martinez had to say of the Heart of Jesus, I wrote this in my prayer journal: “9/2/14– Today the Lord let me enter the sorrow of His Sacred Heart. He let me see how sin translates into rage by Divine Justice and intense sorrow by the Sacred Heart of Jesus who is human that He may suffer, and who is Divine that He may suffer unmitigated sorrow. Then He gave me a vision of what He has held in His Heart since the Incarnation: the face of every child since the beginning of time, the innocent child of His Heart, every one, till assaulted by personal sin or the assaults of other sinners—what a barrage of pain, His sense of loss and suffering for each little one, for the aborted, for those lost to Satan. Not only is the sinner a victim of his own sin, but his sin victimizes other souls, like a Ponzi scheme, like ripples on a lake which spread indefinitely when a pebble is tossed in….”
I wept for two hours. Jesus, never let me lose this vision of souls, and when we pray for souls, these, your babies, are what we pray for.
33. We are constantly praying for souls, intensely, sometimes very emotionally when the objects of our prayer are loved ones, living or deceased; but it is the vision of all these little faces which struck me with such power because for just a short time He made me see all of these souls, every human being who has ever lived or will live, as He sees them. The innocence and potential purity of each one. Remember Archbishop Martinez’ remark: “…this love is a singular love, because each soul is for God ‘one beyond compare’…No two loves are the same, for each soul has its own special character…God created each soul precisely that way in order that each soul might love Him with a love which is never duplicated.” 
34. For the Heart of Jesus, that little face, “one beyond compare” is His whole focus, the infinite delight of His Heart or the unmitigated sorrow of His Heart. It is as though that one little face is the only one that has ever existed or will ever exist and the fullness of His Heart rests on that little one. Now reflect on all the people who have died. So many have been lost to perdition. Can you imagine His grief? His sorrow both in the Garden of Gethsemane and right now as He looks at our century, our country, our family?
35. Don’t just reflect on the lost souls, but on the barrage of pain inflicted on victim souls, on the abused, for example. His Heart has felt every pain of every hurt or frightened child—and it is His child’s face that Jesus sees in every confused, broken adult. The loss of innocence and purity everywhere drowned, killed, mutilated, in the clutches of the evil one. The Sacred Heart of Jesus takes personally every hurt to every child of His Heart. Can we ever again “pray for souls” without seeing with Him all those innocent faces in harm’s way?
36. Let us continue to meditate and throw ourselves into the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to lean in those loving arms against His side, to listen to that mighty Heart. Enter his Purity and Love, enter His sorrows with Him. Revisit the Litany of the Sacred Heart:
LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the Word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
Make our hearts like unto Thine.
Let us pray
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.