Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. he asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour.
When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine — it is the Heart of God.
There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His love for us.
In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love. This love of Christ for us was the moving force of all he did and suffered for us — in Nazareth, on the Cross, in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His teaching and healing, in His praying and working. When we speak of the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus showing us His Heart, Jesus all love for us and all lovable.
Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God’s infinite love. The Human Nature which the Son of God took upon Himself was filled with love and kindness that has never found an equal. He is the perfect model of love of God and neighbor.
Every day of His life was filled with repeated proofs of “Christ’s love that surpasses all knowledge” (Eph 3:19). Jesus handed down for all time the fundamental feature of His character: “Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). He invited all, refusing none, surprising friends and rivals by His unconditional generosity.
The meaning of love in the life of Jesus was especially evident in His sufferings. Out of love for His Father He willed to undergo the death of the Cross. “The world must know that I love the Father and do just as the Father has commanded Me” (Jn 14:31).
The love that Jesus bore toward us also urged Him to undergo the death of the Cross. At the Last Supper, He said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13)
The Heart of Jesus never ceases to love us in heaven. He sanctifies us through the Sacraments. These are inexhaustible fountains of grace and holiness which have their source in the boundless ocean of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (via EWTN.)
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.
The Revelations of devotion to the Sacred Heart, specifically the First Friday Devotions were revealed to Sr. Margaret Mary Aloque, of the Visitation Sisters, which is the order founded by St. Jane de Chantal.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this year, is Friday, June 23. (Padre Pio recited this novena every day for all those who requested his prayers.)
Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…….(here name your request) Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…..(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, we will be having a formal observance of the First Saturday Devotions, beginning Saturday, June 3, and ending Saturday October 7. We will continue to observe them, though less formally, from here on.
During her July 1917 apparition at Fatima, Our Lady said to Lucy, “I shall come to ask… that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”
“Many consider the First Five Saturdays to be a forgotten part of the Fatima message, and very few people observe them,” said EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary. “This is to help inspire people to observe the five first Saturdays.”
“This devotion has four parts – all four should be made in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy and ingratitude and for peace in the world,” Fr. Joseph continued.
- First, one should go to confession, generally eight days before or after the First Saturday of the month
- Second, one should receive Holy Communion on the First Saturday of the month
- Third, recite five decades of the Rosary
- Fourth, meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
There are great benefits for those who comply with this request. Our Lady told Sister Lucia she would “assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months confess, receive Holy Communion, pray a rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour meditating on the 15 mysteries with the intention of offering reparation.”
Many ask why Our Lady asked her children to observe FIVE first Saturdays. Our Lady told Sister Lucia the five Saturdays are to make reparation for the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies uttered against her Immaculate Heart.
The offenses are
- against her Immaculate Conception
- against her virginity
- against her Divine maternity
- by those who openly seek to foster in the hearts of children indifference, or even hatred, for this Immaculate Mother
- by those who directly outrage her holy images
Our First Friday Schedule is as follows:
8:00am Mass – followed by Adoration until 7pm
Following are some of the words given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (of the Visitation Sisters, founded by St. Jane de Chantal) starting in June, 1674.
Our Lord makes known the Devotion of the First Fridays: June 1674
“On the First Friday of each month, the above-mentioned
grace connected with the pain in my side was renewed in
the following manner: the Sacred Heart was represented
to me as a resplendent sun, the burning rays of which
fell vertically upon my heart, which was inflamed with
a fire so fervid that it seemed as if it would reduce
me to ashes. It was at these times especially that my
Divine Master taught me what He required of me and
disclosed to me the secrets of His loving Heart. On one
occasion, while the Blessed Sacrament was exposed,
feeling wholly withdrawn within myself by an
extraordinary recollection of all my senses and powers,
Jesus Christ, my sweet Master, presented Himself to me,
all resplendent with glory, His Five Wounds shining
like so many suns. Flames issued from every part of His
Sacred Humanity, especially from His Adorable Breast,
which resembled an open furnace and disclosed to me His
most loving and most amiable Heart, which was the
living source of these flames. It was then that He made
known to me the ineffable marvels of His pure love and
showed me to what an excess He had loved men, from whom
He received only ingratitude and contempt.
“I feel this more than all that I suffered
during My Passion. If only they would make Me
some return for My Love, I should think but
little of all I have done for them and would
wish, were it possible, to suffer still more.
But the sole return they make for all My
eagerness to do them good is to reject Me and
treat Me with coldness. Do you at least
console Me by supplying for their
ingratitude, as far as you are able.”
“On representing to Him my inability, He replied:”
“Behold, this will supply for all that is
wanting to you.”
“And at the same time His Divine Heart being opened,
there issued from It a flame so ardent that I thought I
should be consumed, for I was wholly penetrated with
it, and being no longer able to bear it, I besought Him
to have pity on my weakness.”
“I will be your strength. Fear nothing, but
be attentive to My voice and to what I shall
require of you that you may be in the
requisite disposition for the accomplishment
of My designs. In the first place you shall
receive Me in Holy Communion as often as
obedience (to your confessor and superiors)
will permit you, despite the mortification
and humiliation it may cause you, which you
must receive as pledges of My Love. You
shalt, moreover, communicate on the First
Friday of each month. Every night between the
Thursday and the (first) Friday I will make
you share in My mortal sadness which I was
pleased to feel in the Garden of Olives, and
this sadness, without you being able to
understand it, shall reduce you to a kind of
agony harder to endure than death itself. And
in order to bear Me company in the humble
prayer that I then offered to My Father, in
the midst of My anguish, you shall rise
between 11 P.M. and midnight, and remain
prostrate with Me for an hour, not only to
appease the divine anger by begging mercy for
sinners, but also to mitigate in some way the
bitterness which I felt at that time on
finding Myself abandoned by My Apostles,
which obliged Me to reproach them for not
being able to watch one hour with Me. During
that hour you shall do what I shall teach
you. But listen, My daughter, believe not
lightly and trust not every spirit, for Satan
is enraged and will seek to deceive you.
Therefore, do nothing without the approval of
those who guide you; being thus under the
authority of obedience, his efforts against
you will be in vain, for he has no power over
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is transferred to Sunday.
On Thursday, May 25, we will have a Mass at 6:30am in the Extraordinary Form which will be a traditional Mass for Ascension. And at 8:00am we will have a regularly schedule daily Mass.
Thursday is not a Holy Day of Obligation in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
The funeral Mass for Ben Spansel will begin at 12 Noon, preceded by visitation, prayer, and words of remembrance, which will start at 11am. The Church will be open prior to that.
Benjamin Louis Spansel, died on Saturday May 13, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Covington, Louisiana and was a long time resident of Bush Louisiana, and currently resided in Lafayette, Louisiana.
He was the beloved son of Billy and Cheryl Spansel. He attended Fifth Ward, and graduated from Covington High School in 2010, where he was a member of the Covington High School Marching Band. He achieved his FAA certification in Aviation Maintenance in 2013 from Acadiana Technical in Lafayette, Louisiana.
He was employed as an Airframe and Powerplant Technician at Express Jet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Benjamin was a member of the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009. He achieved his Eagle rank upon completion of an outdoor deck in the front of Covington High School.
Benjamin is survived by his parents Billy and Cheryl, his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Patricia Cuccia, of Pearl River Louisiana; and his paternal grandparents, William and Mildred Spansel of Kenner Louisiana. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Brittney Watson of New Iberia, Louisiana and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends who all loved him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in Benjamin’s honor to the Celtic Corgi Rescue organization. Donations can be mailed to 11187 N. E. 10th St., Choctaw OK 70320, or the Celtic Corgi Rescue page on Facebook.