In honor of yesterday’s Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this week’s quick takes are links I’ve found this week along with photos I’ve taken over the years, all relating the Sacred Heart:
18th century polychrome wood and fabric statue of the Sacred Heart in the Museum of Sacred Art in Sao Paulo Brazil
"Popular Piety: The Sacred Heart of Jesus" on the Dominican blog Godzdogz gives a good short introduction to history and meaning of the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Our Lord is compassion and love. Devotion to the Sacred Heart stirs us to call upon Him who provides all things, and to dedicate ourselves to Him in loving humility. We have in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, therefore, a timeless devotion which we would do well to make our own. - source
Chapel of the Sacred Heart in the church at the
Here’s an excerpt from a post by Ellyn von Huben on the Word on Fire blog:
As May was the month of Our Mother Mary, June is the month of the Sacred Heart of her beloved her son Jesus. It is often said that the mother is the heart of the home. Which is not an expression I would dispute. But on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we honor what should be the heart of hearts in every home. - source
side altar with statue of the Sacred Heart, Old Mission of San Juan Bautista in San Jose, California. The mission dates from 1797.
The Monastery of the Visitation in Mobile, Alabama is a cloistered convent of nuns. The building used to house a school; it is now used as a retreat center.
When you enter the Visitation monastery in Mobile, a mysterious framed image of the Sacred Heart from the 19th century is the very first thing you see. It is titled “Archconfraternity of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart.” The Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart originated in the 1860’s at a Visitation monastery in France, and in succeeding decades spread through the monasteries of that order worldwide.
According to an article on the website Catholic Truths:
the Guard of Honor to the Sacred Heart—the result of an inspiration given to Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart Bernaud, a nun of the Visitation monastery in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, on March 13, 1863—as a way of keeping the Heart of Christ company, of honoring and consoling It. … On June 7, 1862, the community in Bourg-en-Bresse was solemnly consecrated to the Sacred Heart. At the end of the year, most of the nuns in this community signed and act of abandonment to the Heart of Jesus. On the feast of Epiphany 1863, the Sacred Heart was chosen as “King of the Year.” A few weeks later, Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart had a mental vision of a dial showing the hours of the day and night. After drawing a reproduction, she wrote the words “glory, love, reparation” around it. She then put the image of the Sacred Heart in the center of the dial. On March 13th, the third Friday of Lent, the Feast of the Five Wounds of Our Lord, she brought this first dial of the Guard of Honor to her superior, who blessed it and gladly agreed to have the names of all the sisters in the community inscribed on it.
Those who wish to join this work of reparation can do so by dedicationg an hour each day to the “guard of honor.” Their name will be inscribed on the dial in the place corresponding to the hour they have chosen. During this hour, without changing their activity, they will mentally unite themselves to Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, offering to Jesus whatever they are doing—at school, at work, reading, preparing a meal, doing errands, traveling, studying, doing a favor, praying… They will strive to think a little lore about Jesus and to make at least an act of love, and preferably a small sacrifice. But no particular action is prescribed—only goodwill is required. Thus “members” across the world will succeed each other in “standing guard” at the foot of the Cross, in the company of the Blessed Virgin, Saint Mary Magdalene, and Saint John. Jesus will not be forgotten at any hour during the day. …
Soon, other monasteries were invited to join this spiritual movement, and the devotion spread by word of mouth to the faithful attracted to this spiritual program. At the monastery of Paray-le Monial, there was great surprise when they received the dial of the Guard of Honor, because the dial exactly like it already had been developed there. One year later, on March 9, 1864, the Guard of Honor was approved by Pope Pius IX and erected as a Confraternity, then raised to an Archconfraternity under Leo XIII on November 26, 1878. - source
The Mobile monastery’s website gives an explanation of the Guard of Honor:
The Guard of Honor, the Hour of Presence, of the Sacred Heart is a little army rallied around the Eucharistic Throne of Jesus, where hour after hour, faithful sentinels replace one another in spirit, to offer to the Heart of Jesus a perpetual homage of glory, love and reparation.
The origin of the Guard of Honor may be traced back to the first watch on Calvary, when our Blessed Lady, St. John and Mary Magdalen offered to the transpierced Heart of Jesus the first homage of glory, love and reparation.
CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP: In order to become a member of the Guard of honor and to share in the Masses and in the indulgences granted to the Archconfraternity it is necessary:
1. To be enrolled by the General Director of a Confraternity, canonically erected, or by a Zelator, regularly authorized to receive enrollments.
2. To be inscribed on a Dial of the Archconfraternity.
3. To make daily an hour of guard. Those who desire to be ranked amongst the Guards of Honor of the Sacred Heart must choose an hour during which, without changing their ordinary occupations, they place themselves each day, in spirit near the Tabernacle. - source
This life-sized statue of the Sacred Heart is in the visiting parlor of the Monastery of the Visitation in Mobile, Alabama. In this room guests visit with the cloistered nuns who are behind a wooden grill screen.
for more quick takes visit this week’s roundup, hosted by Jen of Conversion Diary