Today, as a First Friday, we remember with gratitude the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and we recall the motto of St John Henry Newman, ‘Cor ad Cor Loquitur’ – Heart speaks to Heart.
He also wrote this prayer: ‘O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, Thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and Thou beatest for us still. Now as then Thou sayest, Desiderio desideravi—”With desire I have desired.” I worship Thee then with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will. O my God, when Thou dost condescend to suffer me to receive Thee, to eat and drink Thee, and Thou for a while takest up Thy abode within me, O make my heart beat with Thy Heart. Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and sensual, all that is hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all disorder, of all deadness. So fill it with Thee, that neither the events of the day nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle it, but that in Thy love and Thy fear it may have peace’.
May we know the blessing and love of the Sacred Heart this day, and may God bless you.