"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ"

"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ"
"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ" according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider: 1. Mass versus populum. 2. Communion in the hand. 3. The Novus Ordo Offertory prayers. 4. Disappearance of Latin in the Ordinary Form. 5. Liturgical services of lector and acolyte by women and ministers in lay clothing.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Heart of the Matter

Whoever loves a friend, consoles himself, in some sort, for his absence, by the sight of his portrait; he carries it with him, kisses it tenderly, and often looks at it. This is what the devout Lanspergius advises us to do with regard to pictures of the Heart of Jesus. "Have by you,'' says he, "to keep alive your devotion, some picture of this adorable Heart; place it in a position in which you may see it frequently, that the sight of it may enkindle in you the fire of divine love; kiss the picture with the same devotion, with which you would kiss the Heart of Jesus Christ; enter in spirit within this divine Heart; impress your own heart upon it; bury your whole soul within it; pray that it may be absorbed in it; strive to draw into your own heart the spirit which animates that of Jesus, His graces, His virtues, in a word, all the saving power of this sacred Heart; for the Heart of Jesus is an overflowing fountain of every good."

To say no more; if this were not a salutary practice, would the Church teach her children, as she does, to pay honour to holy images? St Teresa remarks, in her life, with that admirable simplicity which is so characteristic of her; "Having but little talent for representing objects to myself, I was extremely fond of pictures. Oh! how much those are to be pitied who lose, through their own fault, the help they might derive from them. It is evident that they have no love for our Lord; for they would be glad if they really loved Him, to see His picture; just as persons in the world are glad to look on the portraits of those whom they love."

But nothing is better calculated to excite us to this veneration for pictures of the Heart of Jesus, than the pleasure, which we know it gives Him, to see them honoured. Hear what Mary Margaret says on this subject. "One day, on the Feast of St John the Evangelist, after Holy Communion, the Heart of Jesus was represented to me as on a throne, formed of fire and flames, shedding rays on every side, and brighter than the sun. The wound, which He received upon the Cross, was clearly visible; a crown of thorns encircled this sacred Heart; and it was surmounted by a cross. Our divine Saviour gave me to understand, that those instruments of the Passion signified, that the source of all His sufferings had been the boundless love of His Heart for men; that all those torments and insults had been placed before Him, from the first moment of His incarnation; and that the Cross was, so to say, planted in His Heart, from that moment; that, from that same moment, He accepted all the sorrows and humiliations, which His sacred humanity was to suffer during the course of His mortal life, together with all the outrages to which He was to expose Himself to the end of time, for the love of mankind, by dwelling amongst them in the Blessed Sacrament. My Saviour," she adds, "assured me, that He took a singular pleasure in seeing the interior sentiments of His Heart honoured under the figure of this heart of flesh, in the manner in which it had been represented to me, environed with flames, crowned with thorns, and surmounted by a cross; and that He wished that this representation should be publicly exposed; in order, He added, to touch the insensible hearts of men. He promised me, at the same time, that He would shed in abundance the treasures of graces, with which His Heart is filled, upon the hearts of those who honoured Him; and that, wherever this image should be exposed for particular veneration, it should draw down upon the spot every kind of blessing."

It is said, that the inhabitants of Antioch arrested a violent earthquake, by writing the following words over the doors of their houses: Christus nobiscum: state. Hold: Christ is with us! Let us bear upon our heart the image of the Heart of Jesus; and, in all our temptations, we may boldly defy the enemy of our salvation, and say to him; Hold: the Heart of Jesus is with me.

Practice. - Bear about you a medal or picture of the Heart of Jesus, and place one in your oratory; do your best to have a chapel dedicated to this amiable Heart, in the parish, or country church, where you reside.

Invocation. - Let us go with confidence to this throne of grace, the Heart of Jesus, that we may experience the effects of His mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid. Adeamus ergo cum fiducia ad thronum gratice, ut misericordiam consequamur, et gratiam inveniamus in auxilio opportuno. (Heb. iv. 16.)

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. O Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Translated from the French by the Rev. George Tickell, S.J. (1858)


1 comment:

ServusMariaeN said...

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine.