The History of the devotion to the Sacred Heart

During the initial years of the Church, when St John and St Paul were still preachers of the Good News here on Earth, the Church had, even then been devoted to the love of God, who so loved the world as to give it His only begotten Son, and to the love of Jesus, who so loved us as to deliver Himself up for us. But the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus had to wait. In fact, it is in the 11th and 12 centuries that we find the first unmistakable indications of devotion to the Sacred Hears. The Benedictine and Cistercian orders worked tirelessly for such devotion to rise within the Church. Having said that it seems impossible to say which of the above mentioned orders were the first to write texts and votaries about the Sacred Heart. Something which deserves special mention is the revelation that St John the Beloved mad to St Gertrude. Allowed to rest her head near the wound of the Savior’s  she heard the beating of the Divine Heart and asked John, if on the night of the last Supper, he too had felt these delightful pulsations, why he had never spoken of the fact. 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. As I write such words, I can’t help but reflect, on the fact that the world has grown cold. Cold to the suffering of others, cold to those who cry out in pain and anguish, cold are the hearts of those without love for Christ. May this feast and our devotion to it fill the empty hearts of such people and may the fire of Christ’s love burn in their hearts and inspire them to change their lives.

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