The Anawim Community


Reflection on the Sacred Heart

of Jesus & Immaculate Heart of Mary

June, 2014


We celebrate this Friday and Saturday the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When I think of the heart I think of love, I think of life, I think of closeness, I think of compassion, and I think of mercy. I had the privilege of growing up in a Catholic home. In the living room on one wall hung a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and on the other wall the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was my privilege in May to bring flowers and put them in front of the picture of Mary and in June (the month of roses) I brought roses and put in front of the picture of the Sacred Heart. I was just a little tyke, we lived on a farm and there were always lots of flowers. As a 4-5-6yr old, I had a great imagination and felt sure that Jesus and Mary smiled at me in appreciation of my gesture of love.


What an impression it made on me as a little girl. As I grew and my faith developed I came to appreciate more and more what sacrifice Jesus and Mary had made because of their great love for me. When we often see a heart we think of love and when lovers draw a heart they often put an arrow through it. True love calls for a selfless response.


“Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.”

     John 7:37


“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

     Matt 6:21


“I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name.”
     Isaiah 49: 15-16

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesus, listen to me;
In your wounds, I choose would hide;
Ne’er to be parted from your side;
Guard me, should the foe assail me;
Call me when my life shall fail me;
Bid me come to you above,
With your saints to sing your love
World without end. Amen.

     Translated by Cardinal Newman






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