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NOVENA in honour of the SACRED HEART of JESUS – DAY ONE – 14 JUNE

NOVENA in honour of the SACRED HEART of JESUS – DAY ONE – 14 JUNE

By St Alphonsus Liguori  (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctor
From The Holy Eucharist Published in 1758

MEDITATION I.
The Amiable Heart of Jesus.

He who shows himself amiable in everything must necessarily make himself loved.   Oh, if we only applied ourselves to discover all the good qualities by which Jesus Christ renders Himself worthy of our love, we should all be under the happy necessity of loving Him.   And what heart among all hearts can be found more worthy of love than the Heart of Jesus?

A heart all pure, all holy, all full of love towards God and towards us;  because all His desires are only for the Divine glory and our good.   This is the heart in which God finds all His delight.     Every perfection, every virtue reign in this heart; —–a most ardent love for God, His Father, united to the greatest humility and respect that can possibly exist;  a sovereign confusion for our sins, which He has taken upon Himself, united to the extreme confidence of a most affectionate Son;  a sovereign abhorrence of our sins, united to a lively compassion for our miseries;  an extreme sorrow. united to a perfect conformity to the will of God.

In Jesus is found everything that there can be most amiable.   Some are attracted to love others by their beauty, others by their innocence, others by living with them, others by devotion.   But if there were a person in whom all these and other virtues were united, who could help loving him?   If we heard that there was in a distant country a foreign prince who was handsome, humble, courteous, devout, full of charity, affable to all, I who rendered good to those who did him evil;   then, I although we knew not who he was, and though he knew not us and though we were not acquainted with him, nor was there any possibility of our ever being so, yet we should be enamoured of him and should be constrained to love him.   How is it, then, possible that Jesus Christ, Who possesses in Himself all these virtues and in the most perfect degree and Who loves us so tenderly, how is it possible that He should be so little loved by men and should not be the only object of our love?

O my God, how is it that Jesus, Who alone is worthy of love and Who has given us so many proofs of the love that He bears us, should be alone, as it were, the unlucky one with us, Who cannot arrive at making us love Him;  as if He were not sufficiently worthy of our love!   This is what caused floods of tears to St. Rose of Lima, St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Teresa, St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi, who, on considering the ingratitude of men, exclaimed, weeping, “Love is not loved, Love is not loved.”

DAY ONE - NOVENA SACRED HEART

LET US PRAY – DAY ONE:

O my amiable Redeemer,
what object more worthy of love could Your Eternal Father command me to love than You?
You are the beauty of Paradise,
You are the love of Your Father,
Your heart is the throne of all virtues.
O amiable heart of my Jesus,
You deserve the love of all hearts;
poor and wretched is that heart which loves You not!
So miserable, O my God, has my heart been, during all the time in which it has not loved You.
But I will not continue to be so wretched;
I love You, I will always continue to love You, O my Jesus.
O my Lord, I have hitherto forgotten You and now what can I expect?
That my ingratitude will oblige You to forget me entirely and forsake me forever?
No, my Saviour, do not permit this.
O lovely flames that burnt in the loving heart of my Jesus,
enkindle in my poor heart that holy fire which You came down from Heaven to kindle on earth.
Consume and destroy all the impure affections that dwell in my heart
and prevent it from being entirely Yours.
O my God, grant that it may only exist to love You and You alone, my dearest Saviour.
You are now the only object of my love. I love You, I love You, I love You and I will never love anyone else but You.
My beloved Lord, do not disdain to accept the love of a heart which has once afflicted You by my sins.
Let it be Your glory to exhibit to the Angels
a heart now burning with the love of You, which hitherto shunned and despised You.

Most holy Virgin Mary, my hope, will you assist me
and beseech Jesus to make me, by His grace, all that He wishes me to be.
Amen

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Our Morning Offering – 14 June

Our Morning Offering – 14 June

Come, Lovable Heart of Jesus!
By St Claude de la Colombiere

O God, what will You do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, You must give us new hearts,
tender hearts, sensitive hearts,
to replace the hearts that are made of
marble and of bronze.
You must give us Your own Heart, Jesus.
Come, lovable Heart of Jesus.
Place Your Heart deep in the centre of our hearts
and enkindle in each heart a flame of love
as strong, as great, as the sum of all the reasons
I have for loving You, my God.
O Holy Heart of Jesus, dwell hidden in my heart,
so that I may live only in You and only for You,
so that, in the end, I may live with You
eternally in heaven. Amen

come, lovable heart of jesus - st claude de la colombiere

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Saint of the Day – 14 June – St Methodius of Constantinople

Saint of the Day – 14 June – St Methodius of Constantinople – Monk and and Patriarch of Constantinople (born in the 8th century at Syracuse, Sicily – 847 of natural causes).

St. Methodius worked for unity and reconciliation in the Eastern Church and, served as the Patriarch of Constantinople for the last five years of his life.

Born in Syracuse, he first felt the call to enter religious life while in Constantinople, where he had gone to seek a position at court.   He left for the island of Chinos, where he built a monastery and started a monastic community.

However, his time at the monastery was short-lived since he was summoned by the Patriarch of Constantinople to help govern the diocese and create unity after a debate broke out on the use of icons in worship.   While in Rome seeking the Pope’s help, he was exiled for seven years.   He returned as patriarch in 842 and continued to work for unity.

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Saints’ Memorials and other Feasts – 14 June

Our Lady of the Trellis

St Anastasius of Córdoba
St Burchard of Meissen
St Caomhán of Inisheer
St Castora Gabrielli
St Cearan the Devout
Bl Constance de Castro
St Cyprien
St Cyriacus of Zeganea
St Davnet
St Digna of Córdoba
St Dogmael of Wales
St Elgar of Bardsey
St Elisha the Prophet
St Etherius of Vienne
St Felix of Córdoba
Bl Fortunatus of Napoli
Bl Francisca de Paula de Jesus Isabel
St Gerold of Evreux
Bl Hartwig of Salzburg
St Joseph the Hymnographer
St Marcian of Syracuse
St Mark of Lucera
St Methodius of Constantinople
St Nennus of Arran
Bl Peter de Bustamante
St Protus of Aquileia
St Quintian
St Richard of Saint Vannes
St Rufinus of Soissons
St Thecla
St Theopista
St Valerius of Soissons
Bl Walter Eustace