On Pentecost, Jesus sent the Paraclete to strengthen the faith of the Apostles, and they transformed the world.
Similarly, in the midst of the Jansenist heresy in the 17th century, in an apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus confided to her the mission to establish a devotion to His Sacred Heart. The purpose of this devotion, Jesus declared, was to make known to man his “desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation.” Among the revelations made were 12 promises to those who would respond to Jesus’ heart, by working ceaselessly to return His boundless and passionate love.
Although not immediately embraced by the ecclesiastical authorities, given its origin, and as we might have expected, the devotion as revealed to St Margaret Mary Alacoque eventually was adopted by the Church and today is widespread, though not always well-understood.
On Friday, June 11, the feast of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Thomas Koys, pastor of St. James at Sag Bridge, explained the history and significance of this unique devotion.
To watch Fr. Koys remarks, see our video at Catholic Citizens TV, featuring Fr. Koys as well some of our most prominent past speakers.