TO THE SACRED HEART
Our Lord has promised us that the home which reveres
His Sacred Heart will be especially blessed. Then let us seek this
blessing with all our hearts by enthroning His Heart in our homes.
to the Sacred Heart in your home will help simplify the religious
education of your children. It will, by its very nature, permeate
your home and thus deeply influence all its occupants. It will bring
with it an awesome atmosphere, for Christ is first and foremost
a King! Yet, through daily practices, it will forge the links of
a cherished and intimate friendship between that King and you, His
loving and loyal
subjects. Through this devotion Jesus Christ will become the King
and Head of your home. He will become your understanding, ever-present,
never-forgetting Friend. He will become the central or focal point
of your daily living, and thus you will find that you can happily
and easily live a Christocentric life.
When you formally place Jesus as King and Head of
home, you consider Him as the most intimate Friend of the family.
Actually, you are giving special homage to your Divine Guest. It
was in the sacrament of Baptism that Jesus first came to reside
within each of you. It is His loving wish that you welcome Him to
live with you in the intimacy of your hearts and your home by avoiding
serious sin, by trying always to please Him, and by rendering special
honor to His Sacred Heart.
you wondering what all this has to do with teaching a little boy
or girl how to be good and kind and charming? Well, it has everything
to do with it. If Jesus becomes an everyday part of the life of
a little child, it follows that He will remain a part of that life
when the child has become a man or a woman. The child who learns
to live graciously and intimately with God becomes the man or woman
who is never ill at ease with Him. Is not this kind of supernatural
daily living what you would wish for your child?
Plan of Enthronement
The plan of Enthronement of the Sacred Heart calls
a formal entering of the Divine Guest, in a simple but beautiful
ceremony. It is as if Jesus had pressed His finger against your
doorbell and you responded eagerly and sincerely, inviting Him to
come inside to stay.
the ceremony you will need an image of the Sacred Heart, either
a statue or a picture. Consider the exquisite, wood-carved statues
and the colorful, attractive prints available from Catholic stores.
Be sure that the one you select really pleases you, because you
are going to place it in the most prominent position in your living
room, where it can dominate your home. You are proud and happy to
His image there.
children will be delighted with the plan of Enthronement. In choosing
the picture or statue, give them an opportunity to look over the
catalogue or to go to the store with Father and Mother to make the
purchase. If this is not possible, they may at least share in planning
which is the best place for His image. They will want to gather
flowers and arrange
the vigil light.
the picture or statue is in place, you are ready to invite the parish
priest to your home to conduct the ceremony. When the date is set,
plan to make a happy occasion of it. The children will long remember
the day that the priest came in surplice and stole to hold a little
service right in the living room, with Mother, Father and every
member of the family present, including the baby. Now that the Sacred
Heart has a place of honor in your home, you parents and children
will try to lease Him, as your Guest. You will think of Him constantly,
provide what He likes, avoid what He dislikes. The children will
find Him a companion. They will grow up to associate Him, not just
with Sunday and church, but with everyday life as well.
only requirement for daily practice of this devotion is that the
family shall recite aloud, usually at night prayers, the following
Act of Consecration:
sweet Jesus, humbly kneeling at Thy feet, we renew the consecration
of our family to Thy Divine Heart. Be Thou our King forever! In
Thee we have full and entire confidence. May Thy spirit penetrate
our thoughts, our desires, our words and our deeds. Bless our undertakings,
share in our joys, in our trials, and in our labors. Grant us to
know Thee better, to love Thee more, to serve Thee without faltering."
Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!" (3 times)
prayer may be too difficult for your four-year-old, but he can participate
by kneeling while the others recite it. A red vigil light can be
your sole illumination at prayer time.
of the greatest benefits gained from a constant devotion to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus is the genuine comfort felt in time of sorrow.
Most families, at one time or another, are asked to accept a heavy
cross -some, more than one. In the case of the death of a parcel,
the Divine Friend will lie there to provide security. At tile death
of a child, the Divine rather is there to explain to the parents
that their child is
already safe in his heavenly home. If a child is born defective,
the Divine Physician will prescribe the necessary graces to carry
the cross from day to day. If a child is mentally retarded, the
Divine Teacher will inspire the patience necessary to accept and
assist the one whom God may have chosen for a life of perpetual
mental and spiritual childhood.
Divine Guest will bless abundantly those who enthrone Him and will
assist them when help is most needed. The child who learns to turn
to his Divine Friend when he is confused will have learned a valuable
lesson for life.
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