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DEVOTION 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.

A Priceless Devotion

Devotion 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.

Living with Jesus

When you formally place Jesus as King and Head of your
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.

Are 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?

The Plan of Enthronement

The plan of Enthronement of the Sacred Heart calls for
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.

For 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 have
His image there.

The 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.

When 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.

Act of Consecration

The only requirement for daily practice of this devotion is that the family shall recite aloud, usually at night prayers, the following Act of Consecration:

"Most 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."

"Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!" (3 times)

This 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.

Help in Sorrow

One 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.

The 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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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.

MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.

MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.

MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.

MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.

MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.

MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.

MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.

MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.

MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.

MAY 16
ST. UBALD

St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.

MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.

MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.

MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.

MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.

MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.

MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.

MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.

MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.

MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.

MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.

MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.

MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.

MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.

MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.

 
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Tour of the Relics of the Passion
(International Center for Holy Relics)
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REFLECTIONS

“Jesus’ Baptism”

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God?

 
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