Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Novena for Fr. Jaki - First Day

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

"O most sweet Jesus, what riches you have contained in your Sacred Heart, and how easy it is for us to enrich ourselves when we possess in the Blessed Eucharist this infinite treasure."
-- St. Bernard

Whereas [certain] blasphemers, on all whose heads once flowed the waters of baptism, quickly vanish, the Sacred Heart retains his divine hold on the better part of the faithful. They can but bewail the fact that today in the Church they are in midst of a large scale imbalance, due to a "pastoral" slighting of pivotal dogmas, of which the most central is that of the Incarnation. They should take heart from the letter Pope Benedict XVI addressed to the General of the Jesuits on the fiftieth anniversary of Haurietis aquas. He urged them to renew their zeal in promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart, this "fundamental form of devotion, a powerful antidote to "self-absorption."

Recitation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart remains a principal form of that devotion.
[-- S. L. Jaki, The Litany of the Sacred Heart, introduction]


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