What do I need to find God’s Heart; the Eternal Love promised me?
A most earnest prayer that will find an opening into the Heart of Christ. We may look and see the way is blocked to the average person who has constantly turned away when his eyes catch mine and there is a sense of mistrust or belief.
The very truth of Christ who gave to Sr. Maria Faustina through the apparitions in 1931. It was perhaps the most astonishing event to occur to a devoted nun in Poland when the Lord revealed that his Passion be prayed via the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the world.
If one has never experienced the touch of this devotion it may not have credence to their belief in the grace that flows from his Heart to your heart. To the one whose eyes fell short of understanding the sense of his eyes turning away when the mortal knows of his rejection. This rejection never is from Christ, it will always come from the mortal who refuses to believe.
I remember the days when being in the Catholic School and viewing the pictures of Jesus and his Sacred Heart on one side of the doorway in the school lobby, and the picture of Mary and her Immaculate Heart on the other side. Even as a young child attending religious education classes how his eyes seemed to say something. I suppose being a young boy who could be easily impressed, the memory never left me, even after many years when becoming an adult
Retreats always leave an imprint on one if they are open to finding a different path to the Heart of Christ. It may not be that way with everyone who takes a weekend journey of retreating from the business world for a few hours. However, for anyone who is open to this, the reality can become a change that will remain for many years. During the first night of my first retreat I could look out onto the courtyard and viewed a large mural of Jesus and his Sacred Heart. It was my first glimpse of the Sacred Heart away from home. I was reminded of the paintings at the school where my first encounter left an impressionable image on my mind.
Had I never attended this retreat, since I was just coming into the Church as a fall-away catholic, the exposure to the Sacred Heart of Jesus may never have had the effect that it did. One of the effects this had on me was to write something that was on my heart. I had already become a night adorer and prayed earnestly and faithfully every night at 3 AM. The poem I wrote is: “O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love you, I adore you, I worship you. Please come into my heart and stay with me forever. For my need is your mercy, my desire is your will, my hope is your passion, my food for faith your most heavenly grace. All that I receive from you is meaning for existing, reason for living, courage to face death when it beckons. This very day do I consecrate my whole being, mind and soul to your most Sacred Heart.”
My intent of writing this is only to show how the Sacred Heart, which Sr. Faustina has written about and invites the many to do the same, can be an enduring manner of prayer and will captivate the hardest of non-believers back to Christ.
At the period we are now living in with too much disbelief in Christ and how his Sacred Heart is a means to change the spiraling direction we are falling in, the devotion to and for our own needs to his Sacred Heart will become what Sr Faustina wrote about when Jesus said; “My mercy is greater than your sins, and those of the entire world. He says, "I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you.” “No soul that has called upon my Mercy has ever been disappointed.” Taken from the writing of Divine Mercy.
Ralph B. Hathaway