Ingratitude of men to the Sacred Heart
If the heart of Jesus no longer sustains pains and wounds, it endures strange indignities since the period of the institution of the sacrament of his love. Can anything be imagined more unworthy than what Jews, heretics, and atheists have caused him to suffer, and will continue to make him suffer till the end of time?Could we believe, if we did not witness them, the terrible insults offered to the Holy Eucharist during the French Revolution? But the conduct of Catholic Christians is still more extraordinary. Jesus wishes to dwell amongst them, and even declares it to be his delight; and how do they treat him? Whilst they lodge in sumptuous houses, they suffer his temples to be in ruins, and his altars to be neglected; He is day and night waiting for them in his holy tabernacles; and days and nights and weeks pass, without their visiting him at all, or at most for a short time, and then only through custom—merely in body, their mind being often elsewhere. Jesus is in his sacrament always occupied with them, always as a victim before his father, offering his wounds for them; and they think of nothing less than of adoring him, and remain in such an unseemly position before him, as heretics, who deny the real presence, reproach them with. The priest, before giving the Holy Communion, says aloud, “Behold the Lamb of God! Behold him who takes away the sins of the world!” But all ﬂy away, as if they had no wound to cure, no stain to efface. They say they have other business to discharge, and quit the Lord for the creature. Be astonished at this, 0 ye heavens! 0 Jesus, so full of love for us, so tender and generous, could we make a more cruel wound in your heart?
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Short Daily Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O, Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with Infinite Love, broken by our ingratitude, and pierced by our sins, yet loving us still, accept the consecration we make to Thee of all that we are and all that we have. Take every faculty of our souls and bodies, only day by day draw us nearer and nearer to Thy Sacred Heart, and there, as we shall hear the lesson, teach us Thy Holy Way.