Friday, June 23, 2006

Come, let us adore Christ's Sacred Heart; come, let us pray for His priests

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Come, let us adore Christ’s Sacred Heart, wounded for love of us.

Thank you, Blog by-the-Sea, for yesterday's informative post about the feast and the World Day of Prayer for Priests, both of which are celebrated today:

The Feast of the Sacred Heart and World Day of Prayer for Priests

Tomorrow will be the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi). ZENIT today has an interview with the director of the apostleship of prayer in Italy, with more explanation of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. Pope Pius XII wrote an Encyclical on the devotion in 1956 called "Haurietis Aquas." In a May 15 letter to Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, superior general of the Society of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said that in the Sacred Heart, "we can recognize in an ever clearer way the limitless love God has for us."

Tomorrow is also the World Day of Prayer for Priests, discussed in an article on Catholic Online. The theme this year, issued by the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, is "I have called you friends." The theme comes from Scripture and from the homily of Pope Benedict XVI at the Chrism Mass on April 13, 2006:

"Being a priest means becoming an ever closer friend of Jesus Christ with the whole of our existence. The world needs God--not just any god but the God of Jesus Christ, the God who made himself flesh and blood, who loved us to the point of dying for us, who rose and created within himself room for man. This God must live in us and we in him. This is our priestly call: only in this way can our action as priests bear fruit."


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