Do you understand the promises Our Lord made when He appeared to St. Margaret Mary: "I will bless every place where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored" You can be certain that wherever the place may be; in your living room, on a locker in a Berlin barracks, or in the billfold you carry everywhere with you -- whatever the image of the Sacred Heart may be: a badge, a holy card, a statue or a famous portrait -- you will be blessed because you have exposed and honored it. And not you alone, but everyone who is in that place will be blessed with you. For Our Divine Lord meant it in the fullest sense when He said: "I will bless every place in which an image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored."
The badge of the Sacred Heart calls upon Our Lord to make good His promise. When you carry it upon your person, His Hands must be, as it were, extended over you in continual blessing. What a consolation to His Heart! What a protection and grace for you!
Jesus told St. Margaret Mary Alocoque of His desire to reign over Christian homes and famililes. He promised abundant blessings to the home where the image of His Heart is shown and honored. Many of those who are consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus carry or wear a Sacred Heart Badge as a sign of their fidelity to their King, and as a constant reminder to place themselves within the Heart of Jesus which burns with love for His children.
The Sacred Heart Badges we have available are made in three grades, based upon the thickness of the laminate. All, however, are durable.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was born on July 22, 1647 at L'Hautecour, in the province of Burgundy, France. As a child, she studied under the auspices of the Poor Clares at Charolles. Her father died when she was just 8 years old. She was bed-ridden with rheumatic fever from the age of 11 to 15. At this time, she was known as an ardent devotee of the Blessed Sacrament. She joined the Order of Our Lady of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial in 1671 and just a few years later received the unique favor of being visited by Our Lord Himself, who asked her to spread devotion to His Most Sacred Heart. This she humbly did, once she had received the permission and approbation of her superiors, especially her spiritual director and confessor, St. Claude La Colombière. In 1688, a chapel dedicated to the Sacred Heart was constructed at Paray-le-Monial and soon the devotion began to spread, with the help of the Visitine Nuns and the priests of the Society of Jesus. St. Margaret died on October 17, 1690. The devotion that Our Lord gave to the world through her was officially approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.
The Sacred Heart Promises:
Prayers To Be Said Before An Image Of The Sacred Heart
(1) My loving Jesus, out of the grateful love I bear Thee, and to make reparation for my unfaithfulness to grace, I give Thee my heart, and I consecrate myself wholly to Thee; and with Thy help I purpose to sin no more. (An indulgence of 300 days; a Plenary Indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for its daily devout recitation. R260)
(2) Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.., etc. Sweet Heart of my Jesus, grant that I may love Thee more and more. (500 days indulgence; A Plenary Indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for its daily devout recitation. R248)
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in Thee.Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come. (For each of the above ejaculation, 300 days indulgence. R226, 228, 230)
Consecration To The Sacred Heart of Jesus
I, (N...) give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ my person and my life, my actions, pains, and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being to save, to honor, love, and glorify the Sacred Heart.
This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him.I therefore take You, O Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death.
Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God Your Father, and turn away from me the strokes of His righteous anger. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in You, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty; but I hope for all things from Your goodness and bounty.
Consume in me all that can displease You or resist Your holy will. Let Your pure love imprint You so deeply upon my heart that I shall nevermore be able to forget You or to be separated from You. May I obtain from all Your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in You, for in You I desire to place all my happiness and all my glory, living and dying in true bondage to You. (3 yrs. Indulgence)
A Sacramental For Our Day?
Consider the following: BL. MARIA RAFOLS was born on 5 November 1781 in Vilafranca del Penedes Spain, to a simple hard-working family. Because of her talent, she was sent to a boarding school in Barcelona, where she completed her formation while maintaining a life of solitude, prayer and piety.
She then joined a group of 12 young women under the direction of Fr Juan Bonal, who administered Our Lady of Grace Hospital in Zaragoza. The small community formed an apostolic association dedicated to serving the mosthelpless: the sick, the mentally ill, abandoned children and all types of disabled people.
At the age of 23 she was appointed superior of the group, a task requiring heroic effort, since she often had to confront a hostile atmosphere created by some of the hospital employees. During the Napoleonic wars she laboured in the bombed ruins, endangering her life to save the sick and the children. She even ventured into the enemy camp to plead with the French general for help with the sick and wounded.
She struggled tirelessly for the approval of her small community. Finally in 1825 they took their first public vows. The victim of calumny, she was imprisoned during the Carlist War, but later released; she spent her remaining years at her Foundling Home. She died on 30 August 1853 at the age of 72.
Accounts of mystical experiences of Bl. Maria Rafols which are dated 1815, but which were not found until 1931 - note particularly the promises made to those who honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
"God begs me so insistently to write these things so that He might enable me to realize that poor sinners, no matter how obstinate, might, by reading these writings in the times to come, awake from their profound sleep and blindness and have recourse to His paternal and merciful Heart. Since they will be in need of His mercy, because of their ungratefulness they willforget Him and will even be anxious to obliterate His memory and His Blessed Name from this world. "In the very difficult times to come the Sacred Heart of Jesus shall perform such wonders in this place, so as to win sinners away from their corrupted lives.
"In the times to come such shall be the corruption of morality in every social class that My Eternal Father shall be forced to destroy entire cities should they not reform after His merciful call. So great shall be the putrefaction that they shall scandalize and pervert even the innocent little children so dear to My Sacred Heart. When these documents shall be found (1931) these enormities will be taking place not only in Spain but throughout the entire world.
"It is also my wish, My daughter, that in My beloved Spain every province, city, town and individual be consecrated to My Sacred Heart. Spain shall be the first nation to be consecrated to My Sacred Heart, but I will not be satisfied with general consecration. I wish to preside over homes, families, professors' chairs, schools, offices, shops, and the cupolas of the churches. In every place I want My beloved sons to see and venerate My image. Even in the mountains My image shall be exposed. No family shall be established where My Heart does not preside. I am ready to pour down My graces but I want to be asked for them with unlimited trust.
"I wish many communions of Reparation. Also there is the Feast of Christ the King that shall he instituted by My will, and at the proper time by My beloved son, Pius XI. I wish that it be surrounded with the greatest possible solemnity and splendor. I want My kingdom to be spread throughout the entire world.But in My beloved Spain this Divine fire is to burn withgreater intensity, and from there they will carry it throughout the whole world.
"In the times to come there will be many souls who will propagate the devotion to My Divine Heart, and this shall be very agreeable to Me, but those that must do this the most are the sons of My company, for I have chosen them principally for this work so pleasing to Me.
"It is My wish that all men visit the Image of My Most Merciful Heart, and to those who devoutly carry it on their person, I promise great graces for eternal salvation."....."All those who wear My medal devoutly shall receive My special protection at the hour of their death.
"Those who wish to obtain the conversion of sinners shall obtain it from My Merciful Heart, by asking it through the mediation of My Most Holy Mother. To all those who seek Me with a lively faith and spirit of prayer, through the intercession of My Most Holy Mother, My Merciful Heart will give itself. I shall never refuse any graces which are asked Me through the intercession of My Most Holy Mother.
"It is My desire also that the Feast of My Sacred Heart be celebrated throughout the entire Catholic Church with the greatest solemnity, that it be made a holy day of obligation and that all the faithful receive Holy Communion on that day.
"Men offend Me also by the lack of love that they have for one another; the rich seek to exploit the poor and the poor rebel against the rich. It is My wish that there be peace and union and that they have great love one for the other. There are also many who do not desire to obey the commands of Holy Mother Church and My Vicar on earth. There are also many who persecute the Church and seek to destroy Her. Neither priests nor religious are respected, yet I desire that all be converted and perform acts of satisfaction to placate the wrath of the Divine Justice of My Eternal Father.
"I desire that priests be a living model of My image, and that all propagate devotion to My Divine Heart.
"There is, however, a thing which hurts My Heart still more, and that is to be offended, forgotten and despised by souls consecrated to Me. Oh how much do I love my priests and how meager is their cooperation with My love. I have called each one of them and I want My priests to be the salt of the earth, to be holy, and to come to My tabernacle which is forgotten by so many of them. They forget that I love them with all My heart, that I want to be present in all their actions. Tell them to visit My tabernacle where I am waiting to teach and inspire them and to communicate My Spirit to them, so that they may bring life to many souls. I want them to be very humble, poor, and chaste. Let them never forget that it is My greatest desire that they love one another as I have loved them from the beginning and that lack of charity hurts My Sacred Heart. Let them cover their defects with the cloak of charity and thus avoid scandalizing the people.
"The Sacred Heart of Jesus was very sad on account of the offenses which He continually receives from men by reason of the sacrileges which they commit, and which they are going to commit during the years when this writing will be found, and also by reason of the coldness with which those who call themselves Christians are going to serve Him."
"He,, makes me feel that, in the times to come, there shall be in Spain and all over the world, many persecutors of the religion and of the country, who will be anxious to destroy all good things; and my sweet Jesus orders me to write these examples of his protection in order that they may keep up their spirit however big the wars and persecutions might be, having God with them they have nothing to fear. He will confuse the enemies of the Church, and many of them shall become zealous apostles, followers of St. Paul, who will conquer many souls for Him. I do not speak to you for your benefit, but for other sons of Mine, who one day shall be persecuted, and who shall be very uncertain and helpless in the combats prepared by the enemy, who shall try to wipe out not only religion, but even My name from the face of the earth. This period will begin openly in the year 1931.
"I am ready to pour out many graces upon My beloved Spain, which shall be persecuted so severely by Freemasonry. I will not let My faithful sons be overcome. Spain the beloved of My Blessed Mother, is My first beloved, and I would destroy all the nations of the world rather than let the Faith disappear from Spain.
"Many are they who persecute her and seek to destroy her. Neither priests nor religious are respected, yet they are the select portion of My Church, and it is I Who receive all these offenses because it is to Me that they are done. Pray that fortitude be given to the Vicar of Christ. For My Name, and for My Sake, at all times and in all places, they will be greatly persecuted, as I was, in My mortal life, and the enemy, jealous of the great good that they do for souls, will work to make them disappear, but I make it known to you, My daughter, and through you to all men, that they will prevail until the end of time despite their enemies, and I will bless greatly the nations and towns who welcome them with loving good will, and one of these nations I desire to be My Beloved Spain. I (Mother Rafols) feel that there will be a great religious persecution, very much like the one we now suffer. Let them have confidence that all will pass, and when it appears to them that the Lord sleeps He stands, ever on watch, and when He says 'Enough,' all His enemies shall be confounded."
"My Sweet Jesus gave me to understand that many of His children all over the world, guided by the infernal spirit, profaning and destroying temples, demolishing images, and above all, anxious to destroy His Blessed Name from the face of the earth. At hearing these things I was terribly stricken, and more yet when the Heart of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin made me see and feel more clearly, that the evil spirit would be firmly bent upon Spain, even more than upon any other nation, working incessantly to destroy the Christian Faith from all its inhabitants, and, in a special way, they will be anxious to take away, and they will succeed, from the eyes of the little children so beloved by His Sacred Heart, His Image, and they will forbid that his Divine doctrine might be taught to them, all with the infernal purpose that He might be ignored. My Sweet Jesus answered - 'Do not be afraid: whatever means and machinations My unfortunate children might invent to destroy the faith of Spain, they will not succeed, and I assure you, for your consolation and tranquility, that for the love of the just, pure and chaste souls that will always live in Spain, I will reign until the end of time in it, in a singular manner, and My Image will be venerated even in the streets and public squares.'
"The greatness and nobility of a nation shall depend on the faith and Catholic religion which exists there. If they lose their religion it shall be destroyed. I give them warning, through you, so that no one may deceive himself, and so that all may know the way that they must follow if they desire to please Me.
"They live apart from Him from My Catholic Church, from the orders of My Vicar on earth, and from My commandments. Oh, that I would find well disposed at least the souls which are consecrated to Me. But, my daughter, many have abandoned Me, and prefer their desires, their self-love, their own glory, because of which they live a very worldly life, and their heart is taken up with these vile things, and for Me they have no room.
"The offenses that I have received, and those that I shall yet receive are many, especially woman, with her immodest dress, her nakedness, her frivolity and her evil intentions. Because of all this she shall accomplish the demoralization of the family, and of mankind. Such shall be the corruption of morality in every social class, and so great unchastity, that My Eternal Father shall be forced to destroy entire cities should they not reform after this merciful call.
"Ordinarily the corruption of the family always has been the origin of the public calamities, and of the destruction of the Christian Faith; because the first purpose of our common enemy is the destruction of the Christian family; once he attains this, the infernal enemy is sure of victory. Therefore the great evil of these times, and of the even worse than these that shall come, always has been and always shall be to lose the memory and taste of the supernatural life, living only for earthly and sinful things."
"When those turbulent and calamitous times will come, the most powerful means to give satisfaction to His Eternal Father, will be to invoke His Most Holy Mother under the invocation of El Pilar, who is the Patroness and Protectrix of our beloved Spain, and that mental and vocal prayer, meditating on the Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the most holy rosary will be the most substantial devotion, and most pleasing to the Virgin of El Pilar, in times of wars, pestilence and persecutions against our most holy religion."