His Heart Stopped Beating

A couple weeks ago my cousin had a heart attack while bicycle riding. Praise God there was a nurse biking by him and she was able to perform CPR until the ambulance came and the defibrillator was used. His heart stopped beating for ten minutes! The doctors later told him that with the type of trauma he endured statistically there’s a 5% survival rate. But God is greater than any statistic- Jim survived…miraculously – thank you Jesus.

Just like we need our human hearts to beat so we can live, there is another heart that is needed for us to live – eternally. This is the heart of Jesus! “The designs of His Heart are from age to age, to rescue their souls from death and to keep them alive in famine. “(Entrance Antiphon for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

We should meditate on the beating, living Sacred Heart of Jesus. How His heart beats for you, me, the whole world! Do you know about the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? “The term ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’ denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being and his person…Devotion to the Sacred Heart…calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation of love and gratitude …” (Directory on Popular Piety and the liturgy #166, 172)

The Lord is Love and He desires to be loved in return. He gave himself up for us when he died on the cross because He loves us. His heart stopped beating when He died…but as he gloriously rose from the dead, triumphant over sin and death, His Sacred Heart beat again and it continues to  beat victoriously signifying His eternal Love.

"The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." (Romans 5:5) He desires that our hearts beat in unison with His heart and look like His heart. “My daughter, I desire that your heart be formed after the model of My Merciful Heart. You must be completely imbued with My Mercy.” (Diary of St. Faustina #167) When we lose sight of His love and mercy, our hearts begin to “stop”. Jesus rushes to our side, sends us a nurse (the Holy Spirit) to perform CPR and to revive and bring new life to our dead and cold hearts.

May your heart be united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, beating in unison with His heart which is love and mercy itself.

Happy Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

“Sacred Heart of Jesus, my light, my love, and my life; lead me to know you and to love only you. May I live to you alone, in you, by you, and for you.”
~St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us!

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1 comment:

  1. Your article draws me into worship. Thank you for sharing, Sister Mary Michelina. May all your hopes be met in the Sacred Heart of Jesus


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