Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Face

Today, February 15, if it were not a Sunday we would be celebrating in Jesuit churches the feast of St. Claude La Colombiere, the Jesuit spiritual director and co-worker of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the spreading of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was in the latter part of the 17th century, when the Holy Face of Manoppello was known only to those in Abruzzo, and the Veronica image was only a distant memory to even the best informed, that the Sacred Heart devotion was urged by Jesus Himself. Isn't it the case that the image of the Sacred Heart almost always includes a beautiful image of the face of Jesus? How well the two devotions compliment each other.

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