I wonder how many Catholics upon seeing the “Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus” on the calendar will have any idea what it means. I had spent years studying theology and never understood its meaning or purpose.
In fact, about a year ago I sat in on a meeting at work (Ave Maria Press) discussing a book we were considering for publication. It was about the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an old Catholic devotion that for some people brought up memories of Old Church from their childhood while for others it was a fascinating idea they hadn’t been exposed to yet.
I was one of those who were fascinated by this (new to me) devotion.
I had heard about the Sacred Heart for years but never really understood what it meant and why I should have a devotion to it. It kept coming up in prayers I was exploring: a novena to St. Jude and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. But what did it mean? Why was it important?
I love Jesus, but why should I get worked up about a heart wrapped in a crown of thorns?
A Book about the Meaning of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
A Heart On Fire isn’t a how-to book for developing a personal devotion to the Sacred Heart. That is for another book. This book will help you (it helped me) understand why there is a devotion to the Sacred Heart in the first place.
What I love about the book is that Fr. James Kubicki, the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer, centers the devotion to the Sacred Heart around the source and summit of the Christian life: the Eucharist.
The Eucharist, since Vatican II, has been at the core of all Catholic theology. It is Christ’s real presence. With a renewed focus on the sacraments, devotions like the Sacred Heart have lost many of its devotees.
Kubicki shows how the Sacred Heart fits in with a Eucharistic spirituality. He explains what the heart is and why Jesus’ heart is important. He provides a concise history of the development of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over the life of the Church. And he ends each chapter with spiritual practices and prayers to further a devotion to the Sacred Heart like Lectio Divina and a family consecration to the Sacred Heart.
Another important point he makes is that historically the heart is the place that we find the deepest part of ourselves. It is often referred to in connection with the human person. A connection with the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a connection with the person of Jesus Christ in a most intimate way.
Video Explanation of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Fr. Kubicki presented a webinar for Ave Maria Press about his book. It provides a nice summary for potential readers.
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With the obvious full disclosure, I do work for the company that publishes this book. But this website is my own and what I write here, I share because I want to help people become better at prayer. The Sacred Heart is one way we can become better at prayer.