07 June 2013

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Source of Divine Love and Mercy

The flames depict Christ's ever-burning love, while the crown of thorns reminds us of the suffering and death He endured for our sake

If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:31b-39, RSVCE

The Lesson

Upon Thy Heart pray suffer me to rest,
That as Thou lovest I may humbly learn;
Bequeath this gift which of all Thine is best;
Imperfect loves of earth and flesh I spurn!
O Heart, Whose wound such wondrous love hath shewn,
And whence elixir sweet doth copious flow,
Grant Thou that this Thy purging deluge drown
My sin, and then with perfect love bestow
My shriven heart.  Thou Teacher of all hearts,
To master well Thy lesson do I pray;
Thy loving art doth shame such earthly arts
As once I learnt, ere came this precious day
Thou dost vouchsafe to give Thy lesson free
To one who thirsteth deep to learn of Thee.

"The Lesson" © Leticia Austria 2006

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