The Sacred Heart and Our Heart

The Sacred Heart. Stained glass window from St Casimir’s church in Baltimore, MD. Photo was taken by Lawrence OP and uploaded to Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

What is the heart? It is the source of prayer. If our prayer does not come from the heart, it is worthless. And if our hearts are not close to God, we can not pray.

My heart is my dwelling place. It is the place where I live, where I rest. But if my heart is cluttered with all sorts of useless or harmful things, how can it be a safe refuge for me?

It is the place that only God can truly see. This is why only God can truly judge with mercy and understanding.

Here, in my heart, I make decisions. It is a place of decision. Will I choose love or hate, life or death? I can make the decision every morning to love and bring life to the world.

Finally, my heart is the place where Jesus waits for me. Here I find Jesus again and again. Every time we meet, it is a chance to renew our covenant. He says, “I love you. I choose you. Do you love me? Do you choose me? Do you truly choose me?”

What will my heart reply? The Sacred Heart of Jesus is also his place of decision. In his Heart, Jesus decided to do his Father’s will, to love us to the end. If your heart is weak and trembles to make the decision to love him to the end, place your heart in his Heart. For as he said, “I am meek and humble of heart” and in his Heart, you will find rest.