Occasionally, someone will bring me a statue known as " the Sacred Heart" because of their love for Jesus, or perhaps it has been handed down to them by a relative.
They don't always know the reason for the heart , so the following quotes, taken from the Autobiography of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque; provide some explanation of why Catholicism sometimes depicts Jesus with a fiery and pierced heart:
Saint Margaret Mary here describes the vision upon which the imagery of the Sacred Heart is based:
My childhood church, is the church of St. Matthew in West Derby Liverpool.The building is listed as Grade II, and the interior architecture has the appearance of a downsized basilica.
Its bell tower is tall, and points to the heavens like the finger of a saint; it has long been a local landmark.
I remember how the iron cross laid in the main road nearby reminded men to doff their caps in reverence for the Lord as they passed by.
The place was always full on Sundays, at all four masses, and there was always a priest on hand if needed.The Choir loft held the organ that had the most imposing sound which rung the rafters along with the congregation. No faint-hearted crooners here!
Gradually, as time passed, the bells in the tall tower that had reminded us it was the Lords day, and a day of rest became silent. Muted by a growing number who preferred to not be so reminded.
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