Stillness: The Sacred Heart


I must admit, I can not begin to understand its benefits.

Even so, it fascinates me.

To Meditate: a verb meaning to think deeply or carefully about something.  To contemplate…ponder…muse…reflect…deliberate…ruminate…chew…mull over…brood…cogitate.

The product of our time in stillness can be a sudden awareness of something we never noticed before. Our eyes can be opened to something that has been right in front of us all the time.

Rabbula Gospels, Earliest Illuminated Manuscript Crucifixion, 586 A.D. 13.4 x 10.6 inches. Florence, Biblioteca Mediceo Laurenziana, Image Source

Today is the special feast day for The Sacred Heart of Our Lord. The Christian community endeavors to recall the moment of Jesus’ greatest display of love for us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Catholic Holy Prayer Card, circa 1880, Auguste Martin Collection, University of Dayton Libraries

     “But when they came to Jesus and found that he was  already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”        

  “The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony in true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.” John 19:33-35

So what emerged for me this week was a sudden awakening to the imagery of the “Sacred Heart” A lifetime of hearing it associated with names of schools and hospitals, I had never realized it was a direct reference to the moment when Jesus’ heart was pierced and brought a sudden flow of blood and water.

Seeing all the imagery, I began to wonder at the benefits of meditating on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To isolate my mind, forsaking all others, into a single channel of adoration for the  Sacred Heart of Christ that was pierced and flowed with blood and water. To begin to imagine the emotional pain he must have suffered.

I can hope for the best in others..

Sacred Heart Holy Card

I can learn patience,

seek holiness,

follow Jesus’ footsteps.

Vitral em Igreja Santa Efigenia

Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life…” Revelations 22: 5

Practicing stillness one day at a time…

Thanks for reading!

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