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Sacred Heart Novena

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an early devotion of the Sisters of the Presentation. This Novena was written by Sister Mary Elena Hoye, PBVM and compiled with contributions from other Presentation communities in the North American Conference of Presentation Sisters. Reflective questions were added by Sister Mary Sheila Ann Dougherty.

DAY 1 - JUNE 7
DAY 2- JUNE 8
DAY 3- JUNE 9
DAY 4- JUNE 10
DAY 5- JUNE 11
DAY 6- JUNE 12
DAY 7- JUNE 13
DAY 8- JUNE 14
DAY 9- JUNE 15 

Introduction

On Christmas Eve 1775, Nano Nagle of Ireland founded a religious congregation identified as Sisters of the Charitable Instruction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, later to be given the title of “Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Nano had a deep and profound devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This spirituality of the heart of Jesus, which was readily accessible to all people, offered love and compassion to everyone, as did Nano herself in her ministries of teaching and care for the sick and elderly. The devotion sparked passion and fire in the hearts of believers, especially for those who once were known as “Sisters of the Charitable Instruction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

Theology of the Sacred Heart

The theology of the Sacred Heart is a both a theology and a spirituality which is reflected in the holiness and heart of Nano. The Sacred Heart is the Heart of God laid bare for us, the heart that has loved us from the beginning—the heart of the ever-faithful God.

This Heart of God is in the heart of everyone who is open to all who seek, to all who thirst, to every lost sheep waiting to be found and carried home. This Heart calls to our hearts. By joining in the task of love, and by surrendering ourselves to God, we discover the fullness of love that alone sustains the world.

One who has pondered the image of the soldier’s lance piercing the heart of Jesus, and who has explored this powerful symbol in deep contemplation of a personal God, has but one language to speak to the world: the language of the heart. It is learned not in conferences or classrooms or books, but in the silent contemplation of the Pierced One. It is learned especially in the presence of the broken hearts of the world. Devotion to the Sacred Heart impels us to an inventive charity, a love ready to explore every dark and treacherous place in search of the lost and the vulnerable. Our love for the world, the vulnerable, and the weak is a love that is born in the heart of God.

 
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