On our table where we eat our everyday meals, we have a little homemade shrine.
It consists of a statue and other decorative elements which I change according to the season. Now that it’s almost June, The Sacred Heart of Jesus will be honored. (The statue of Our Lady will go back on the shelf above the sofa.) There are little flash cards with an invocation or prayer which are alternated every few days and kept at the base of the statue. Some invocations from The Litany of The Sacred Heart are:
Heart of Jesus, aflame with love for us. Have mercy on us
Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love. Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all conciliation. Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust in You. Have mercy on us.
Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, Touch our hearts and make them like your own.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary – June 12
Saint Juliana- June 12
Provided by Diana Sarma & Kathy Yost
When we were growing up in our two story house, we had a very big picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the landing of the staircase. We knew that Jesus blessed us and protected our home. And as kids, we went up and down the steps many times a day. I’d like to think that we said a prayer of thanksgiving or praise each time we passed by the picture. But, I don’t think so.
I’d like to think we prayed a short invocation,each time we passed by the picture. But, again, I don’t think so.
More often than not, we were bounding up and down the stairs with thoughts lsewhere,
giving a quick glance to Our Lord, knowing He is here. He is always here. He is with us and that He loves us.
Then one day when I was about ten years old, I became quite ill.The doctors were making house calls right and left, and my mother took to spelling out words like polio, (which I didn’t have), thinking I wouldn’t understand.
My parents took down the picture of the Sacred Heart, moved it into my room, and balanced it on my dresser. At the time, I didn’t know what was more serious, my mother thinking I couldn’t spell, my illness, or the fact that the picture was actually moved into my bedroom.
But, now from my bed, I did know that Our Lord was really up close and personal. I felt the tremendous faith and love that my parents had for the Lord, and felt what Our Lord intended, when He asked us to honor Him in His most Sacred Heart.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.