It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2019!
June brings time to enjoy warmer weather, outdoor activities, vacations …
And a few celebrations.
Like two we just celebrated in the US … Father’s Day and Flag Day.
Did you know that today is World Sickle Cell Day?
There are also month-long celebrations in June. Like African-American Music Appreciation Month.
ALS Awareness Month in Canada.
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in the US.
National Safety Month. And that’s just a short list.
We like to honor others’ actions, raise awareness for causes, or ensure people never forget. So it seems every day there is something to celebrate.
In the Catholic Church we have our fair share of celebrations too. Feast days … Holy Days of Obligation … Memorials.
June is all about The Sacred Heart of Jesus. It culminates on Friday, June 28th with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Our modern-day Sacred Heart celebration was requested specifically by Jesus. That makes it particularly special in my book.
This week’s issue of Genuflect is centered around June’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. What it is, how it originated, what you need to know about the Solemnity, indulgences available, and ways to celebrate.
This is one celebration that goes beyond typical recognition or awareness … devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will help us become a saint! That’s time well spent.
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Today, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated throughout the world on the Friday following the Feast of Corpus Christi. This year, it’s Friday, June 28. Here’s where the tradition originated.
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus recalls Christ’s love for us. Here are five facts that you may not know about this important feast of Our Lord.
Sadly, devotion to the Sacred Heart has been all but abandoned in recent decades. It is deemed by many who disdain tradition to be an outmoded devotion—a relic of a distant past that they would rather forget. But devotion to the Sacred Heart is not a devotion specific to one time or place. It is always relevant to us, and now more than ever. Here are four reasons to love and honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The month of June is an ideal time to reacquaint ourselves with the devotion to the Sacred Heart and to unite our hearts with his, who loves us and desires our love in return. Through unity with this Heart, we can atone for our faults and sins and grow in holiness. Read more about the Feast of the Sacred Heart and atonement to the Heart of Jesus Christ.
A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the act of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A plenary indulgence is granted if it is publicly recited on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here are the requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence.
The Sacred Heart is among the most familiar and moving of Catholic devotional images. But its symbolism can also be strange. As we mark the Feast of the Sacred Heart early this month, here is a look at the explanation behind some of the features of the Sacred Heart.
With the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus landing on June 28th this year, you can begin doing little things leading up to the feast day. Ready to start? Here are four ideas to get you into the spirit of the day/month.
On May 31, 1985, one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in North American history swept through parts of Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada. Eighty-nine people died, and more than 1,000 were injured; the damage was estimated at over $600 million. Against all odds, a number of homes directly in the path cut by the tornado remained standing, untouched amid the debris. There was something unusual about these homes, and it wasn’t storm-proof windows or heavy-duty framing.
This beautiful devotion has inspired the faithful to noble acts of self-sacrifice. But the Church’s cultural revolution nearly buried it.
Except for commonly known celebrations (like Easter and Christmas), most of us Catholics group all liturgical celebrations together and call them “feast days.” And while feast days are an important part of the liturgical calendar for the Catholic Church, feast days are only one of three different categories of celebrations throughout the year: Solemnities, Feast Days, and Memorials. On June 28 we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here’s what you need to know about Solemnities … and the other two.
The cultural maxim “follow our heart” is often the litmus test used for making decisions about certain aspects of our lives, especially in relationships. We hear it spoken in movies and in contemporary music. We read it in books and it is one of the most quoted suggestions in social media for decision making. The problem for Catholics: this advice is directly opposed to how we are meant to make decisions.
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