The Sacred Heart
Many are familiar with the Sacred Heart Devotion as brought to us by through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. St. Gertrude the Great, as well, was granted the grace to rest near the living heart of Jesus. St. John, who had also reclined on the heart of Jesus at the Last Supper, appeared to her in a vision explaining why he had never written of his experience. “Yes, I heard them, and my soul was penetrated with their sweetness even to its very center” He did not write of this because, “My mission was to write of the Eternal Word . . . but the language of the blissful pulsations of the Sacred Heart is reserved for latter times, that the time-worn world, grown cold in the love of God, may be warmed up by hearing of such mysteries.“ There is a close connection between this devotion and the Blessed Sacrament. In the revelations St. Gertrude and St. Margaret Mary, Sacred Heart is shown to be more than a symbol that represents his love. It is also his real heart of flesh. This devotion thus became connected with a devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament; his soul and divinity, and his body and blood. The physical Sacred Heart of Jesus is made present to us in the Eucharist!