A Message from Mary Lestina
As a child, I remember walking into my grandma’s home and seeing the pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary side-by-side on the living room wall. It was an image that I will never forget, and I often talked about it with my mom in the car after our visit.
My Mom’s answer was unforgettable. “Jesus and Mary love us so much that their hearts beat for us every moment and hope that one day our hearts will beat completely for them.”
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form is derived from a Roman Catholic nun from France, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who said she learned the devotion from Jesus during a series of apparitions between 1673 and 1675. In the 19th century, there were mystical revelations of another Roman Catholic nun in Portugal, Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, who requested in the name of Christ that Pope Leo XIII consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Let us unite in prayer that the reception of Holy Communion will lead us closer to Him and that He will form us into His image.
Let’s invite Him into our hearts and welcome Him into our lives.
Mary Lestina is the Pastoral Associate at St. Dominic Catholic Parish.