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Sacred Heart Spirituality

Published: February 25, 2022

In celebration of the Year of the Sacred Heart, our Sisters will be sharing reflections throughout the year about who the Sacred Heart is to her and how the manifestation of devotion to His Heart is demonstrated in compassion and love for others. We hope that these reflections will draw you closer to the Heart of Jesus!

Sacred Heart Spirituality
by Sr. Eleanor Perfetto

What does Sacred Heart Spirituality mean to me?

For me, the essence of Sacred Heart spirituality is found in the power of love that we experience in our day-to-day encounters. Authentic love isn’t something that just happens, or dangles out of nowhere. And it is more than an emotion; its source is the Heart of God. We embody that power when we are open to share with others the love of Jesus Christ. We have been empowered to be the passion of God in the world, wherever our world is. And this empowerment calls us to be hope-bearers, vessels of God’s promises, through Jesus.

St. Teresa of Avila’s prayer truly sums up Sacred Heart Spirituality for me: “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet, no eyes, no heart, but yours”.

And so I ask myself, how will the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the abused…how will they come to know the truth of God’s unconditional love for them except through my heart that offers hope?

And how will the sick, the broken-hearted, the lonely, those who await death…how will they see the compassion of Jesus on them except through my eyes that speak “I am with you"?

How will people be embraced for their kindness, for their giving and not counting the cost, and for their conviction and faithfulness to their God-values…how will they be embraced by God’s pleasure except with my hands of profound gratitude and pride?

And for those who experience and celebrate God’s wonder through the birth of a child, renewed health, employment, and good news…how will they trust that God walks with them except by my feet, being for them a companion on their joy-journey?

Could this be what St. John means when he writes: "God’s love is made perfect in us"?  (1 John 4:12)

For me, Sacred Heart Spirituality is putting LOVE to work!

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