The Sacred Heart of Jesus by Dr. David A. Tokar

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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The Liturgical Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls 19 days after Pentecost, on a Friday.(1)

The Sacred Heart of Jesus
by Dr. David A. Tokar

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is practiced predominantly by the Roman Catholic Church, and also High-Church Anglicans, Lutherans and Eastern Catholics, as well as some Western Rite Orthodox Christians. In the Roman Church, Sacred Heart Devotions are practiced on the First Friday of every month. But Its Reality is not limited to any one Religious or Spiritual Tradition.

The Liturgical Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, “Sollemnitas Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu” in Latin, is a Solemnity celebrated on the Friday that falls 19 days after Pentecost Sunday. In 2021 it falls on June 11. In addition, the entire month of June is devoted to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

This Devotion places emphasis on the Compassion of The Lord Jesus Christ for all of humanity as demonstrated by the Supreme Sacrifice of His Passion Death by Crucifixion, undertaken to cleanse humankind of the sins and transgressions of its past and pave the way toward Salvation and, ultimately, Liberation. By the Resurrection He demonstrated that the death of the physical body is no barrier to being reborn in Spirit and Light. As the Holder of the Divine Office of The Christ, His Compassion is Eternal: beyond time and space and available who all whose hearts and souls are open to receive It, regardless of their Religious or Spiritual Tradition.

When the mind has become established in Being, one becomes Self-Conscious. It takes the development and opening of Heart for one to become God-Conscious. This opening cannot be forced: it occurs naturally as one engages regularly in Meditation or Devotion to God and continues to go about one's activities. Feeling and KNOWING oneself In God and In Creation, and BEING in that Consciousness, one cannot help but act with Love and Compassion, in a way that supports the Growth and Evolution of LIFE, all that is Good, Right and True.

The Sacred Heart Itself is often displayed surrounded by thorns--like the crown of thorns the Lord was forced to wear during His Passion--to symbolize and represent His Sacrifice as an act of Reconciliation and Atonement, His At-one-ment with all of Humankind. We partake of This Universal Love and Compassion more and more as we help others carry their Cross even as we continue to carry our own.

In Love, In Divine Unity!

Dr. David A. Tokar

footnotes
(1) The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. It falls 19 days after Pentecost, on a Friday. The earliest possible date is May 29, as in 1818 and 2285. The latest possible date is July 2, as in 1943 and 2038.


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