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8 May 26, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC COMMENTARY www.upcatholic.org B ehold this heart which has so loved the world and has received so little love in return. While I may have not quoted this cor- rectly it is true to the words which Jesus spoke to Saint Margaret Mary Alaco- que when he appeared to her and asked for a renewal of devotion to his Sacred Heart. We have all seen paint- ings of Jesus, baring his Sacred Heart, with flames coming from it. The purpose of these works has been to remind us of Jesus love. However, the other half of the devotion to the Sacred Heart, the return of our love to Jesus, is missing. During June the Church calls us to renew our personal love for Jesus. We may know a great deal about a person but, unfortunate- ly, not really know that person. During this coming month of June (and to be continued after- ward) we would do well to heed the exhortation of Pope Francis to read a section from the Gos- pels daily. It doesnt need to be a long section, but we need to read in such a way that Gods Word sinks deep into us. Just as rain does little good if it doesnt soak in, so we need to let scrip- ture soak into us. I would like to suggest two ways of doing this. (By no means are they the only possi- bilities). The first is to read and pray Johns Gospel, 13 17. At the Last Supper Jesus poured out his heart to his chosen ones (that includes you and me). Read it straight through. If you have a hard time reading through in one sitting, keep at it. In this first reading get an over- view of Jesus words, pausing to listen when a word or phrase gets your attention. Be sure that you have a Bible in which you can highlight or underline. It helps. Go back to the text. Take time to ponder, one word or phrase at a time. What does this mean for me? How can I incorporate it into my mind and heart? As you ponder you will probably have distractions. Good. Distractions are Gods way of bringing people, events, decisions and values into your con- versation with Jesus. Be still. Ask Jesus what he is trying to tell you. Go back again. Be still, continue to ponder and talk and listen to what Jesus will tell you. If it takes several weeks (or even months) to do this that's fine. In general practice, this scheme can be followed with a much smaller portion of the text, perhaps just a few verses. A good place to begin is with the Gospel of the day. Eventually you will find yourself doing this with the first and second read- ings and with the daily portion of the Psalm. You will never exhaust the Word of God. A second suggestion I would make is to find a copy of the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Je- sus. It is good to pray the entire litany but I find it more helpful to pray just one invocation at a time, perhaps as a mantra for a day or two. The titles given to Jesus are inexhaustible. Whatever you do, remember that the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is two-fold: to remember and abide in the love Jesus has for you and to return your love to Jesus. Jesus, I do love you. Increase my love. Re- turn that love to Jesus in himself and then in the people whom God has put into your life. Cul- tivate a first-name relationship with Jesus. I am reminded of a second grader whose mother asked him who his religion teacher is. He replied that he didnt know her name but thought that she was Jesus grandma because that who she ever talked about! A Sacred Heart of Jesus retreat weekend will take place June 23-25 at Marygrove Re- treat Center in Garden. It will be led by Father Tim Ferguson along with Deacon Steve and Jackie Gretzinger. Visit www. marygrove.org or call (906) 644-2771, for more informa- tion. REFLECTIONS FROM NORTHSTAR Regis Walling Behold this Heart" To place an advertisement of congratulations in The U.P. Catholic Newspaper, Contact Deacon Steve Gretzinger upc@new.rr.com - 1-866-452-5112 YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017 SAINT PETER CATHEDRAL 3:30 PM EDT TO THE ORDINATION OF DUSTIN FORREST LARSON TO THE ORDER OF DEACON. (TRANSITIONAL) In 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. The 33 invocations allow one for each year of life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. Follow each line in this section with "have mercy on us." God the Father of Heaven, God the Son, Redeemer of the world, God, the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, One God, Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother, Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty, Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God, Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High, Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven, Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts, Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity, Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased, Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee, Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium, Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, Heart of Jesus, obedient to death, Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation, Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee, Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints, Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord. V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart. R. Make our hearts like to Thine. Let us pray; Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen. Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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