“The divine promise, the nine first Fridays to the Sacred Heart, that you did before entering into lies and becoming an enemy of God, has saved you.”
“He remembers his covenant for ever, the promise he laid down for a thousand generations” (Ps 105:8)
The Sacred Heart of Jesus burns with love for men. At Tre Fontane, Our Lady told Bruno that this devotion had saved him. The Virgin wanted to underline the reality that Our Lord works in the details of everyone’s life to bring about their salvation even if it is won despite our own initial resistance. The other aspect of the grace that Bruno received is that it took time to mature. We do not often receive the grace we ask for immediately or even on our terms. The Lord knows the real needs of lives which is a deeper encounter with Him. First, we must grow in trust and patience before the Lord will answer our needs. The Lord grants us the graces just at the right time. Often, it is only when we look back that we see that the Lord’s timing was perfect.
Today, let us ask Our Lady for the grace of greater devotion to the Sacred Heart and the courage to entrust all our lives to Him.
Teaching of the Church
“We do not hesitate to declare that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most effective school of the love of God; the love of God, We say, which must be the foundation on which to build the kingdom of God in the hearts of individuals, families, and nations…” Pius XII, Harietis Aquas, n124