The 12 Promises in Daily Life

08-11-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Friends in Christ,

Now that we have the historical and theological basis for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I would like to demonstrate how this practice can affect ordinary family life. I recently read about a deadly tornado outbreak on May 31, 1985. It affected parts of Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada. Eighty nine people died and more than 1,000 were injured; the damage was estimated over $600 million. In today’s cost of living situation it would be in the billions. A bombed out-battle-field was how one local weather service described the borough of Wheatland, PA.

An hour north of Wheatland, the tiny community of Albion was among the hardest hit, with 12 residents killed, 80 injured and a corridor of devastation two blocks wide. St. Lawrence, Catholic Church was ripped in half and the parish priest, Fr. Robert Reilly escaped being sucked out of the rectory window only by bracing himself against the window frame. The rectory was totally destroyed. Against all odds, a number of homes directly in the path cut by the tornado remained standing, untouched amid the debris. There was something unusual about these homes, and it wasn’t from the storm-proof windows or heavy-duty framing. What set these houses apart was that in each one the family had formally enthroned the Sacred Heart and consecrated their homes and family members to Him.

Among the 12 promises that the Sacred Heart of Jesus made to St. Margaret Mary is the following: “I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.” As part of the ceremony of enthronement, each of these families would have placed an image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in a place of honor in their homes.

The Albion incident was investigated by Msgr. Carter for Soul Magazine. He telephoned Fr. Reilly. “Yes, Monsignor, it’s true,” Fr. Reilly confirmed adding: “I guess I should have had the rectory enthroned too.”

In announcing the consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart, Pope Leo XIII wrote, “Today, behold another blessed and heavenly token is offered to our sight—the most Sacred Heart of Jesus with a cross rising from it and shining forth with dazzling splendor amid flames of love.”

So please join us every Thursday, starting September 5th, before First Friday at 7 pm for Holy Hour and opportunity for confession to follow. Then on First Friday either the 7 am or 9 am Mass to complete the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I wholeheartedly believe it is in this way that Christian family life can be renewed.

God bless you,

Fr. Brighenti