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A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Paperback – April 30, 2012
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"A fresh and attractive reconsideration of this centuries-old devotion in the Catholic Church. Blessed Basile Moreau (1873), founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who entrusted his priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wrote: 'The primary purpose of the devotion to the Sacred Heart is to return love for love.' Fr. Kubicki develops this theme in a way that speaks well to today's generation of believers." --Rev. Peter D. Rocca, C.S.C., Rector, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
"I invite everyone to renew his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ in the month of June, making use of the traditional prayer of the offering of the day and keeping in mind the intentions that I have proposed to the whole Church." --Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus Address, June 1, 2008
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In A Heart on Fire, Fr. Jim delves into the history of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus tracing it's roots back beyond St. Margaret Mary and her call to bring attention and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Returning to the earliest days of the Church and Christ's demand to St. Paul to stop persecuting Him through his torment of the members of His Church, Fr. Jim shows how devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is based on the Word of God and is first and foremost a Eucharistic Devotion which is just as relevant today as it was throughout all of Church history. Fr. Jim shows how the Heart of Christ continues to be in need of our prayers of reparation for sin and how His Heart desires our loving union with Him. He shares several ways that we can live out our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through prayer and good works in this current age.
At the end of each chapter, Fr. Jim shares a prayer exercise that deepens our understanding and love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He gently guides the reader through a meditation with an image of the Sacred Heart, through a scriptural Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a historical perspective of prayers from some of the great saints of the Church, a lectio divina exercise, suggestions for a Eucharistic Holy Hour, prayers of reparation, the morning offering and a family Consecration Prayer Service.
A Heart on Fire is complete with some wonderful full-color images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.Read more ›
He examines the history of this devotion, beginning with the revelations of God's love in the Hebrew Scriptures, followed by the life of Jesus himself, its manifestation in the writings and teachings of the early Church, followed by the visions of several saints, such as St. Lutgard, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Mechthild, and St. Gertrude the Great.
St. Margaret Mary is the saint most associated with this devotion. Jesus appeared to her four times in 1673 and asked her to have a feast instituted in honor of His Sacred Heart. In 1856, Blessed Pius IX placed the feast on the Church's liturgical calendar and in 1899, Pope Leo XIII consecrated the world to the Sacred Heart.
Fr. Kubicki also explores the connection between devotion to the Sacred Heart and devotion to the Eucharist. "Devotion to the Sacred Heart is simply a relationship with Jesus Christ that grows ever more personal and deep. What is the best way to develop such a relationship? The answer is simple: through the Eucharist." He also examines the relationship of the Sacred Heart devotion with that of Divine Mercy.
One of the most interesting parts of "A Heart on Fire" was an explanation of the parts of the Traditional Morning Offering of the Apostleship of Prayer.Read more ›
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BEAUTIFUL book. Though I am disappointed with his final assertions in that they do not go far enough, this is a very well written and researched work. Read morePublished 13 days ago by mom of many
Amazing book.. Really made present for me the centrality of the Sacred Heart for the Christian life.Published 2 months ago by Avery Daniel
Get back to the synthesis of all devotions. The Divine and Human Heart of Jesus!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautifully written text on a topic not often discussed today - The Sacred Heart of Jesus.Published 3 months ago by Alan G. Hartman
A must read!! This book was my introduction to this tradition in the church. It is the very heart of our faith in every way.Published 4 months ago by bunnypenny
I have purchased several copies of this book to share with others; everyone comes back to me to tell me how profound they find this book. Fr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sheila Bertrand
Excellent book. Inspiring and includes the history of the devotion. I bought extra copies to give to friends. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Okie Girl 56