Sacred Heart of Jesus
Pictured is one small attempt of mine to live in the Sacred Heart — my mousepad. And this quick post is one very small way to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a brief reflection…
I’m a Christian, but do I heed the words of Jesus Christ?
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, make my heart like unto Yours, help me to be humble, to accept my burdens, to learn from You how to be gentle, how to be loving, how to be generous, and how to be strong. You know my current struggles. Pour into me Your love and fill me with Your courage and Your peace.
© 2022 Christina Chase
Feature Photo courtesy of my dad, © 2022 Dan Chase
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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.
Christina, thank you so much for this post yesterday. I’m just beginning to read your book, and I appreciate you very much. You are a much needed voice in the blogosphere! While only Jesus knows the particular depths and agonies (and, of course, joys – “it is good to be here” after all), of your own particular sufferings, I’m experiencing some similar ones. I appreciate your gently calling me on in the battle to be like Jesus, whom I profess as my Lord. May He – the Sweet Sacred Heart of Jesus – encourage you, me, and the others like us. Hang in there. No matter how weak we are physically, as long as we continue to struggle for holiness, even our very feeble and often failed attempts at following Him in Holy Mother Church, His light shines through you and through others like you and even me. Our culture doesn’t like us because we remind them of their mortality. Let’s consecrate ourselves anew to the Beloved. He knows how to make something very beautiful out of our crosses, especially if we embrace them and ask Our Blessed Mother to lend us her Heart, and to ask her often to make us beautiful for Jesus. Immaculate Heart of Mary, please be a Mother to Christina, her readers, and to me. Please adorn our souls with the beauty of the virtues! Saint Therese of Lisieux, please be our special sister and friend. Even you, in the Infirmary of the Carmel at Lisieux, had to put up with some of the sisters bothering you and causing you much suffering (I don’t mean Therese’s biological sisters). Therese, you knew and you well remember being misunderstood by your doctor. You suffered much. Come, Saint Therese, with Our Mother and Queen, to hearten us – those of us who have had complications with family, friends, faith community. Obtain for us strength, joy, and spiritual vigor for the combat of our days: parents aging, the sometimes overwhelmingly frightening prospects of having unlovely, unloving, unfaithful people as our caregivers, and all the rest that goes with it. And Sacred Heart of Jesus, please, allow Servant of God Leonie Martin, pray for us all.
Christina, God bless and keep you. If I’ve written too much, please feel free to edit or delete my comment. Thank you for calling us on!
– Christine. My prayers are with you and your readers. Please send up a one second prayer for me as well. Thank you.
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I greatly appreciate your comment and would in no way want to edit it! Having a tendency to write long comments myself, I’m rather glad when I see one on my blog. 🙂 And your words are just what I needed to hear today. I’d like to highlight a few things that most spoke to me:
“No matter how weak we are physically, as long as we continue to struggle for holiness, even our very feeble and often failed attempts at following Him in Holy Mother Church, His light shines through you and through others like you and even me.” And I share the humility that you sense in saying “even me” because I often find it wondrously amazing that God uses little me to reach others.
Today, I will be (hopefully) receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and, after Mass, our parish will be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, along with the other parishes of our diocese. Although I do not have a particular Marian devotion, I often believe that I should. So these words of yours touched my heart:
“Let’s consecrate ourselves anew to the Beloved. He knows how to make something very beautiful out of our crosses, especially if we embrace them and ask Our Blessed Mother to lend us her Heart, and to ask her often to make us beautiful for Jesus. Immaculate Heart of Mary, please be a Mother to Christina, her readers, and to me. Please adorn our souls with the beauty of the virtues!”
Thank you for reflecting with me and for your prayers! Please visit here as often as you like. You are now in my prayers — it will be easy to remember your name because I am sometimes mistakenly called Christine.
Dear Christina, I was intrigued by the holy picture of your hand over the red mousepad close to the lovely image of the Heart of Jesus. One interpretation might be that the critical instrument, the mousepad, allows you to communicate what’s in your heart to us. And because of your God given communication and writing skills, Jesus speaks to us thru your “Passion” filled, suffering heart. Your weak, hurting, wasting and superhuman hand is tirelessly clicking to send us messages that Jesus wants us to see and hear. Thank you, Christina, for your God given Sacred Heart!
I love how photographs and other imagery can lead us to poetic understandings! Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on this little picture of my hand, mouse, and mousepad. Not knowing if I yet live up to them, may God hear your words as a prayer,