By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D.
“I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.”
Ninth Promise of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
In our “selfie” society of social media, image is everything. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—everywhere we look there is an image. But if it is true that a picture is worth a 1,000 words, what is being said? What is the message? Me, me, me. Yes, unfortunately we live in a world that is absorbed with self. In such a society, personal relationships have suffered. Those bonds which are learned in the family have become a thing of the past.
In such a world, what can the image of the Sacred Heart teach us? The give and take of family life, the learned respect by interacting with others, the stark reality that the sun revolves around more than me, these are all lessons learned in the family. So, what can the message of the Sacred Heart teach us? “Learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart.” Mt.11:29. Selflessness, giving, other-centered – this is the message of the image.
Christ knows our hearts better than anyone because he created them. In His love, “we live, and breathe, and have our being.” We are all on a journey and what we learn now will be used to fashion our eternity. So, He wants to remind us, through the enthronement of His image, to “set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Col. 3:2. Our Mother Luisita says,
“For greater things you were born.”