By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D.

“Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.”
Eighth Promise of the Sacred Heart

In this month of October, we are highlighting the eighth promise of the Sacred Heart: “Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.” We also want to focus on that very important component in life –nurturing. To be truly formed, one must feel loved. The family is the most natural place for this to occur. From the first time we are held in our parent’s arms, to that lifting up when we fall taking our first steps, to the strong arms of daddy steadying the tricycle, we experience love. But there is spiritual nurturing as well.

Our overarching song this month is: Wind Beneath My Wings. So, what’s in a song? Well, how about – “I could fly higher than an eagle, ’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.” The lyrics to this song can actually teach us quite a lot about the Sacred Heart and His nurturing love in our lives.

Scripturally, both in the Old and New Testaments, the Holy Spirit has been associated with the wind. Like the wind, he moves imperceptibly in our lives; guiding us; inspiring us; lifting us – higher than an eagle. This Spirit is a direct gift to us from Jesus, the Sacred Heart. He knows us so well. We may go through life under the illusion that we are doing all, my way. But hopefully, sooner than later, we realize, like the author of the song, that – “I was the one with all the glory, while you were the one with all the strength.” The Sacred Heart promises us that we will grow in holiness and perfection and He is true to his word.

Slowly, imperceptibly, Jesus will lift us up like eagles to soar above our brokenness to heights we could never imagine. “It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I’ve got it all here in my heart.” Those words could easily be uttered on the lips of the Sacred Heart. He humbly watches over us and like the wind—cools, refreshes, and guides us. Let’s let Him know we trust in His promise and open our hearts to be lifted up. He really is our Hero and…

The Wind beneath our wings.