Novena in Honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Day One

Novena in Honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Day One


What do You Desire?

Today’s Scripture
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples and, as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’   The two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus. … John 1: 35-3

Reflection for the First Day
Jesus addresses the same question to you at the beginning of this novena
‘What do you want?’
St Augustine said that all our desires are really a longing for God in disguise, where there is real desire, there is prayer.   So, be at peace in your desire, you are already praying!

Today’s Prayer
Lord, I come to You at the start of this Novena
with a muddle of desires.
Give me courage,
to listen to what You want to say to me
and give me the strength
to accept Your loving desires for me and for my loved ones.

Daily Invocation
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

Novena Prayer
Lord Jesus,
the needs of Your people open Your heart in love for each of us.
You care for us when we are lost,
sympathise with us in loneliness
and comfort us in mourning.
You are closest to us, when we are weakest.
You love us most, when we love ourselves least.
You forgive us most, when we forgive ourselves least
and You call us to spread Your love, in whatever way we can.
Lord Jesus, Your heart is moved with compassion
when we are suffering,
when we need Your help
and, when we pray for each other.
I ask You to listen to my prayer during this Novena
and grant what I ask.
…………………………. (Mention your intention)
If what I ask, is not for my own good and the good of others,
grant me what is best,
that I may build up Your kingdom of love in our world.

If you would prefer the Sacred Heart Novena by St Alphonsus Liguori – below is Day One:


Thought for the Day – 10 June – The Sacred Heart of Jesus Surmounted by a Flaming Cross

Thought for the Day – 10 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Surmounted by a Flaming Cross

god's justice is as infinite as his charity - bacci - 10 june 2020

“St Margaret Mary saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus, surmounted by flames in the midst of which, a Cross was raised on high.
These flames and this Cross, were the symbol of the infinite love of Jesus.
Let us reflect a little.
God, immeasurably happy in Himself, wished to communicate a share in His happiness to men, whom He created in a state of earthly happiness.
He was offended by men and, when He saw that they were heading for destruction, He sent His Eternal Word to them.
The Word took a human nature and became our brother;  He preached the way to Heaven and gave us the means to achieve it.
More than this, He offered Himself as a divine victim of expiation for our sins.
Having been condemned by those whom He had come to show the way, He died on the Cross and shed all His Blood, for our salvation.

Pagans of all times have called this “the folly of the cross.”
In fact, it is the miracle of the infinite love of God for humanity.
Let us remember, however, that, although His love and goodness are infinite, so also is His justice!
It is an overwhelming miracle of love on the part of God, that He became man and died for us.
It will be our own downfall if we fail to co-operate with this miracle of love!

The same Jesus, Who died on the Cross for us and revealed His Heart, pierced and flaming with love, will one day appear with the same glorious sign of the Cross, as our Supreme Judge.
Then, He will say to the wicked: “Depart from me, accursed ones, into everlasting fire!”

God’s justice is, as infinite as His charity!
We must choose either the way of the Cross, the way of love and goodness to which the Sacred Heart of Jesus invites us, or the way of sin, which leads to the gulf of ruin and the final condemnation of the Supreme Judge.
This is the tremendous choice we have to make.”

Antonio Cardinal Bacci


Quote/s of the Day – 10 June – Old and New

Quote/s of the Day – 10 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Wednesday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 16:1-2, 4-5, 8, 11, Matthew 5:17-19

“I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.”

Matthew 5:17

“In the first instance,
the finger of God inscribed the laws on tablets of stone
but now, it is in human hearts,
that He writes it (Ex 31:18; 2 Cor 3:3).

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“The New Testament lies hidden, in the Old;
the Old is made accessible, by the New.”

the new testament lies hidden n the old - the old is made - st augustie 10 june 2020

“His mother is the whole Church,
since it is she, who, by God’s grace,
gives birth to Christ’s members,
that is to say, those who are faithful to Him.
Again, His mother is every holy soul
who does the Father’s will
and whose fruitful charity is made known
in those, to whom she gives birth for Him,
“until he has been formed in them” (cf Gal 4:19)”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace

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“He is the one who teaches
the truth of prophecy
through His presence
and makes obedience
to the commandments possible
through grace.”

he is the one who teaches the truth of prophecy - st pope leo the great 10 june 2020

“When it comes to obeying the commandments
or enduring adversity,
the words uttered by the Father
should always echo in our ears –
“This is my Son, the beloved,
in whom I am well pleased,
listen to Him.”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461)
Father and Doctor of the Churchwhen it comes to obeying the commandments - st pope leo the great 10 june 2020

“The Old Testament is like a radio
with its hidden voice
announcing the One to come.
The New Testament is like a television
because the Word became both
audible and visible.”

Venerable Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

the old testament is like a radio - ven fulton sheen 10 june 2020

” Christ instituted this new covenant,
the new testament, that is to say, in His Blood, (1 Cor 11:25) c
alling together a people made up of Jew and gentile,
making them one, not according to the flesh but in the Spirit.
This was to be the new People of God … :
“a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
… the people of God” (1 Pt 2:9).”

Vatican Council II –
Constitution on the Church
“Lumen gentium” # 9

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One Minute Reflection – 10 June – ‘I am your Light, your Salvation and your King.’

One Minute Reflection – 10 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Wednesday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 16:1-2, 4-5, 8, 11, Matthew 5:17-19

“I have come, not to abolish but to fulfil.” … Matthew 5:17

REFLECTION – “The sacrifice of the lamb, the Passover rite and the letter of the Law, have reached their term in Jesus Christ, in view of Whom, everything in the ancient Law took place – and, even more so, in the new dispensation.   For the Law became the Word;  from being old it became new …  the commandments have been transformed into Grace and the foreshadowing into truth;  the lamb has become the Son, the sheep has become man and man has become God. …matthew 5 17 i have come not toa bolish but to fulfil - the sacrifice of the lamb, the passover rit and the letter of the law - st melitos of sardis 10 june 2020

God though He was, the Lord put on our humanity;  He suffered for him who was suffering, was bound for him who was captive, was judged for the guilty, was buried for him who was buried.   He was raised from the dead and cried out in a loud voice:  “If anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together” (Is 50,8).   It is I who delivered the condemned man;  I who restored life to the dead;  I who raised up those in the grave.   “Who disputes my right?”   It is I, He says, I, who am the Christ, I, who destroyed death, who triumphed over the enemy, who bound the mighty enemy and carried off man to the heights of heaven;  it is I, He says, who am the Christ.

Come along then, every human family, full of sin as you are and receive the forgiveness of your sins.   For I Myself, am your forgiveness, I am the Passover of salvation, the Lamb slain for your sakes, your redemption, life and resurrection;  I am your Light, your Salvation and your King.   It is I, who lead you to the heights of heaven, I, who will raise you up;  it is I, who will bring you to see the Father who is from all eternity;  it is I, who will raise you up by My all-powerful Hand.” … St Melito of Sardis (Died c 180) Bishop, Apologist – Paschal Homilymatthew 5 17 i have come not to abolish but to fulfil - come along then every human family - st melitos of sardis 10 june 2020

PRAYER – Shed your clear light on our hearts, Lord, so that walking continually in the way of Your commandments, we may never be deceived or misled. May your Angels and Saints, pray for us. May the Mother of Our God and our Mother, be at our side and guide our way. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.blessed mother mary ora pro nobis pray for us 10 june 2020


Our Morning Offering – 10 June – Heart Of Jesus By Blessed Miguel Pro

Our Morning Offering – 10 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – Wednesday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time, Year A

Heart Of Jesus
By Blessed Miguel Pro – Martyr (1891-1927)

I believe, O Lord
but strengthen my faith,
Heart of Jesus, I love Thee
but increase my love.
Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee,
but give greater vigour
to my confidence.
Heart of Jesus,
I give my heart to Thee,
but so enclose it in Thee
that it may never
be separated from Thee.
Heart of Jesus, I am all Thine,
but take care of my promise
so that I may be able
to put it into practice even unto
the complete sacrifice of my life.
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Saint of the Day – 10 June – Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315)

Saint of the Day – 10 June – Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315) Layman, Widower and Father – born in c 1250 at Bolzano, Italy and died on 10 June 1315 in Treviso, Italy of natural causes.   He is also known as Henry of Bolzano or Blessed Rigo.   Patronage – Treviso.vl henry of treviso EnricoBozen-retouch

Henry was born in Bolzano, Italy.   He lived during the last part of the thirteenth and early part of the fourteenth centuries.  Henry’s family was very poor, so he had no opportunity to learn to read and write. When he was a teenager, he moved to Treviso to find work.   He became a day labourer.   Few people realised that he gave away most of his earnings to the poor.   He went to Mass daily and received Holy Communion as often as was permitted.   Henry loved the Sacrament of Confession, too and found this Sacrament, of the forgiving God very encouraging.

People began to notice the kind of Christian Henry was.   He made it his penance to be very diligent at his work.   And he allowed ample time every day for private prayer, usually in a Church.   Henry was known for his calm and gentle ways.   Sometimes people teased him because he seemed like such a simple person.   As he grew older, he began to look shabby and stooped.   Children would comment at times on his peculiar appearance.   But Henry didn’t mind.   He realised that they did not know they were hurting henry of treviso with mary

When Henry was too old and frail to work, a friend James Castagnolis, brought him into his own home.   Mr Castagnolis gave Henry a room and food when the old man would accept it.   Blessed Henry insisted that he live on the alms of the people of Treviso.   They were generous in their donations of food because they knew that he shared their gifts with many people, who were poor and homeless.   By the end of his life, Henry could barely walk.   People watched with awe as the old man dragged himself to morning Mass.   Often, he would visit other local Churches as well, painfully moving toward each destination.Blessed-Henry-of-Treviso

What a mystery this good man was.   When he died on 10 June 1315, people crowded into his little room.   They wanted a Relic, a keepsake. They found his treasures – a prickly hair-shirt, a log of wood that was his pillow, some straw that was the mattress for his bed.   They stripped the straw that served for his bed to keep as a Relic – there was not much else to take.

His body was moved to the Cathedral so that all the people could pay their tribute.    Over two hundred miracles were reported within a few days after his death.  A beautiful Altar was built in a side Chapel of the Cathedral in his honour, see below.Duomo_(Treviso)_-_interior_-_Altare_del_Beato_henry of treviso Enrico_da_Bolzano

A beautiful Oratory was built in Treviso in honour of Blessed Henry.1024px-Oratorio_bl Henry of Treviso

Henry of Treviso was declared “Blessed” by Pope Benedict XIV on 23 July 1750 (cultus confirmed).

A Trevisan Priest, Fr Rambaldo degli Azzoni Avogari, published a hagiography of him in 1760.


Feast of Our Lady of the Grotto, Mellieħa, Malta and Memorials of the Saints – 10 June

Our Lady of the Grotto, Mellieħa, Malta:
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa is a Marian shrine in the village of Mellieħa in Malta. It was originally constructed in the late 16th century and contains a Byzantine-style fresco, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ on her right arm.   Tradition has it that the painting was made by St Luke when he was shipwrecked on the island with St Paul.   The church expanded several times to accommodate the growing population of the village and the roofed veranda is considered a classic example of 17th century Renaissance architecture.   The sanctuary was blessed by St Pope John Paul II during his visit to Malta in May 1990.

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Bl Amata of San Sisto
St Amantius of Tivoli
St Asterius of Petra
St Bardo of Mainz
Bl Bogumilus of Gniezno
St Caerealis of Tivoli
St Censurius of Auxerre
St Crispulus of Rome
Blessed Edward Johannes Maria Poppe (1890-1924)
Bl Elisabeth Hernden
Bl Elizabeth Guillen
St Evermund of Fontenay
St Faustina of Cyzicus
Bl Gerlac of Obermarchtal
St Getulius of Tivoli
Blessed Henry of Treviso (1250-1315)

St Illadan of Rathlihen
St Ithamar of Rochester
Blessed John Dominici OP (c 1355-1419)
His Life:
Bl José Manuel Claramonte Agut
Bl Joseph Kugler
St Landericus of Novalese
St Landericus of Paris
Bl Mary Magdalene of Carpi
St Maurinus of Cologne
St Primitivus of Tivoli
St Restitutus of Rome
Bl Thomas Green
St Timothy of Prusa
Bl Walter Pierson
St Zachary of Nicomedia

Martyrs of North Africa – 17 saints: A group of seventeen Christians martyred together in North Africa; the only surviving details are two of their names – Aresius and Rogatius. Both the precise location in North Africa and the date are unknown.

Martyrs of the Aurelian Way – 23 saints: A group of 23 martyrs who died together in the persecutions of Aurelian. The only details that survive are three of their names – Basilides, Mandal and Tripos. c.270-275 on the Aurelian Way, Rome, Italy.

Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort/Martyrs of La Rochelle – 64 beati: In 1790 the French Revolutionary authorities passed a law requiring priests to swear allegience to the civil constitution, which would effectively remove them from the authority of and allegience to, Rome. Many refused and in 1791 the government began deporting them to French Guyana. 827 priests and religious were imprisoned on hulks (old ships no longer sea-worthy and used for storage, jails, hospitals, etc.) at Rochefort, France to await exile, most on the Deux-Associés and the Washington which had previously been used to house slaves or prisoners. There they were basically ignored to death as there was little provision for food and water, less for sanitation and none at all for medical help. 542 of the prisoners died there.
The survivors were freed on 12 February 1795 and allowed to return to their homes. Many of them wrote about their time on the hulks and many of them wrote about the faith and ministry of those who had died. 64 of them have been positively identified and confirmed to have died as martyrs, dying for their faith, they are:
• Antoine Auriel• Antoine Bannassat• Augustin-Joseph Desgardin• Barthélemy Jarrige de La Morelie de Biars• Charles-Antoine-Nicolas Ancel• Charles-Arnould Hanus• Charles-René Collas du Bignon• Claude Beguignot
• Claude Dumonet• Claude Laplace• Claude Richard• Claude-BarnabéLaurent de Mascloux• Claude-Joseph Jouffret de Bonnefont• élie Leymarie de Laroche• Florent Dumontet de Cardaillac• François d’Oudinot de la Boissière
• François François• François Hunot• François Mayaudon• Gabriel Pergaud
• Georges-Edme René• Gervais-Protais Brunel• Jacques Gagnot• Jacques Lombardie• Jacques Retouret• Jacques-Morelle Dupas• Jean Baptiste Guillaume• Jean Bourdon• Jean Hunot• Jean Mopinot• Jean-Baptiste de Bruxelles• Jean-Baptiste Duverneuil• Jean-Baptiste Laborie du Vivier
• Jean-Baptiste Menestrel• Jean-Baptiste Souzy• Jean-Baptiste-Ignace-Pierre Vernoy de Montjournal• Jean-Baptiste-Xavier Loir• Jean-François Jarrige de la Morelie de Breuil• Jean-Georges Rehm• Jean-Nicolas Cordier
• Joseph Imbert• Joseph Juge de Saint-Martin• Joseph Marchandon
• Lazare Tiersot• Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam• Louis-François Lebrun
• Louis-Wulphy Huppy• Marcel-Gaucher Labiche de Reignefort• Michel-Bernard Marchand• Michel-Louis Brulard• Nicolas Savouret• Nicolas Tabouillot• Noël-Hilaire Le Conte• Paul-Jean Charles• Philippe Papon• Pierre Gabilhaud• Pierre Jarrige de la Morelie de Puyredon• Pierre-Joseph le roing de la Romagère• Pierre-Michel Noël• Pierre-Sulpice-Christophe Faverge• Pierre-Yrieix Labrouhe de Laborderie• Raymond Petiniaud de Jourgnac• Scipion-Jérôme Brigeat Lambert• Sébastien-Loup Hunot.
They died between 19 May 1794 and 23 February 1795 aboard prison ships docked at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France and were beatified on
1 October 1995 by St Pope John Paul II.