"Behold the Heart that has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify to Its love, and in return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this Sacrament of Love."
These are the words of Christ to St. Margaret Mary to whom He entrusted the mission to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart in order to repair for the ingratitude, sacrileges, blasphemies and the indifference committed against It in the Blessed Sacrament. In return, He promised great graces to those who respond to His plea for love and reparation.
Yet, we cannot come to love what we do not know or understand.
To encourage devotion to the Heart of Jesus, Fr. Marin de Boylesve, S.J. (1813-1892) provides short reflections based on the Scriptures showing how everything God planned came from His Love: that this most Loving Heart is present throughout the Gospels, how the actions of the Blessed Trinity are completely connected with the Heart of Christ, and that the most perfect prayer, the Our Father, springs from the font of the Sacred Heart. Fr. de Boylesve also explains how the Sacraments of the Church come forth from this Furnace of Love, and how the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are united with the Sacred Heart.
If you desire to understand and increase your love for the Heart of Jesus, this book is a must-have for your spiritual library. Included are a biography of the author, additional prayers and sixteen illustrations.
About the author: Fr. Marin de Boylesve is best remembered in France for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart with his writings thereby promoting the cause for the construction of the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.