The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There are many ways to foster a devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus during this month. Here are some ways to practice this devotion:

  1. Going to Confession and receiving Holy Communion on first Fridays for nine consecutive months. I’ve been trying to do this for over a decade and so far I have not been able to make it. We just keep trying again : )
  2. Praying the daily Rosary. I pray 5 decades before the kids get up and 5 decades either in the morning with the kids or in the evening before bed, although I prefer the mornings.
  3. Receiving Holy Communion frequently
  4. Praying an act of consecration as a family during night prayers
  5. Making a Holy Hour on Thursdays, at least once a month. I haven’t tried this yet because it’s in the evenings, and I usually can’t get out of the house after 5:00 pm.
  6. Displaying an image of the Sacred Heart in a prominent place in your home. We have ours in the front room, which we call our rosary room.
  7. Pray the Chaplet of the Sacred Heart
  8. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. We have done this once, but have not renewed it since.

Periodically, the family might want to renew the Consecration, especially on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at the Feast of Christ the King (the last Sunday in October), on days of great family joys; in times of sorrow, sickness, and death, major life events, such as First Communions, Confirmations, before the departure from home of a member: to join army, convent, seminary, before marriage, a child leaving for college, etc. Fish Eaters

Here is an act of consecration you can pray with your family in the evenings:

"Most sweet Jesus, humbly kneeling at Thy feet, we renew the consecration of our family to Thy Divine Heart. Be Thou our King forever! In Thee we have full and entire confidence. May Thy spirit penetrate our thoughts, our desires, our words and our deeds. Bless our undertakings, share in our joys, in our trials, and in our labors. Grant us to know Thee better, to love Thee more, to serve Thee without faltering."

"By the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Peace, set up Your kingdom in our country. Enter closely into the midst of our families and make them Yours through the solemn enthronement of Your Sacred Heart, so that soon one cry may resound from home to home: "May the triumphant Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved, blessed, and glorified forever!" Honor and glory to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!"

Chaplet of the Sacred Heart

The Chaplet consists of thirty-three small beads, six large beads, a centerpiece, a Crucifix and a Sacred Heart Medal. 

On the cross pray: Soul of Christ, sanctify me …

On the large beads: O sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love Thee more and more.

On the small beads: Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.

At the end of each decade: Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

At the conclusion: May the Heart of Jesus in the most blessed Sacrament be praised and adored and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. 

Amen   

On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we made an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart in which you gain a plenary indulgence with the usual conditions. This month I’m going to read Saint Margaret Mary: And the Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the kids during our morning prayer time.

He promised that, in response to those who consecrate themselves and make reparations to His Sacred Heart:

  • He will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  • He will establish peace in their homes.
  • He will comfort them in all their afflictions.
  • He will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
  • He will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
  • Sinners will find in His Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  • Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
  • Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  • He will bless every place in which an image of His Heart is exposed and honored.
  • He will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  • Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in His Heart.
  • In the excessive mercy of His Heart that His all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in His disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. His divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
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