Devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ
"You ought therefore to have committed my money to the bankers: and at my coming I should have received my own with usury." (Matthew 25:27).
Jesus Christ once said: "Behold this Heart which has so loved men
that It has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love. 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
. What is most painful to Me is that they are hearts consecrated to Me. It is for this reason I ask you that the first Friday after the octave of the Blessed Sacrament be appropriated to a special feast, to honor My Heart by communicating on that day, and making reparation for the indignity that It has received. And I promise that My Heart shall dilate to pour out abundantly the influences of Its love on all that will render It this honor or procure Its being rendered.
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+ Objection: "Self-styled "Christians" say they physically eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the sacrament. It is unlawful, disgusting and absurd to eat the flesh of the living man or to drink his blood. There is no Jesus Christ under the sacrament but just bread symbolizing Jesus Christ. It is meant spiritual eating and drinking: believing in Jesus Christ.".
Reply to Objection: Unlike the bodies and blood of other living creatures, by being offered as corporeal food and drink under accidents*
(qualities) of bread and wine the body of Jesus Christ cannot be harmed or suffer nor can it be torn apart. Nor can the body or the blood of Jesus Christ have disgusting taste having the tastes of bread and wine.
Some object that it would be disgusting to eat the body or drink the blood of Jesus Christ because, according to them, it would be cannibalism or would mean eating inappropriate i.e. disgusting and unclean parts of human body.
This objection falls easily since when we love someone we say that we would eat him whole
like a cookie if only we could (and at the same time we don't have the slightest thought or feeling about any part of his body as inappropriate for us). Jesus Christ has made that dream a reality.
The clearest proof that Jesus Christ literally said that His Body and Blood shall be eaten and drunk is peculiar missing of John the Evangelist's explanation of the words of Jesus Christ
: because whenever the Jews misunderstood Jesus Christ when He spoke metaphorically or metaphorical speech of Jesus Christ is to be understood, John the Evangelist explains what Jesus Christ really meant (John 2:18-22; John 7:37-39; John 8:27; John 10:6; John 11:11-13; John 11:50-52; John 12:32-33; John 13:10-11; John 21:22-23).
But after the Jews murmured at Jesus Christ's words that He was the bread from Heaven (John 6:35; John 6:41-42; John 6:48; John 6:51) and that His flesh was to be eaten and His blood drunk (John 6:52,53,54,55,56,57) John The Evangelist explains nothing.
This silence of John the Evangelist is all the more striking since that literal meaning of the words of Jesus Christ was followed by the unbelief of almost all disciples of Jesus Christ who thus left him for good (John 6:61,62,65,66,67).
If on much less important occasions John the Evagelist explained the metaphorical words of Jesus Christ much more he should have done so with these much more important words of Jesus Christ had they been metaphorical.
Because John the Evangelist didn't explain anything the words of Jesus Christ necessarily have literal meaning and are most tragically an occasion of unbelief and of parting of the ways with Jesus Christ today as they have been the whole time since they were spoken.
There are also very interesting words spoken by Jesus Christ to the Apostles: "I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you." (John 14:18). Orphans are those who are deprived of their parents (died, left for good). Coming of Jesus Christ on the Judgment day doesn't cut it since the Apostles and other humans would live and die as orphans and would come to Jesus Christ after death and not He to them. Jesus Christ in human hearts by faith (Ephesians 3:17) also doesn't cut it since the Apostles already believed in Jesus Christ and had Him in their hearts when He said that he would not leave them orphans and would come to them.
So, the only way that Jesus Christ doesn't lie is that He truly come to the Apostles and to humans to be truly with them (with His Divine Person, with His human body, human blood and human soul) as 'Emmanuel'-'God with us' (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). And the only way chosen by omnipotent God that Jesus Christ be in Heaven and without leaving Heaven come to the Apostles and to other humans on The Earth is miracle called The Blessed Sacrament of Eucharist.
Thus all who don't believe there is Jesus Christ under The Blessed Sacrament of Eucharist clearly don't believe Jesus Christ when he once said that He would
give His flesh to be eaten (John 6:52 etc.
). Due to that disbelief they are heretics
i.e. Christian unbelievers
who don't believe Jesus Christ but believe only some Christian doctrines taught by Jesus Christ.
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+ Objection: "You say there is Sacrifice of The Mass. Jesus died only once, on the Calvary, and completed The Redemption. There is no other Sacrifice than The Sacrifice of The Calvary and thus no Jesus but only bread under the sacrament.".
"For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place
there is sacrifice
, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 1:11).
Malachi mentions single 'sacrifice'
, 'clean offering to God (oblation)'
in every place
, NOT commemoration of sacrifice or commemoration of clean offering to God in every place as Protestants would have it. And which sacrifice and offering to God except the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross is clean before God?
Objection of Protestants: "The Bible says: "Do this for the commemoration of me." (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthains 11:24,25). So it must be a commemoration of the Sacrifice and not The Sacrifice Itself.".
Reply to Objection: No one eats nor drinks in commemoration of person who died 2 months ago, 2 years ago or 2 000 years ago but person who died very recently. And because Jesus Christ died once, at the Divine service the faithful can, by their eating and drinking, only commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on The Cross Which was very recently present there. So the commemoration is yet another proof of the true death of Jesus Christ being present at the true Divine service.
So The Sacrifice of The Mass is The Sacrifice of The Calvary made present in our time
, at the time of The Mass, by the power of all-powerful God Who manifestly isn't limited by succession of time. At The Mass The Redemption is applied to the faithful, not completed. Thus there is Jesus Christ under The Blessed Sacrament of Eucharist.
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+ Objection: "How could there be The Sacrifice of The Calvary present at The Last Supper which was before The Sacrifice of The Calvary? It was absolutely impossible.".
Jesus Christ said at The Last Supper: "this is my blood of the new testament
, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins." (Matthew 26:28
). Why don't you believe Jesus Christ when He said at The Last Supper that that in the chalice was His blood of The New Testament i.e. His blood that He would shed on The Cross? Is infinite and all-powerful God limited by succession of time as we humans are?
Thus there was The Sacrifice of The Calvary sacramentally present even at The Last Supper i.e. even a day before It, The Sacrifice of The Calvary, happened: such is the omnipotence of infinite God Who isn't limited by succession of time.
What is impossible to humans the same is possible to God (Matthew 19:26). No human can give his heart to the one he loves so much but Jesus Christ has literally given His Sacred Divine and human Heart in the Blessed Sacrament of Eucharist to the one He loves so much: to all humanity. Yet most of humans disbelieve this greatest love of His and thus don't get His infinitely tender and rich Heart with all Its riches.
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the 12th promise
also known as the Great promise of The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ
is: "In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.
other promises also regard temporal welfare of humans devoted to The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ
the promise is for all humans since everyone is called to join The Catholic** Church for his salvation.
** - 'The Catholic Church' means from Greek
'The Church that is Catholic
' i.e. 'The Church that is as the whole (Church)
the name means this: because the whole Church, The Church of Heaven and of Earth, has only one man as Its Head, Jesus Christ, then on Earth The Church which is as the whole Church
must also have only one man as Its Head: that man can obviously be only the pope; all local Churches of The Church are also as the whole Church
thus necessarily having only one man (bishop) as the head of each local Church;
from these necessarily follows that no one belongs to The Church who isn't (as) The Catholic Church;
'Catholic' comes from Greek 'Katholike
' where 'Kat
h' or 'Kat
a' means 'as', 'like', 'according to', 'Hol
os' means '(the) whole', 'ik
' makes it an adjective, 'e
' is for the feminine word;
Greek is the language of the time and place when The Catholic Church was born and of The New Testament Bible texts except The Gospel according to St. Matthew
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