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♦Das Heiligste Herz Jesu

Mutter Teresa und die Herz Jesus Verheerung

♦Einführung:

♦Verehrung an das Heiligste Herz Jesu

♦Geschichte

♦Die vier großen Erscheinungen

♦Der Grund oder Zweck der Erscheinungen

♦Was verstehen wir unter Verehrung?

 

Die Verbreitung der Verehrung an das Heiligste Herz war ein wichtiger Aspekt im Leben und Apostolat von Mutter Teresa und ist immer noch ein wichtiger Bestandteil des Missionsapostolats der Missionare der Nächstenliebe. In ihren Konstitutionen heißt es: „Dass die Schwestern bei ihren Besuchen die wahre Verehrung an das Heiligste Herz und das beten des Rosenkranzes in den Familien fördern sollen. Sie sollten den katholischen Familien helfen, sich dem Heiligsten Herzen Jesu und dem Unbefleckten Herzen Mariens zu weihen. Sie sollten auch den Familien beibringen, zu beten, ob sie Christen oder Nichtchristen sind (Nr. 113). “ In ihren Briefen ermutigte Mutter Teresa die Schwestern oft, die Verehrung an das Heiligste Herz Jesu zu verbreiten. Im Juni 1972 schrieb sie: „Jesus hat versprochen, die Namen aller, diese Verehrung an sein Heiligstes Herz verbreiten, in sein Herz zu schreiben. In den meisten unserer Häusern (Niederlassungen) ist es so tröstlich zu sehen, mit welchem Eifer diese Verehrung an Hunderte von Familien verbreiten wird. Jesus kann uns nicht betrügen   - Eure Namen, meine Kinder, sind in Sein Herzen geschrieben. “In einem früheren Brief ermahnte sie ihre Schwestern: „Meine Kinder während der Novene zu des Heiligen Herzens erneuert eure Hingabe mit größerer Entschlossenheit, wahre Apostel des Heiligen Herzens zu werden ...“ Hören auch wir, auf ihre Worte und folgen auch wir, ihrem Beispiel, so das um wir wahre Apostel des Heiligen Herzens Jesu werden.

 

The following pages summarize parts of the book “Enthronement of the Sacred Heart” written by Rev. Francis Larkin. They will provide you with information that is helpful for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart and explaining it to others in a simple way. Also included are suggestions about how to prepare families for the Enthronement Ceremony and Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, how to hold the ceremony in the home, and how to help families live their consecration afterwards.

 

 

Part I: Verehrung an das Heiligste Herz Jesu

 

Geschichte:

Dieses Hochfest hat seinen biblischen Hintergrund im Johannesevangelium, wenn es sagt, dass die Seite Jesu am Kreuz mit einem Lanzenstich durchbohrt wurde (Joh 19,34 EU)

 

Bereits die Kirchenväter sahen in der geöffneten Seite des Gekreuzigten die geöffnete Pforte des Heils, aus der der Kirche alle Ströme der Gnade zufließen: die Sakramente, besonders das Blut Christi der Eucharistie und das Wasser der Taufe. Ebenso betrachteten sie gern Johannes den Evangelisten, den "Lieblingsjünger", der "an der Brust Jesu ruhte" (Joh 13,23 EU) und dem die Geheimnisse dieses Herzens offenbar wurden. Es ist das Herz des Mystischen Leibes Christi.

 

Impulse zur Herz-Jesu-Verehrung kamen aus der deutschen Mystik des Spätmittelalters, z.B. von Mechthild von Magdeburg (1207-1282), Gertrud von Helfta (1256-1302) und Heinrich Seuse (1295-1366) und insbesondere von der französischen Nonne Margareta Maria Alacoque.

 

Jesus ist am Kreuz aus Liebe gestorben, und deshalb wurde das Herz Jesu als Ort seiner unendlichen Liebe zu uns Menschen zunehmend verehrt.

 

Die vier großen Erscheinungen:

It is impossible to state-the exact number of apparitions of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary. Most of them took place while she was kneeling in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament or after Holy: Communion. The principal apparitions may be summarized as follows:

1. December 27, 1673, feast of St. John the Evangelist.

- Like St. John at the Last Supper, St. Margaret Mary was allowed to rest on the Sacred Heart-of Jesus.

- She was chosen to be the disciple of His Sacred Heart. He told her, “My Heart is so inflamed with love for men, and for you in particular, that being unable any longer to contain within Itself the flame of Its burning love, It is compelled to spread them abroad through you...”

 

2. 1673 and 1674.

- The Heart alone was shown as “a throne of fire” with the symbols of the Passion: the wound in His Heart, the crown of thorns, and the cross. Jesus explained to her their meaning. St. Margaret Mary tells us, “He made me to understand that the ardent desire He had of being loved by men and of drawing them from the path of eternal damnation into which Satan was hurrying them in great numbers, had caused Him to fix upon this plan of manifesting His Heart to men.”

- Jesus told her that wherever this sacred image of His Sacred Heart would be publicly exposed for veneration, He would pour forth His graces and blessings.

 

3. Within the Octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi, 1674.

- Jesus appeared in glory, flames issuing from His sacred humanity. He showed His Heart within His breast as the living source of these flames.

- He appealed for reparation and asked for frequent Communion, especially on the First Friday of the Month. He asked for the Holy Hour of Reparation.

- He made known to St. Margaret Mary the ineffable marvels of His pure love and showed her to what an excess He had loved men, from whom He had received only ingratitude and contempt. Jesus told her, “I feel this more than all that I suffered in my Passion. If only they would make me some return for my love, I should think but little of all that I have done for them and would wish, were it possible, to suffer still more. But the sole return they make for all my eagerness to do them good is to reject me and treat me with coldness. Do you at least console me by supplying for their ingratitude, as far as you can.”

 

4. June 16, 1675. The greatest and most famous of the apparitions.

- Jesus complained of the ingratitude that He receives from the irreverence and sacrileges, by the coldness and contempt He is shown in the Sacrament of His Love – the Holy Eucharist. “But what I feel most keenly,” He said, “is that it is the hearts which are consecrated to me that treat me thus.”

- Jesus requested the Feast of the Sacred Heart with Communion and act of reparation. He promised special graces to those who carry out His request and get others to do the same.

 

Der Grund oder Zweck der Erscheinungen:

St. Margaret Mary tells us: “This is as a last effort of the Savior to draw sinners to repentance and to give them abundantly efficacious and sanctifying graces to work out their salvation. The devotion to the Sacred Heart contains treasures beyond comprehension which He wishes to communicate to all well-disposed hearts. This divine Heart is the treasure of heaven and earth, which has been given to us as the final endeavor of His love.”

 

Through the devotion to His Sacred Heart, Our Lord wishes to renew the effects of the redemption and to revive the fire of love in men’s hearts. He wishes to give us through this devotion a new means of loving God as He deserves to be loved.

 

The aim of all the apparitions of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary was the restoration of His Kingship over individuals, families, and nations. “I will reign through the merciful omnipotence of my Sacred Heart.”

 

 

 

Was verstehen wir unter Verehrung?

Devotion has two meanings:

 

1. It means true love, generosity, loyalty, and union of hearts. (This is what we mean when we say a man is devoted to his family.) When we say a person has great devotion to the Sacred Heart, we mean that he truly loves Our Lord, that he is loyal and generous, and that he is united by bonds of love. In one word, he is devoted to the Sacred Heart.

 

2. But devotion to the Sacred Heart can mean something else. It can signify the “cult” – the expression of our love for the Sacred Heart. This is worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as He Himself requested it and as it is approved by the Church. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a “doctrinal cult” by which we worship the Person of Jesus Christ considered in His Heart and all that His Heart symbolizes.

 

Devotion to the Heart of Jesus, then, is not “just another devotion” in either sense of the word, like devotion to one of the saints. It is the devotion of devotions. It is the devotion to the love of Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God. It is devotion to the divine and human love of the Incarnate Word and to the love by which the heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit exercise their care over sinful men.

 

The dogma or doctrine which underlies this devotion:

Every devotional practice approved by the Church is based on a doctrine, a dogma. For instance, the devotion of the Rosary is based on the dogma of the divine Maternity: if Mary were not the Mother of God, we would not be saying the Rosary in her honor.

 

So also the practices of piety familiar to all devotees of the Sacred Heart (such as the First Friday Communions of Reparation, the Holy Hour, etc...) are based on a dogma, a revealed truth. What is that dogma? “GOD IS LOVE” (1 John 4:16).

 

Every practice of devotion toward the Heart of Jesus is nothing else than an expression of these truths: “God is love. Jesus is God. Therefore, Jesus is Love. He loves me. I want to love Him in return.”

 

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, then, is nothing else than love for the person of Jesus, whose infinite love is symbolized by His Heart. Yes, Jesus is a vast ocean of love. His Heart is the symbol of His tremendous love for us.

 

Every time we look at a picture or a statue of the Sacred Heart, we should be reminded of the “greatest story” ever told, the story of God’s love for men. We may think of this story as having a prologue, three chapters and a practical conclusion.

 

The prologue: “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

 

Chapter I: The Incarnation. “God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son... And the Word was made Flesh.”

 

Chapter II: The Passion and Death of Jesus. “God so loved the world... He was crucified and died.”

 

Chapter III: The Eucharist. “God so loved the world... Take and eat.”

 

Conclusion: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart.”

 

Yes, the Heart of Jesus symbolically “sums up” God’s love; it is also a reminder of what He has done for us in the past; what He is doing for us in Heaven, in the Eucharist and in our souls now.

 

 

 

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Text © Mother Teresa Center of the Missionaries of Charity

 

 

 

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