“The Sacred Heart is the symbol of the love with which Jesus continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings without exception.”
CHRIST’S TRUE BODY
476 Since the Word became flesh in assuming a true humanity, Christ’s body was finite. Therefore the human face of Jesus can be portrayed…its representation in holy images [is] legitimate.
477 At the same time the Church has always acknowledged that in the body of Jesus “we see our God made visible and so are caught up in the love of the God we cannot see.” The individual characteristics of Christ’s body express the divine person of God’s Son. He as made the features of his human body his own, to the point that they can be venerated when portrayed in a holy image, for the believer “who venerates the icon is venerating in it the person of the one depicted.”
THE HEART OF THE INCARNATE WORD
Jesus knew and loved us each and all during his life, his agony, and his Passion and gave himself up for each one of us: “The Son of God…loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). He has loved us all with a human heart. For this reason, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation (cf. Jn 19:34), “is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that…love with which the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings” without exception.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
A PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
filled with infinite love;
broken by our ingratitude
and pierced by our sins,
yet loving us still;
accept the consecration
we now make to You of all that
we are and all that we have.
Take every faculty of our souls
and bodies, only day by day
draw us nearer and nearer to
Your Sacred Heart; and there
as we shall hear the lesson,
teach us Your Holy Way.