Loving Him

Seeking and Finding His Heart of Love

We are commanded to: “Love the Lord Thy God, with thy whole mind, thy whole heart and thy whole soul…”

Notice the use of the word “whole” in each command! This means that, to truly love Him, our entire lives are to be, day by single day, a continuing Act of Love, for Him, in which we offer every action, every care, all our joys and sufferings and good works for the intentions of His Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, the conversion of sinners, and the release of the souls in Purgatory.

This is what He means by our whole mind, whole heart and whole soul! Love beyond ordinary human love: “Love me more-oh, much more!-than human beings love one another.” (M.T. no.134). Why does He ask this? Because, as He says, “A love that does not exaggerate is not love; it is affection.” And our greatest effort cannot even approach the suffering of His Sacrifice.

Two more reasons He wishes to be loved: “I desire to be loved; I crave the love of my creatures! When they will come to love Me, they will no longer offend Me. When two people really love each other, they never offend each other.” (C.B., p.98)

“Nothing is wanting in my heavenly beatitude, which is infinite, but I yearn for souls….I thirst for them, and want to save them.” (J.M., p. 377)

There is an old saying applied to good people: “To know him is to love him.” How true this is in Our Lord’s case! Yet, hear now Our Lord’s complaint and yearning:

“Ah! If only they [souls] knew my Heart….mankind is ignorant of Its mercy and goodness; that is my greatest sorrow.” (J.M., p.32)

Again: [Mary:] “O! If only souls knew Him better, they would love Him so much more.” (J.M., p.322)

The best way to learn to know Him is by offering Him acts of love and through fervent, unceasing prayer expressing the desire to truly know Him so that we may love Him better. “Your actions will have more value in proportion as you increase in love.” (C.B., p. 99)

We then wait as He grants us the graces to come closer to His Heart. Over time this may produce the fruit we desire. HE wants this communication as much as we desire it: “Ah, if souls only understood how ardently I desire to communicate Myself to them! But how few do understand….and how deeply this wounds My Heart.” (J.M. p.109)

“They [souls] have not understood My Heart. For it is their very destitution and failings that incline My goodness toward them. And when acknowledging their helplessness and weakness, they humble themselves and have recourse to Me trustfully, then indeed they give me more glory than before their fault.” (J.M., p.208)

If we can learn to love Him more than a wife, husband , children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, we will approach total unity with His Sacred Heart. Who among us loves Him to that degree now?

We are not to be discouraged, however, if we do not achieve all we wish in desiring and loving Him. He only expects us to do the best we can. As He has said to another holy nun, another victim soul of the 20th century, Sister Josefa Menendez: “I want souls so much to understand this! It is not the action in itself that is of value; it is the intention with which it is done.” (Emphasis added) (J.M., p.213)

He will supply whatever is lacking from His bountiful, loving Heart and thus perfect our desire and love for Him. Begin today to desire Him with your whole heart. May He grant you the grace to find Him and love Him as He wishes to be loved.

“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” –St. Augustine

Quotations above are from the book, Words of Love by Fr. Bartholomew Gottemoller, O.C.S.O., TAN Books and Publishers, Rockford, IL. 1-800-437-5876

1 Words of Love, Father Bartholomew Gottemoller, Tan Books and Publishers, 1985 1-800-437-5876
2 M.T. – Sister Mary of the Trinity; J.M. – Sister Josefa Manendez; C.B. – Sister Consolota Bertone

The following prayer of St. Anselm of Canterbury succinctly summarizes the entire process of conversion in a few words for those desiring a total and complete unity with His Sacred Heart. We should all desire this unity. Regardless of whether we attain it completely, we should, at least, desire it and should say the prayer (or our own formula) daily as fervently as we can, so that He will grant us the graces needed to achieve it, as He grants His graces to each one:

The Sacred Heart Prayer for Total Conversion to
His Sacred Heart

Lord our God,
Grant us the grace to desire you with our whole heart,
that so desiring, we may seek and find you;
and so finding you, we may love you;
and loving you, we may hate those sins
from which you have redeemed us.

As you can see, everything starts with desire.

In the book, Words of Love, by Father Bartholomew Gottemoller, O.S.C.O., TAN Books and Publishers, in which He compiled and quotes the words of Our Lord to three holy nuns, all victim souls of the twentieth century, on various subjects, Our Lord has said:

“I so much want souls to understand this! It is not the action in itself that is of value: it is the intention with which it is done.” (J.M., p. 213)

So if we don’t achieve all we desire in His behalf, do not be concerned or frustrated, because, as He said, it is the desire and intention to do so that has the merit, in His eyes.

The Greatest Proof of Love In Practicing the Devotion

Suffering

Everyone at various times in life experiences physical and/or mental suffering be it great or small.  Everything, from the pain of loss of a loved one, surgery, cancer, psychological problems of addiction and dependency, broken bones, down to headaches, arthritis, even a cut finger.

Unfortunately, for the most part, suffering’s spiritual merit, as an offering to His Sacred Heart in reparation for sins and as an Act, and proof, of our love for Him, is lost forever, simply because the sufferer does not think to offer the suffering to Him as an Act of Love.  One prays only to be free of it.

Yet Our Lord has said: “I loved suffering, I the Man of Sorrows; I chose it because it makes reparation for sins when it is offered with love…. when suffering is joined to love, the proofs of love given through suffering are a true reparation offered to God. It is giving God something that He does nothave in His Heaven.  Therefore, I chose suffering so that all My creatures, even the most miserable, like yourself, might have something precious to offer to God.”  (M.T., no. 109) (Emphasis added)

[Josefa] “It is blindness to avoid pain, even in very small things, for not only is it of great worth to ourselves,  but it serves to guard many from the torments of Hell.”  (J. M., p.230)

“When suffering is accepted with love, it is no longer suffering, but is changed into joy.” (C.B., p.108)

“Be persuaded, that if your self-denial and suffering bear fruit but late or bear no fruit at all, they have not been in vain or useless.  Some day you will bear abundant sheaves and reap a great reward.”  (J.M., p. 299)

“I am always more sensitive, more active where there is suffering, because there I am welcomed, I am listened to…..”  (M.T., no.64

One nun quoted St. John the Evangelist on suffering:

“Suffering is the life of the soul, and the soul that has understood its value lives the true life.”  (J.M., p.212)

The words of Our Lord leave no more that need be said on the merits of offering our sufferings to Him.  Resolve, today, to offer Him ALL of them, great and small, as continuing proof of our love and as reparation for our sins and sinners of the world.  This is how we can unite ourselves more closely to His Heart, offering Him what HE desires.  Your reward will be Hiscloser unity with your heart!

Sacrifices

As children, Catholics “give up something for Lent”, a time of sacrifice and self-denial for past sins.  As adults, this practice gets lost, especially at other times of the year, thus depriving ourselves of a lifetime of graces and blessings that come with offering sacrifices to Him.

Prayers and loving Him with our whole hearts are important parts in the practice of the Sacred Heart Devotion, but there is much more that can be done to please His Sacred Heart, each and every day.

NOTHING pleases Him more than making little sacrifices, depriving oneself, out of love for Him, of some licit pleasure or good thing, and offering it to Him for His Heart’s intentions.  His goal, always, is to save souls!

He has said, “Nothing indeed is wanting in my heavenly beatitude, which is infinite, but I yearn for souls……I thirst for them and want to save them.” (J.M., p.377)

“There are sacrifices which I desire but do not ask—so as to leave to souls the joy of offering them to me of themselves.”  (M.T. no. 289)

“The more you give me the more I will increase your capacity for giving.”  (M.T. no. 40

“Love me more—oh, much more!—than human beings love one another.”  (M.T. no.134).

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1 Words of Love, Father Bartholomew Gottemoller, Tan Books and Publishers, 1985 1-800-437-5876
2 M.T. – Sister Mary of the Trinity; J.M. – Sister Josefa Manendez; C.B. – Sister Consolota Bertone