Monday, September 04, 2006

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Prayer

How good and sweet it is, Jesus, to dwell in your heart! All my thoughts and affections will I sink in the Heart of Jesus, my Lord. I have found the Heart of my king, my brother, my friend, the Heart of my beloved Jesus. And now that I have found your Heart, which is also mine, dear Jesus, I will pray to you. Grant that my prayer may reach you, may find entrance to your Heart. Draw me to yourself. O Jesus, who is infinitely above all beauty and every charm, wash me clean from my defilement; wipe out even the smallest trace of sin. If you, who is all-pure, will purify me, I will be able to make my way into your Heart and dwell there all my life long. There I will learn to know your will, and find the grace to fulfill it. Amen.

- St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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This prayer is in the work, The Lure of Saints, by John M. Sweeney (Paraclete Press: Brewser, MA) 2005.

I've finished reading this work and have found it stimulating and clarifying, especially in an important section dealing with the Catholic Imagination. I hope to write more about it later.

1 comment:

Deutersbro said...

Rev,
I thought I remembered your blog spot. I am glad to see you are still strengthening your Anglican roots. I fee like I am putting roots down all over the spectrum of Christianity. I think my post-modern reading is starting to catch up with me. It is becoming harder to see the straight answers of my youth. Now I feel that Christ the solid rock is the firm foundation to stand on rather than my imperfect understandings of theology and such. I would like to know more about the catholic imagination.
Hope Anna and the little ones are doing well. Talk to you soon.