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Why, in June, do we traditionally honor "The Sacred Heart of Jesus"?

"We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ,
for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock."
St. Justin Martyr (d. 165)
Feastday:  June 1st

Traditionally, the Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church actually celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus every year on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. The date of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this year is, therefore, Friday June 12th.

"The heart has always been seen as the 'center' or essence [of] a person ('the heart of the matter,' 'you are my heart,' 'take it to heart,' etc.) and the wellspring of our emotional lives and love ('you break my heart,' 'my heart sings,' etc.)  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Christ Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on His interior life and on His threefold love ...   [As] Pope Pius XII ... [wrote] in his 1956 encyclical, Haurietis Aquas (On Devotion To The Sacred Heart):

54. ...the Heart of the Incarnate Word is deservedly and rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that threefold love with which the divine Redeemer unceasingly loves His eternal Father and all mankind. 

55. It is a symbol of that divine love which He shares with the Father and the Holy Spirit but which He, the Word made flesh, alone manifests through a weak and perishable body, since "in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily." 

56. It is, besides, the symbol of that burning love which, infused into His soul, enriches the human will of Christ and enlightens and governs its acts by the most perfect knowledge derived both from the beatific vision and that which is directly infused. 

57. And finally -- and this in a more natural and direct way -- it is the symbol also of sensible love, since the body of Jesus Christ, formed by the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, possesses full powers of feelings and perception, in fact, more so than any other human body.  

58. Since, therefore, Sacred Scripture and the official teaching of the Catholic faith instruct us that all things find their complete harmony and order in the most holy soul of Jesus Christ, and that He has manifestly directed His threefold love for the securing of our redemption, it unquestionably follows that we can contemplate and honor the Heart of the divine Redeemer as a symbolic image of His love and a witness of our redemption and, at the same time, as a sort of mystical ladder by which we mount to the embrace of "God our Savior." 

59. Hence His words, actions, commands, miracles, and especially those works which manifest more clearly His love for us -- such as the divine institution of the Eucharist, His most bitter sufferings and death, the loving gift of His holy Mother to us, the founding of the Church for us, and finally, the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and upon us -- all these, We say, ought to be looked upon as proofs of His threefold love. "

 (Source for above paragraph, Sacred Heart image and Justin Martyr quotation:  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.)

"In a certain sense, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a cultic form of the prophetic and evangelic gaze of all Christians on him who was pierced (cf. John 19, 37; Zac 12, 10), the gaze of all Christians on the side of Christ, transfixed by a lance, and from which flowed blood and water (cf. John 19, 34), symbols of the 'wondrous sacrament of the Church' (St. Augustine) ... The Gospel of St. John also recounts the showing of the Lord's hands and His side to the disciples (cf. John 20,20), and His invitation to Thomas to put his hand into his side (cf. John 20, 27) [-- another event which] has had a notable influence on the origin and development of the Church's devotion to the Sacred Heart... 

St. Augustine writes: 'Access is possible: Christ is the door. It was opened for you when his side was opened by the lance. Remember what flowed out from his side: thus, choose where you want to enter Christ. From the side of Christ as he hung dying upon the Cross there flowed out blood and water, when it was pierced by a lance. Your purification is in that water, your redemption is in that blood'."

For an extremely helpful, wide-ranging, and very readable summation of the history of and rationale behind this devotion we heartily recommend's "Month of the Sacred Heart" -- our source for the paragraph quoted immediately above.  This webpage also gives links to many source documents, other articles about, and specific prayers and traditions connected with, the devotion.

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