Thursday, June 30, 2011

Feast of the Sacred Heart in the Domestic Church

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

Plans are underway here at Spes Unica for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart this Friday.

My husband and I have been reading a very helpful book on Catholic parenting that promotes experience as the best way to educate children from birth to age 6 (it's an older edition of this book), and the first experience they know is love. How important it is then to mark this day commemorating God's great love!

If you already have an image of the Sacred Heart enthroned in your home, today is an ideal day to renew your family's consecration. This day should be a time for family prayer and Mass attendance, if possible. Consider having a simple celebration for family and friends (I'll be making heart cookies and some iced red tea).

Some further reading:
*Joseph Ratzinger's memories of returning home on the feast of the Sacred Heart in his autobiography Milestones
*The Trapp family's devotions to the Sacred Heart, including a family feast day conclave
*Cardinal Burke's reflections on the scriptural basis for devotion to the Sacred Heart
*The history of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Our Lady's University
*The Sacred Heart Apostolate

Celebration hints
*Margaret Mary's tips for rolled cookies
*Making a heart shaped cake with no heart pan

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