Monday, June 14, 2010

Jesuit On The Sacred Heart Of Jesus And Ascetical Mystics

Jesuit devotion to the Sacred Heart, however, did not actually begin with St. Margaret Mary. In fact, the devotion had already achieved a quasi-public status among the faithful by the middle of the 16th Century, complete with specially formulated prayers and a battery of pious practices.  
Jesuit ascetical writers and mystics, such as Fr. Alvarez de Paz, St. Francis Borgia, St. Peter Canisius, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, and St. Alphonsus Rodriguez were practicing and promoting this form of the devotion decades before Christ prescribed to St. Margaret Mary its official form (i.e., celebrating the Solemnity on the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi, observing the monthly First Friday devotion, hoping in the twelve promises, etc.).  
This is hardly surprising.  It’s hard to see how a devotion to the divine-human love of Christ could not appeal to an order dedicated to the “salvation of souls” and accustomed to contemplating the Incarnation after the method of the Spiritual Exercises.
Link (here) to Jesuit Scholastic Aaron Pidel's full post at Whosoeverdesires


Anonymous said...

Perhaps your readers might write the Archbishop of NY to reconsider his plans for Saturday. He is scheduled to rededicate an altar at a NYC Jesuit parish which takes pride in and supports a lifestyle based on those homosexual inclinations. Here is the pastors column:
And here's the announcement:
(I believe you have reported on this parish before.)

Rob Carter said...

That's a much better image of the Sacred Heart.

TonyD said...

It is only my unequivocal belief that symbols can be transcendent that keeps me from commenting on the sacred heart imagery.