The Sacred Heart Collection offers wisdom and insight from trusted nineteenth-century Catholic clergy on the widely practiced devotion to the Sacred Heart. Learn about the dogmatic aspects of the devotion from Henry Edward Manning, archbishop of Westminster. Mark each day of June—the month of the Sacred Heart—with prayers from Jesuit priest Alexis Lefebvre. Follow the story of the devotion to the Sacred Heart with a historical account by Emile Bougaud, bishop of Laval.
You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of this popular devotion. Initiated in the late-seventeenth century through a series of apparitions to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, the devotion gained traction in the nineteenth century and has been celebrated as a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church since 1856. It is focused on Christ’s love for humanity, and his desire for us to return his love.
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Henry Edward Manning explains various aspects of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the preface he states, “The devotion of the Sacred Heart has two aspects: the one as the center of all dogma; the other as the source of the deepest devotion.” Manning addresses the dogmatic side of the devotion, believing that “when divine truth is fully . . . apprehended it generates devotion.”
Henry Edward Manning (1808–1892) graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1827. In 1832, he became a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and was ordained in the Anglican Church. He was appointed archdeacon of Chichester in 1841. Manning left the Anglican Church in 1850, after the Gorham judgment, and entered the Roman Catholic Church in 1851. By 1862, he was archbishop of Westminster, head of the Catholic Church in England. He was appointed as a cardinal in 1875. He was an influential voice in the modern Catholic Church, and a strong advocate for social justice. His works include The Temporal Mission of the Holy Ghost, The True Story of the Vatican Council, and The Eternal Priesthood.
After a pilgrimage to Paray-le-Monail, Jesuit priest Alexis Lefebvre dedicated this devotional to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It contains three novenas and a triduum for all the days of June, the month of the Sacred Heart.
Alexis Lefebvre was a French-speaking Jesuit priest in the late-nineteenth century. Among his books translated into English are Consolations and Month of the Sacred Heart.
Bishop Emile Bougaud recounts the life of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, who received visitations from Jesus in the late-seventeenth century—out of which grew the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bougaud outlines the state of the Church in France at the time of Margaret Mary’s birth, her childhood and youth, her vocation, and entrance into the community at Paray. He discusses the apparitions and subsequent beginnings of public adoration of the Sacred Heart. Bougaud describes the beginning of the mission to spread the message, Margaret Mary’s death, and the continued spread of the devotion into the twentieth century.
Emile Bougaud (1823–1888) was an influential French Catholic priest, writer, and preacher. He was ordained in 1846, and was professor of church history at the Seminary of Dijon from 1846–1851. From 1851 to 1861 Bougaud was chaplain of the Convent of the Visitation in Dijon, ending when he became vicar-general to the bishop of Orléans. He was appointed bishop of Laval in 1886. He wrote several works in French, and many of his sermons were also published.