The devotion to the Sacred Heart (also known as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, (Sacratissimum Cor Iesu in Latin) is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Catholic devotions, wherein the heart of Jesus is viewed as a symbol of “God’s boundless and passionate love for mankind”.
- The statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus depicts the Saviour in his distinctive pose with his hand pointing to his open chest.
- The holiday dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the so-called movable feasts; it falls sixty-eight days after Easter.
What Does the Sacred Heart Symbolize?
People generally are visual beings. We like to see things so as to understand better. Jesus knows this about us – that is why in addition to using parables to give us messages, He uses images to convey His messages.
Seeing an image of the Heart of Jesus with thorns and the cross and flames certainly grabs our attention and speaks to us. He is saying, look at My Heart and see what I am feeling.
The thorns around His heart are a representation of our sins and how our sinning pierces His heart. The flames and the cross serve as a reminder of the suffering He endured for our salvation and of His burning love for us. The dripping blood represents the blood Jesus shed for our salvation.
That’s a pretty powerful message!