Thursday, August 29, 2013

Papal Docs

The popes have written a lot about the Sacred Heart, and have always been huge fans of promoting the devotion. Take a look at what some of our Holy Fathers had to say!

Annum Sacrum Pope Leo XIII consecrates the entire human race to the Sacred Heart, 1899
There is in the Sacred Heart a symbol and a sensible image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love one another, therefore is it fit and proper that we should consecrate ourselves to His most Sacred Heart - an act which is nothing else than an offering and a binding of oneself to Jesus Christ...
Miserentissimus Redemptor Pope Pius XI's encyclical on Reparation to the Sacred Heart, 1928
Is not a summary of all our religion and, moreover, a guide to a more perfect life contained in this one devotion? Indeed, it more easily leads our minds to know Christ the Lord intimately and more effectively turns our hearts to love Him more ardently and to imitate Him more perfectly.
Caritate Christi Compulsi Pope Pius XI's encyclical on the Depression and the Sacred Heart, 1932
Hasten to the foot of the altar to adore the Redeemer of the world, under the veils of the Sacrament... let them pour out to that Merciful Heart that has known all the griefs of the human heart, the fullness of their sorrow, the steadfastness of their faith, the trust of their hope, the ardor of their charity.
Haurietis Aquas Pope Pius XII's encyclical on the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, 1956
The Heart of Jesus is the heart of a divine Person, the Word Incarnate, and by it is represented and, as it were, placed before our gaze all the love with which He has embraced and even now embraces us. Consequently, the honor to be paid to the Sacred Heart is such as to raise it to the rank - so far as external practice is concerned - of the highest expression of Christian piety.


  1. Pope Paul VI's "Investigabiles Divitias Christi" is also a nice read.

    1. It certainly is! I've been trying to find an English translation but I haven't had any luck so far. :(