THE NINE FIRST FRIDAYS
THE TWELFTH PROMISE OF THE SACRED HEART TO ST. MARGARET MARY
“I promise thee, in the excess of the mercy of My Heart, that Its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Communion on the First Friday of every Month, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance, and that they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments, and that My Heart shall be their secure refuge at that last hour.”
“A French writer in Le Règne du Cœur de Jésus comments as follows on the promises in general and on the twelfth promise in particular: ‘Our Lord did not make these promises except in favor of those who have a serious and constant devotion to His divine Heart. The fulfilment goes on a par with the devotion and will be more certain and abundant in proportion as the conditions laid down by Our Lord are more perfectly accomplished. By these marvelous promises the Heart of Jesus intends solely to induce us to return to Him love for love, in order that, fortified by this love, we may practise in their sublime perfection all the Christian virtues, even those which are the most difficult.’
Referring specially to the twelfth promise, the pious author writes: ‘Let us begin by saying that, extraordinary as this promise appears, it really contains nothing new. A similar one is attached to the scapular of Mount Carmel. Let us also add that this promise is certain as regards its origin and its effects. It was certainly made to Blessed Margaret Mary ... and it is certainly accomplished in favor of those who fulfil the conditions.
‘It is, however, necessary to understand it in its true sense and to guard against all false interpretation. Our Lord does not say that those who accomplished the conditions demanded are dispensed from an attentive vigilance to avoid all sin, or from a courageous struggle to vanquish temptations and to fulfil all the commandments, or from assiduously employing all the means which belong to a true Christian life — especially prayer and penance. It gives us this assurance only, viz., that those who perform these nine communions will obtain the graces necessary for the exact observance of the commandments and the evangelical counsels, for carrying the cross all the days of their life, and for persevering unto death in the narrow way which leads to heaven.’ ”
— from Fr. Lasance's “The Prisoner of Love” (1918).
THE TWELVE PROMISES OF THE SACRED HEART
ACT OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART
Adorable Heart of Jesus, consumed with love for men and thirsting for their salvation, Heart so loving yet so little loved, deign to accept this act of reparation that we eagerly offer to make amends to Thee for the outrages, the irreverences and profanations which Thou dost receive in the adorable sacrament of the altar. Pardon, O most Sacred Heart, the forgetfulness and ingratitude of men, the abandonment and indifference with which they repay Thy immense love! Forgive us all, forgive all poor sinners! Remember not our innumerable faults, and from the open wound of Thy Sacred Side let floods of grace and mercy descend upon us. Guard and protect us, hide us in this divine wound till that happy moment comes, when in our heavenly country we repeat with the angels throughout eternity: “Glory, love, gratitude, and unceasing praise be to the most loving Heart of our Saviour!”