Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is a fairly recent devotion in the Catholic Church, has greatly increased since the apparitions of the Sacred Heart in the 17th century to Saint Marguerite-Marie, a visitandine nun of the convent of Paray-le-Monial. In these appearances Our Lord revealed the ardor of his love for men. On the icons or statues of the Sacred Heart, this burning fire of love is symbolized by a bright flame at the top of the Heart of Jesus. Thus religious objects consecrated to the Sacred Heart are distinguished by this Heart surmounted by a flame, painted or carved on the breast of the Savior or in the hand as on some icons. On certain representations of the Sacred Heart, a crown of thorns surrounds the Heart of Jesus. It recalls the ingratitude of men suffered so much by this Burning Heart of love.
The message of the Heart of Jesus to Saint Marguerite-Marie is well known by the twelve promises of the Sacred Heart. They are often on the back of pious images. They are a perfect subject for a diptych: on one side the image of the Heart of Jesus and on the other the twelve promises. We have several models of diptychs that repeat these promises or one of the twelve.
Among these promises, one of the best known is this: "I will bless the houses where the image of my Sacred Heart will be exposed and honored."
For this promise a very specific religious object is very suitable which is the door-plate of the Sacred Heart available on our religious shop.
In order to get the benefit of this promise of blessing homes one can goes far beyond acquiring this religious object. One can especially achieve the enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the families and the consecrations of the families to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The tireless apostle of this devotion is undoubtedly Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey. You will find the story of his life on our website clairval.com: Father Mateo's life
To symbolize this enthronement a statue of the Sacred Heart is blessed and placed in a suitable place of the house.
With religious objects dedicated to the Sacred Heart are the medals of the scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. If these religious medals can be considered primarily as medals of the Virgin Mary, with on the back a representation of the Sacred Heart, they are also medals of the Heart of Jesus. Besides, our manufacturer calls them medals of the Sacred Heart.
Among the twelve promises made by the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the last is also very well known and very precious; it promises the grace of eternal salvation to the faithful who will have communicated all the first nine Fridays of the month in a spirit of reparation.