Sacred Heart of Jesus

The ancient Egyptians and Greeks believed that the heart was the seat of both life and morality. Aristotle thought the heart controlled reason, thought and emotion while the stoics believed that it was where the soul resided. According to an ancient Egyptian author; “the actions of the arms, the movement of the legs, the motion of every other member is done according to the orders of the heart that has conceived them.”  That is the standard by which the Sacred Heart of Jesus is measured; his life, his good news or gospel, and his Passion. That Sacred Heart is often represented as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross and bleeding.  In the terms that the Ancients viewed that organ, that Sacred Heart; the Sacred Heart of Jesus is his unmitigated love for humanity. It is his compassion for humanity. In that heart every reason, thought, and emotion is guided by love as is his climb up Golgotha for our redemption. It is the source of Christian charity. It loves God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself. It is not tossing a few coins in a bucket to fulfill an obligation. Charity after all means love, and the gold standard of  love is the Sacred Heart.

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