Devotion to the Sacred Heart
In her writings, the servant of God, Blessed Elisabetta Renzi gave several accounts of the devotion to the Sacred Heart, truly dominant in the nineteenth century. In one of these writings she tells us : ” Our heart is satisfied only in the enjoyment of God and his Sacred Heart.”
Elisabetta wanted to obtain before she died a great love for God, and especially for the heart of His Divine Son and the heart of Mary. She was accustomed to take refuge in the Sacred Heart of Jesus in moments of difficult and tension. Elisabetta gave particular attention to venerating images of the Sacred Heart; before them she would always pause reverently, looked at them a little, and when went away heartened, ending often with binding resolutions: “Not my will, but yours be done.”
For the Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, the devotion to the Sacred Heart affirms the primacy of the love of God and neighbor in our lives. Mother Elisabetta challenged her sisters, “To imitate Jesus in His life of sacrifice, it would be enough to offer continuously to His loving heart the discomforts, annoyances, and troubles that are inherent in my weak nature and present condition. Let us think immediately that this is our opportunity, the time in which we can prove our love to Him who has loved us even too much.”
The sisters’ readiness to serve their neighbor stems from their love for God, which is only enriched through their meditation on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “With the wounded and merciful heart of Christ being the wellspring of life and holiness in the Church, we should be solicitous to draw water with joy from the fount of the Savior in order to learn to live in true charity.”
(Constitutions of the Congregation)
Community Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Our hearts cannot be satisfied by the good things of this earth, or even by the delights of paradise, but only by the enjoyment God and of His Sacred Heart. (Blessed Elisabetta Renzi)
Heart of Jesus, ever to be adored, we are yours, yours because we are redeemed by your blood and called to your Church in baptism; yours because we are called to the special vocation of following you in the observance of the evangelical counsels; yours because in virtue to our religious profession, we have been consecrated by God the Father.
We renew today our gift to you as individuals, as communities, as a congregation.
Accept, Lord Jesus, the complete dedication to you of ourselves, of our labors, of whatever good is done in this house by members of this community.
May this community belong wholly to you in thoughts, in its decisions, in its works.
May there grow in us every day a greater love and desire for communion with God, expressed in contemplation and prayer.
May we all become of one heart and soul in love.
May zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls make us eager in our work, generous in our dedication, pure in our intentions, upright in our actions.
May our observance of the Rule, in our spirit of faith, make us witnesses of the Gospel.
May faithfulness to our sacred commitments make us worthy of the blessing promised to good and faithful servants. Amen.
With the wounded and merciful heart of Christ being the wellspring of life and holiness in the Church, we should be solicitous to draw water with joy from the fount of the Savior in order to learn to live in true charity.
Constitutions of the Congregation