A blessed Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to all of you!!! On this glorious day, we are united with every Monastery of our Order and with the entire Body of Christ, as we celebrate the Tender and Burning Love of our God for us. This Love is eternal and was enfleshed in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, God-made-Man. His entire Life, Passion, and Death is a revelation of Love to us ~ an incomprehensible Love, because it has no boundaries as does our feeble love. He never said, “Enough; I will suffer a life of poverty but not humiliation and rejection” or “I am willing to suffer the Scourging but not the Crucifixion.” His Love knew no limits while He was on earth; and it knows no limits now that He sits at the Right Hand of God the Father in Heaven. And, through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, this Love was revealed in a tangible way through His Sacred Heart, which is an image, an icon, of His Burning Love for us. It is not a Love that seeks retribution or calculates our tiny acts of love and sacrifice into a heavenly spreadsheet. It is a Love that seeks only our love ~ our hearts ~ which were created for that very purpose. We were made for Love, and we were made to love. And at the core of love is sacrifice and selfless generosity. Love is not a feeling, it is a decision we make with our will; and it expresses itself through our thoughts, our words, and our actions.
Many people live their vocations of love out in the world: loving one another as spouses, parents, children, friends. Some people live their vocations of love in religious life. And today we celebrate that particular love in a special way, as we welcome a new Postulant to our community. We ask you to join us in our joy and to hold her ~ and all of our sisters ~ in your prayers. May our Blessed Mother help each one of us to enter more deeply into the Silence and Solitude of the Divine Heart of Her Son, Jesus.