It’s First Friday and that means it’s time for the First Friday Link-Up!
But it’s Christmas and it’s summer. It’s deliciously hot and Australia is on track to utterly destroy England in the cricket. This means I’m a little bit (okay, a lot) distracted!
I’m just trying to take things slow, and let the peace of Christ seep back into my soul. So here’s a lovely paragraph I was reading last night on the Sacred Heart.
From The Sacred Heart: An Analysis of Human and Divine Affectivity by Dietrich von Hildebrand:
Cor Jesus, in quo habitat omnis plentitudo divinitas
“Heart of Jesus, wherein abides the fullness of the Godhead”
In saying Cor Jesu, we are touching on the deepest and noblest mark of human nature: to have a heart capable of love, a heart which can know anxiety and sorrow, which can be afflicted and moved, is the most specific characteristic of the human person. The heart is the most tender, the most inner, the most secret center of man, and it is in the heart of Jesus that the plenitude of Divinity dwells.
And what an extraordinary emphasis on the infinite love of Christ in the Sacred Heart, on this mystery which is the deepest source of our joy! That Christ loves us is the great secret, the most intimate secret of every soul. It is the most inconceivable reality; it is a reality which would completely change the life of ever man if he could but realize it fully.
This realization requires not merely a theoretical knowledge of this mystery as a revealed truth, but an awareness of this love similar to one’s awareness of the love of one’s beloved. And it also implies an awareness of the incomparable character, the unique character of this divine love, its absolutely new and mysterious quality, its ineffable holiness, such as shines forth in the Gospel and the Liturgy, and is mirrored in the lives of the saints.
This great secret — God’s infinite love for us in Christ — which is the source of our joy, our consolation, our hope in statu viae and our everlasting joy in eternity, shines forth in a specific way in the Sacred Heart:
Cor Jesu, fornax ardens caritatis
“Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity”
— Dietrich von Hildebrand, Introduction to The Sacred Heart: Human and Divine Affectivity, 1965, p. 11