Friday, June 17, 2011

Refuge In His Sacred Heart


 “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death. . . . Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”
 Songs 8:6

Several years ago during my annual silent retreat, a powerful storm raged for most of the week I was there. The retreat house is on the beach so there was a bird's eye view of the sea from the upstairs room that led out onto the upper deck of the house.
One afternoon during this storm, I stood watching the storm and the sea from this room~the only sounds being of the crashing waves and the howling winds. As I stood there, I felt very safe inside the house. I prayed for the safety of anyone who may have been caught out on the sea that day. Then my thoughts turned to Our Lord's Sacred Heart.
The house was a refuge for me from the storm outside. Jesus' Sacred Heart is a refuge from the storms that arise in my life. Whenever I feel vulnerable to the storms in my life, especially the spiritual ones, I pray for Jesus to draw me into the safe refuge of His Sacred Heart. In that very brief prayer, I feel a peace and safety. The storms in my life may continue, but I am protected.
That image of His heart as a refuge is nothing new; the saints attest to to it in their writings. For me, though, that image took on real meaning for me during that week in that storm; it was one of the many gifts with which Our Lord graced me that week.
Jesus Himself wants us to take refuge in His Heart. At the Crucifixion, His Heart was pierced with a lance and was emptied of every last drop of blood and water~the flood of His mercy. After the Resurrection He retained His wounds, including the one in His side. Through this Sacred Wound we can gain entrance to His Sacred Heart and find the peace and protection we so desperately need.

My Lord Jesus, draw me deeply into the refuge of Your most Sacred Heart.

4 comments:

Anne said...

It seems strange and probably wrong, but I am grateful to the soldier who pierced our Lord's side after his death on the cross, for through his action, we all have greater access to His Most Sacred Heart.

mary333 said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us, Karin. I always take refuge in his precious heart, too. In all honesty, I consider this my true address, as funny as it may sound.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you Lord for always being there for us; just a prayer away.

God bless.

Karinann said...

Anne, I don't see your feelings about the soldier as wrong. Much good came from His violent act and yes it did give us greater access to His heart.

Mary- "your true address"; I love that!

Victor- I join you in that gratitude prayer-just a prayer away'He is closer to us than we are to ourselves.
Thanks for your comments everyone.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.