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For the Feast of the Sacred Heart: June 12

Sacred Heart by Sophie Maille, RSCJ
Cosmic Christ by Annett Hanrahan, RSCJ
Love Ripples by Mary Stewart, RSCJ

Litany of the Heart

By Wendy Wright, Ph.D.

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

So loving
So humble
So gentle
So compassionate
So faithful
So wise
So patient
So steadfast
So tender
So spacious

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

God’s joy
God’s shalom
Harp of the Trinity
Wingbeat of the Spirit
Breath of God
Five-petaled rose

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Womb of justice
Birthplace of peace
Our dearest hope
Longing of our lives

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Freely flowing fountain
Spring of grace
Freshet of forgiveness
Merciful river
Mystical dew

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Warmth of our hearts
Transforming fire
Cosmic furnace
Enflamer of hearts

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Heart of evolution
Beginning and ending
Center of all

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Garden of virtues
Mystical dew
Table and food

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Our refuge
Our shelter
Our comfort
Our rest
Our welcoming breast

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Wounded by love
Pierced by our cruelty
Broken by our hardness
Mystic winepress
Poured out as gift

Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer!

Have mercy, gracious heart,
Give us gratefulness
Teach us tenderness
Let us learn to love.

Hear our prayer!

The Litany of the Heart was used by permission of the author, Wendy Wright, Ph.D. It appears in her book Sacred Heart: Gateway to God, which featureson the cover the same image by Brother Michael O'Neill McGrath used for our First Friday Reflection this month. Work by Dr. Wright and Brother McGrath is available on the Salesians' Embraced By God website.