Art Notes: The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Priesthood

Authored by Dr. Lionel Gracey in Issue #31.2 of The Sower

Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year for Priests on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy. In the first paragraph of his Proclamation Letter, the Holy Father quoted the saintly Curé d’Ars, the patron saint of parish clergy, who would often say, ‘The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.’

The two art works of the sacred heart of Jesus portrayed in this issue of The Sower are both found at Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England, where the first public shrine to the Sacred Heart in the United Kingdom was established in 1814 with an indult from Pope Pius VII. Bishop Milner, the vicar apostolic who lived at Maryvale at the time, made the request for this shrine in order to help rekindle a true following of Christ in his humanity as well as his divinity and assist in developing a renewed awareness of Christ’s great love for sinners. Bishop Milner regularly gathered his seminarians and newly-ordained priests at the chapel to lead them himself in prayers for peace, for the Pope’s intentions, and for prayers against heresy. Both Bishop Milner and the Curé d’Ars well understood that only by revealing such a loving heart could priests make God’s presence known to their own congregations.

The rest of this online article is available for current subscribers.

Start your subscription today!


This article is from The Sower and may be copied for catechetical purposes only. It may not be reprinted in another published work without the permission of Maryvale Institute. Contact sower@maryvale.ac.uk

Articles from the Most Recent Issue

Editor's Reflections: Kerygmatic Catechesis and the New Directory
By Dr. James Pauley
Free The much-anticipated Directory for Catechesis is finally here! So many of us involved in the work of catechetical renewal have eagerly awaited its publication. This directory is the third of its kind, following 1971 and 1997 directories that each proposed a vision for catechesis intended to prepare Catholics to live in the modern world as well-... Read more
An Invitation to a Faithful, Dynamic Renewal of Catechesis
By Jem Sullivan
Free This article explores c hapters 1-2 of the new Directory for Catechesis. The publication of a Directory for Catechesis by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization could not have arrived at a more providential moment as the universal Church seeks a renewal of Christian faith in local churches struggling through the effects... Read more
Becoming Windows for the Light of the Living God
By Brad Bursa
This article explores chapters 3-4 of the Directory for Catechesis. O ne could liken c hapters t hree (The Catechist) and f our (The Formation of Catechists) of the new Directory for Catechesis to a meditation on windows and how they are made. Identity and Vocation of the Catechist In the early Church, those who followed the Way were often called... Read more

Pages

Watch Tutorial Videos

We've put together several quick and easy tutorial videos to show you how to use this website.

Watch Now