Every pulsation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, from the first moment of the Incarnation to Its last throb on the Cross, was for the purest love of mankind. True devotion to the Sacred Heart demands that we love Him in return, for love demands a return of love.
If you truly love the Heart of Jesus, you will take delight in going often to the house of God, where the perpetual light ever glows before the tabernacle. … If you love the Heart of Jesus, you will often and devoutly approach the Holy Table. …
True devotion to the Sacred Heart demands, further, reparation and atonement. If you truly love the Heart of Jesus, you will grieve that this Divine Heart is so little loved, so often forgotten, grieved and offended, and you will grieve in particular at the infidelity, the ingratitude and the outrages that are committed against this loving Heart in the most Blessed Sacrament. …
Our Lord frequently complained to St. Margaret Mary of the indignities and irreverences offered to His Heart when exposed upon the altars. ‘I have a burning thirst,’ He said, ‘to be honored by men in the Blessed Sacrament, and I find scarcely anyone who strives according to My desire to allay this thirst by making Me some return.’ Would to God it were only heretics and infidels who wound the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! But alas, it is Catholics who do not love our Savior–His special, privileged friends of the sanctuary, chosen spouses, who offer Him a divided heart; and this ingratitude of His friends gives more pain to His Divine Heart than the insults of His enemies.
Catholics believe and know that in their midst is their God, their Redeemer, their Judge, their All; but do they love Jesus? Do they ever remember the Tabernacle? … Alas, far from it! Thine altars, O loving Jesus, are lonely and Thy churches deserted. The canticles of the angels of the tabernacle alone ascend before Thy throne. … Yet it was not for angels but for men that Jesus lived and died; it is for men alone that Jesus, in His mercy and love, remains day and night on our altars. …
[O]ur Savior expressly declare[d] that it is by the reception of Holy Communion that He desires to see His Sacred Heart honored. … True, we are not bound to [receive Holy Communion on the Feast of the Sacred heart or on the First Friday of the month] under pain of sin, but it is likewise true that the Communion of Reparation, when made on these days, is the most pleasing, the most acceptable and therefore the most sublime practice of devotion to the Sacred Heart, and whosoever receives Holy Communion thus may rest assured that he gives great pleasure to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
— Louis Verheylesoon (?), Devotion to the Sacred Heart (Charlotte, NC: TAN Books, [1949/1978] 2012), pp. 19-24
Re-reading portions of this precious little book about the Sacred Heart, it dawned on me: The new buzzword “mercy” appears on nearly every page, roughly speaking. Mercy (bzzt!) is not a “new” call for the Church. It is and always has been her very charter, and mercy (bzzt!) has always been wrapped up with Eucharistic piety.
Hence, the only basis for agreeing with certain progressive prelates piloting things these days that Catholics have forgotten mercy (bzzt!), is if we first agree that they only did so because Eucharist piety has been trampled underfoot. Want to see a “more merciful” Church? Foster a more Eucharistic–and thus more liturgically profound–Church.
Consider it a twofer: liturgical reverence and consistency will make Jesus that much more conspicuous, and thus that much more “attractive” (bzzzzt!) to Catholics, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, which in turn will make the Church that much more “attractive” (bzzzzzzzzt!) to those outside her communion.