The 12 Promises Jesus made to Saint Margaret Mary regarding Devotion to His Sacred Heart

The 12 Promises Jesus made to Saint Margaret Mary regarding Devotion to His Sacred Heart

By Gregory Huston

On May 8th, 1928 Pope Pius XI issued an encyclical entitled Miserentissimus Redemptor. In this encyclical, the Catholic Church established the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pope Pius XI states in this encyclical that Jesus Christ had “manifested Himself” to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and had “promised her that all those who render this honor to His Sacred Heart would be endowed with an abundance of heavenly graces.”

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was a French Carmelite Roman Catholic nun and mystic who promoted this devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. From the time she was twenty she experienced visions of Christ. On December 27th, 1673 she began a series of revelations over the next year and a half that consisted of several promises that Jesus had made to her. The following are the twelve promises given to Saint Margaret Mary by Jesus.
1. “I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.”
2. “I will establish peace in their families.”
3. “I will comfort them in their trials.”
4. “I will be their secure refuge during life, and, above all, in death.”
5. “I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertakings.”
6. “Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.”
7. “Lukewarm souls will become fervent.”
8. “Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.”
9. “I will bless every place where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.”
10. “I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.”
11. “The names of those who promote this devotion will be written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.”
12. “I promise thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.”

For the past three years I have had a personal devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I spend a majority of my personal time in prayer contemplating the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and what it means to me. Coincidentally, I think I have been blessed more abundantly with more spiritual gifts from God over that time frame than any other time in my life.  I thank God every day for the blessings he has placed upon me.  I encourage everyone to spend time in prayer this week contemplating what the Sacred Heart means to you.  Jesus wants to give us so much more than what we ourselves ask for.  There is an abundance of grace being concealed within Jesus’ Sacred Heart.  It pains him that we don’t ask for more than we do.  There is so much more that he wants to give us.  All we have to do is ask and those graces will be given.   If we knock, the door will be opened. I don’t know about you, but after reading #11, I would love to have my name written on Jesus’ heart never to be blotted out.  Pray to Jesus especially this Friday, June 23rd on this special feast day that the floodgates of his Sacred Heart be opened to us and our loved ones.