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"I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored." This is one of the promises Jesus made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. When Jesus makes a promise, He always keeps it. We never have to doubt.
Years ago, I heard a story that reminded me of this promise. One of the witnesses, who was already very old but remembered it well because it had an impact on her, told it to me. She lived in a convent of Franciscan Missionaries in London during World War II. There were a lot of bombings during the war. When the siren went off, the sisters and everyone in the house would rush to safety in the basement. This could happen up to three times a day. On one occasion, the situation was very tense because the planes flew very low and the bombs fell progressively closer to them. Everyone began to pray the Rosary. Not long after, a bomb fell in the very basement where all of them were. The bomb reached the ground, but instead of exploding, it rolled and stopped at the foot of a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that the sisters had brought down into the basement to protect it from the bombings. In the end He was the one who protected them.
"Your side was pierced so that an entrance might be opened there for us; Your Heart was wounded so that, free from all worldly tribulations, we might live in that Vine; but Your Heart was also wounded in order that, through the visible wound, we might see the invisible wound of love. For one who ardently loves is wounded by love" (St. Bonaventure).
-Sr. Bernadette, S.H.M.
"May the tender lovethat you feel for the Mother of Godurge you to radiate the Christian virtuesin the world around you."
- St. John Paul II to the Home of the Mother YouthAugust 28, 1985