Sacred Head of Jesus
- 12 Promises of The Sacred Head
given to Teresa Helena Higginson of England, by Our Lord Jesus Christ, to be specially adored as The Seat of Divine Wisdom. (1880 -1883).
- The Devotion to the Sacred Head as the Seat of Divine Wisdom
- Teresa Helena Higginson
The following pages relate the history of a simple English-woman – a humble teacher in our elementary schools who, not long ago, passed unnoticed and unknown among the crowds of our busy streets and along our lonely country lanes. It is but twenty years since she was laid to rest in the little village churchyard at Neston. Her sisters and one friend only were present at the funeral: she shared her mother’s grave: her name was not even added to the tombstone. And yet today this name is on many lips, and a memorial bearing numerous and influential signatures has been addressed to the Archbishop of Liverpool, praying him to institute a preliminary canonical enquiry into her virtues, with a view to her ultimate exaltation to the altars of the Church. The evidence must be duly weighed and sifted, and until the Church has spoken none may venture to pass judgment; but some record, however inadequate, of her life will doubtless be acceptable to those who are interested in her cause. The account here given has been taken entirely from her own writings, from the statements of her confessors, and the lips of those who knew her, many of whom are still alive.
- Teresa Helena Higginson - Servant of God
Extract from the booklet Teresa Helena Higginson, which is available as a download on this site.
- Francis Phillips reviews Teresa Helena Higginson
Teresa Higginson, 1844-1905, was privileged to receive many visions, favours and private revelations from Our Lord, culminating in his request that his Sacred Head be universally worshipped as the seat of Divine Wisdom.
Passion of Christ
- One Man - Lenten Reflections
One Man is a series of Lenten reflections which will attempt to contrast the difference between the "beautiful" crucifixes with which we are familiar and the real event as it happened. The title One Man comes from a homily given by the Rev. Patrick Albert, the pastor of the Roman Catholic Community of Forest City, during Lent 2000. Fr. Albert explained in that sermon that Christ, one individual Man, had taken on His shoulders the sins of the world and had gone "all the way" as Father put it. We will attempt to prayerfully comprehend what going "all that way" meant to this One Man [Jesus].
Jesus in Scripture
- The New Testament Parables
Parable is the name given to similitudes drawn from nature
or from human experience, especially those containing a short narrative, that
Christ used to convey the spiritual meaning of the mysteries He came to teach
There is no sharp line to distinguish parables from the minor
metaphors and similes that are a feature of Christs pedagogy. Scholars commonly
agree that there are no parables in the Gospel of St. John. The fourth Gospel
does, however, contain sayings that Jesus used about Himself which resemble
parables, e.g., He called Himself the Good Shepherd. But parables in the strict
sense are found only in the Synoptic Gospels.
Understandably there is divergence among authorities regarding
the classification of the parables. Our grouping is based on the general idea
of the Kingdom of God. Moreover, we subdivide this large classification into
three categories, namely parables dealing with the Kingdom of God as such; those
treating of membership in the Kingdom and those concerned with the conduct or
responsibilities of persons who belong to Gods Kingdom, and finally those parables
revealing the Head of the Kingdom and His relationship to its members.
I. Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven and its Gradual Development, its Nature and Activity
- The Sower (Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23; Mark 4:3-9, 13-21; Luke 8:5-8, 11-15).
- The Seed Cast into the Ground (Mark 4:26-29).
- The Tares or Cockle (Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43).
- The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31+; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18+).
- The Leaven (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20+).
- The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44).
- The Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45+).
- The Fishing Net (Matthew 13:47-50).
- The Great Harvest and the Few Laborers (Matthew 9:37+; Luke 10:2).
- The Bridegroom and the Wedding Guests (Matthew 9:14+; Mark 2:18-20; Luke 5:33-35).
- The Old Garment and the Old Wine Bottles (Matthew 9:16+; Mark 2:21+; Luke 5:36-38).
- Old and New Wine (Luke 5:39).
- The Wayward Children (Matthew 11:16-19; Luke 7:31-35).
- Real Defilement (Matthew 5:10+; 15:20; Mark 7:14-23).
- Uprooted Plants and Blind Leaders of the Blind (Matthew 15:13+; Luke 6:39).
- The Children and the Dogs (Matthew 15:26+; Mark 7:27+).
- The Kingdom of Christ and the Kingdom of Satan (Matthew 12; Mark 3; Luke 11).
- The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16).
- The Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32).
- The Wicked Husbandman (Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19).
- The Marriage of the Kings Son (Matthew 22:1-14).
- The Great Supper (Luke 14:16-24).
- The Signs of the End (Matthew 24:32+; Mark 13:28+; Luke 21:29-31).
- The Body and the Eagles (Matthew 24:28; Luke 17:37).
II. Parables Concerning the Members of the Kingdom of God Individually and their Responsibilities
- The Barren Fig-Tree (Luke 13:6-9).
- The Good Tree and the Bad (Matthew 7:16-20; 12:33-35; Luke 6:43-45).
- The Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9-14).
- The Last Place at the Feast (Luke 14:7-11).
- The Poor Guests (Luke 14:12-14).
- The Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21).
- The Vigilant Servants (Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:35-38).
- The Thief in the Night (Matthew 24:43+; Luke 12:39+).
- The Faithful Steward (Matthew 24:45-51; Luke 12:41-48).
- The Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).
- The Closed Doors (Luke 13:25-30).
- The Five Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
- The Pounds (Luke 19:11-27).
- The Unprofitable Servants (Luke 17:7-10).
- The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37).
- The Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-9).
- The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31).
- Serving Two Masters (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13).
- The Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:23-35).
- The Mote and the Beam (Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 6:41+).
- Pearls before Swine (Matthew 7:6).
- The Son Asks His Father for Bread (Matthew 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13).
- The Friend Coming at Midnight(Luke 11:5-8).
- The Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8).
- The Two Debtors (Luke 7:41-43).
- The Salt of the Earth (Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34+).
- The Lamp on the Lampstand, and the City on the Mountain (Matthew 5:14-16; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; 11:33).
- The Builder, the King Going to War (Luke 14:28-33).
- The Disciples, Servants and the Household (Matthew 10:24+; Luke 6:40; John 13:16; 15:20).
- The Prudent Householder (Matthew 13:52).
- The House Built on a Rock and the House Built on Sand (Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49).
III. Parables on the Head of the Kingdom and His Relation to His Members
- The Light of the World (John 3:19-21; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35+, 46).
- The Grain of Wheat (John 12:24+).
- The Vine (John 15:1-8).
- The Kings Son Free from Tribute (Matthew 17:23-26).
- The Physician (Matthew 9:12+; Mark 7:12; Luke 5:31+).
- The Good Shepherd (John 10:1-16).
- The Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:3-7).
- The Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10).
- The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
Note: the above list of parables is all but exhaustive.
It includes what some writers consider parables in the Gospel of St. John. It
also includes short parabolic statements that follow the pattern of full-length
parables, and are to be interpreted in the same way.
Feast of Christ the King
- (Quas Primas)
Encyclical on the Feast of Christ the King (New Advent)
by Pope Pius XI, December 11, 1925.
- Christ the King (Brookline Carmel Bulletin)
That Jesus Christ is a King is incontestable (to those who believe in Sacred Scripture). The entire second Psalm speaks of the universal reign of the Messiah. Among other things, it states: Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession. You shall rule them with an iron rod; you shall shatter them like an earthen dish. And in 1 Timothy 6, 16, Apoc. 17, 14 and 19, 16 He is called explicitly: the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
- Quas Primas - On the Feast of Christ the King (Vatican)
by Pope Pius XI, December 11, 1925.
- Prayer and Devotion (Daily Catholic)
Consecration and Prayers to Christ the King.
- Feast of Christ the King (Catholic Tradition)
- Solemnity of Christ the King (Catholic Culture)
The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.
- The Sacred Heart & the Eucharist - John A. Hardon, S.J.
"The importance of associating the Holy Eucharist with devotion to the Sacred Heart can scarcely be overemphasized."
- Sacred Heart Apostolate of Syracuse, New York
"The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Apostolate was founded in 1907 by
Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC. It was founded primarily for the
benefit of families, but is applicable to any group or institution that
desires to enter into an intimate relationship with Jesus through a way
of life that honors His most Sacred Heart." The Sacred Heart Apostolate
conducts missions nationwide."
- Devotion to the Sacred Heart Today - John A. Hardon, S.J.
- The Sacred Heart of Jesus / The Immaculate Heart of Mary (EWTN)
- Act of Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (EWTN)
- Catholic Encyclopedia: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(Caritate Christi Compulsi) Encyclical on the Sacred Heart (New Advent)
by Pope Pius XI, Promulgated on May 3, 1932.
Search EWTN Library for "Sacred Heart" - lots of articles
- Devotion to the Holy Eucharist Advances Devotion to Jesus' Person
- Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
- The Catholic Encyclopedia: The Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Devotions To The Sacred Heart At Canonization -
Pope John Paul II (Wanderer)
"True devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can strengthen Christian
communities against the onslaughts of unbelief, just as it did in
17th-century France. It can also counter the spreading of forms of
meditation that 'only mask a tragic spiritual emptiness,' said Pope John
Paul II at the canonization of St. Claude La Colombiere, S.J."
The Holy Face (Shroud of Turin)
- The Holy Face
of Jesus - Fr. Russel Schultz, S.T.D. (Holy Face Association)
"That is the purpose of this devotion: to be able to look the suffering
Lord in the eye and gain an insight into the extent of His love for
us. He has told us he came not for the holy and the saved, but for sinners.
So, we should turn to Him with confidence and joy in the realization
that He is our only true friend. You can always face someone that loves
you, for you know that you will find forgiveness and support in their
eyes. The Holy Face of Jesus is the beacon of salvation: the lighthouse
of redemption that shines across the stormy seas of life to guide us
to the safety of the harbor of Eternal life. Look Him in the eye. You
have nothing to fear. He will not look at your sins. He will look for
the love in your heart. And, if you have truly studied that Face, so
battered and scarred, then He will find in your heart the love that
He is seeking from you."
- The Holy Face of Jesus
- Official Website of the Shroud of Turin
(Note: sindone = the Holy Shroud)
- Welcome To Man Of The Shroud - (Vancouver Shroud Association)
"This website introduces our exhibit on the history, significance and scientific aspects of the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus. The exhibit, titled 'The Man of the Shroud', has been organized by a group of clergy and laity in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Please note: Upon request, a first class relic of the Holy Grail made in Valencia, Spain, may accompany the exhibition)."
- The Shroud of Turin - (Barrie M. Schwortz)
"The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before."
The drawing of Jesus, bound for sentencing before Pilate, is
is used with the permission of the estate of Margaret Ahern.
Copyright © 1999 by Margaret Ahern. All Rights Reserved.
The image of the Divine Mercy by Robert Skemp ©1982
Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge MA 01263
All rights reserved. Published with permission.