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In a time where evil and darkness are immense, God's grace and mercy are all the more available to sinners. Besides frequent, devout and prayerful reception of the sacraments of confession and the Holy Eucharist, devotion to the "Three Hearts" is a way for people to achieve great holiness.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has existed since the beginning of the Church. But it was invigorated when Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, starting in 1673.
In June 1675, Our Lord told her about how He is treated by His children, saying, "Behold this Heart, which has so loved men that It spared nothing, even going so far as to exhaust and consume Itself, to prove to them Its love."
"And in return," He continued, "I receive from the greater part of men nothing but ingratitude, by the contempt, irreverence, sacrileges and coldness with which they treat Me in this Sacrament of Love."
Our Lord was referring to His treatment in the Holy Eucharist, which, at that time, saw nowhere near the amount of the abuse that it faces today.
He further complained to St. Margaret Mary, "But what is still more painful to Me is that even souls consecrated to Me are acting in this way."
It's at this point where Our Lord requested the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated by Catholics, as an occasion for them to make acts of reparation "by the reception of Holy Communion on that day, to atone for the outrages it has received during the time it has been exposed on the altars."
Another way for Catholics to entreat Our Lord for mercy is to dedicate and enthrone their homes to the Sacred Heart. It's an excellent way for Catholic families to honor the divine mercy of God.
With people who abhor Our Lord's doctrines receiving Him in Holy Communion every day, people must make acts of reparation all the more.
The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary takes place on the Saturday after the Feast of the Sacred Heart. It's important because the Blessed Virgin Mary's Immaculate Heart was highlighted in 1917 at Fatima.
She asked everyone to pray the Rosary every day, to wear the brown scapular and pray for the salvation of sinners. Months before the Bolshevik coup d'état, Our Lady warned that the "errors" of Russia would spread throughout the world.
She promised that her Immaculate Heart would triumph over the evil age the Church is now enduring, and that it's through the Rosary and living faithfully that people would participate in her triumph over evil.
In the final apparition of Fatima, the three children saw St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus. In a letter, Sister Lucia famously revealed, "The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family."
The war against the family is easily perceived in the harassment, subversion and, ultimately, destruction of home life that we're witnessing in contemporary society. No-fault divorce, contraception, the LGBT agenda and feminism top the list of modern domestic scourges. It's therefore providential that St. Joseph has been declared by the Church to be the protector of families.
In this year of St. Joseph, Catholics are encouraged to read Fr. Don Calloway's Consecration to St. Joseph. It's being used by many Catholics, especially men, to recharge their devotional life because it's fostering an understanding that holiness and devotion to the chaste heart of St. Joseph is masculine.
Despite the great darkness threatening to destroy everything the Church has accomplished in the last 2,000 years, God is extending even more mercy and opportunities to fight as His soldiers.
Learn more by watching The Download — Three Hearts.