Some pictures spark my imagination; this is one of them. I can imagine a family and see them seated around a fire in a fireplace and having tea; I can imagine the library in this home and the children with their governess. It just lends itself to my imagination. Sometimes I can also imagine that I am meeting Jesus in some part of this picture.
Enough of imagining for today as I want to share with you the Act of Consecration of the Society of the Sacred Heart to the Immaculate Heart of Mary which we say on the First Saturday of every month. It is a beautiful prayer and I fear that we have lost the custom in many of our small communities and so I am delighted to share this with you:
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, we come today with confidence and love to consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart.
You are the Mother of Fair Love. In you is all hope of life and virtue.
Grant us this day the desire of our hearts by giving us
a love strong as death, which will separate us from all that is not God;
a love so generous in its conformity to the good pleasure of God, that it may transform us and give us new life;
a love so ardent that it may enkindle the souls of those confided to our care;
a love so insatiable that all work and suffering may be as fuel to feed its flame until our last breath.
Mother of Holy Hope set your Divine Son as a seal upon our hearts and upon our arms, that we may, after your example, live and act by Him and for Him alone.
Intercede for our Holy Mother the Church in all her needs.
Save all who put their trust in you.
Bless our Society so devoted to you and to your Son.
Be the stay and support of our Central Team, and grant that we who are united with you in love on earth may bless you and rejoice in you for all eternity. Amen.