The Canticle of the Creatures is a hymn of praise written by Saint Francis of Assisi.
Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you (James 4:10).
I’d like to share a simple and important prayer: the Litany of Humility.
On June 16, 1675 Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque (now a saint) and asked for the creation of a new feast.
He requested for the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost.
In 1856, Pope Pius IX extended the feast to the Universal Church. This year, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on June 28th.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart is very popular and one you may already know and/or practice. If not, I recommend learning about it.
Rather than explain the devotion, I’ll share a recent experience that connects to the Sacred Heart.
Today, May 31st, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and says she’s been chosen to bear the Son of God. He also says that her relative Elizabeth, who was considered barren, is in the sixth month of her pregnancy.
Immediately after hearing this news, Mary travels to visit Elizabeth. This is known as the Visitation.
First, we’ll look at the Gospel account of the Visitation.
Then, I’ll share four lessons from this significant event.