THE GREAT PROMISE OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
The following is an excerpt from the book
"Seemingly Impossible... But True, The Nine First Fridays"
Experience teaches that there is no one who tries to live in conformity with his faith who does not catch himself in anguish before this question:
Will I be saved or will I be damned?
Whirlwinds of thoughts then pass through the disturbed mind to increase its apprehension: the knowledge of its weakness, its own inconstancy, the furtive assault of the passions, the suggestions of evil, the thousand snares by which it is surrounded, the unhealthy environment in which it has to live: provocative speech, derisions, mockeries, insults, scandals, bad examples, all together induce a sense of great distrust such as to throw the person into the deepest discouragement.
Then the infinite mercy of the Heart of Jesus comes to meet it and whispers: The Great Promise which I come to suggest to you will make your fears vanish and will give you back peace and serenity.
Think that I am putting at your disposal the Omnipotence of My Love to assure your salvation. Entrust yourself to Me Who have given you My word. Entrust yourself to Me Who love you infinitely and want nothing else but to see you one day enter Heaven and enjoy eternal happiness. Begin immediately to make the Nine Communions of the First Fridays of the month.
However, you should not think only of your personal salvation, but be also solicitous for the salvation of others. Resolve to become a zealous apostle of this devotion, counseling others to make the First Fridays. Remember: "Whoever saves a soul assures the salvation of his own."
Arise; therefore, get to work spreading widely this book among your relatives, friends and acquaintances. The money you will spend in this way will fructify a hundredfold for Heaven, and at the same time will serve to make reparation for the money badly spent during your past life,).
Who is saved?
Whoever dies well is saved, that is, whoever dies in the grace of God. On the contrary, whoever dies in mortal sin is lost forever and will be condemned to the eternal punishments of hell.
Can we know with certainty whether our death will be good or bad?
No, we cannot know it with absolute certainty, therefore this uncertainty about a point of such capital importance should keep us in salutary trepidation regarding our eternal salvation and stimulate us to live well, in the hope of dying well.
But, in front of this anxious uncertainty, we can open our heart to the most consoling hope, or rather to the moral certainty of assuring Heaven for ourselves by a good death. And, it is the ineffable goodness of the most merciful Heart of Jesus that wanted to grant us this supreme comfort through the Great Promise.
Let us commit ourselves, therefore, to make faithfully the Nine First Fridays according to the intentions of the Heart of Jesus. Let us not be lazy and say that it is possible to save one's soul even without this pious practice. Saint Gregory the Great warns us that, "When we are dealing with eternity, there can never be enough precautions!"
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THE PROMISES OF THE HEART OF JESUS
Jesus made many promises to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. How many are there? Just as the many colors and sounds are all reducible to the seven colors of the rainbow and the seven musical notes so likewise, as there are many promises of the Sacred Heart in the Saint's writings, they can be reduced to the twelve habitually listed:
(1) I will give them the graces necessary to their state;
(2) I will put and keep peace in their families;
(3) I will console them in their afflictions;
(4) I will be their refuge in life and especially at the point of death;
(5) I will shower the most abundant blessings on all their undertakings;
(6) Sinners will find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy;
(7) Tepid souls will become fervent;
(8) Fervent souls will rise rapidly to great perfection;
(9) I will bless even the houses where the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated;
(10) To priests, I will give the grace to move the most hardened hearts;
(11) The persons who propagate this devotion of Mine will have their names written in My Heart never to be erased;
(12) Number 12 is The Great Promise of which we will now speak.
Are these promises authentic?
The revelations in general and the promises in particular made to Saint Margaret Mary have been meticulously examined and, after thorough deliberation, approved by the Sacred Congregation of Rites whose judgment was then confirmed by the Supreme Pontiff Leo XII in 1827. Leo XIII, in his Apostolic Letter of June 28, 1889 exhorted a response to the Sacred Heart in view of the admirable rewards promised.
What is the Great Promise?
It is the last of the twelve promises, but the most important and extraordinary, because with it the Heart of Jesus assures the most important grace of death in the grace of God, therefore eternal salvation to whoever will receive Holy Communion in His honor on the First Friday of nine consecutive months.
Here are the exact words of the Great Promise:
I PROMISE YOU, IN THE EXCESSIVE MERCY OF MY HEART, THAT MY OMNIPOTENT LOVE WILL GRANT THE GRACE OF FINAL REPENTANCE TO ALL THOSE WHO WILL RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS. THEY WILL NOT DIE IN MY DISGRACE, NOR WITHOUT HAVING RECEIVED THE HOLY SACRAMENTS, AND IN THOSE LAST MOMENTS, MY HEART WILL BE A SAFE REFUGE FOR THEM.
THE GREAT PROMISE OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
At Fatima, in the second apparition of June 13, 1917, our Lady, after having promised the fortunate seers that she would soon take to Heaven Francisco and Jacinta, turned to Lucy and added: "You must remain a long time here below. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved."
Since that day almost nine years passed and then on December 10, 1925 at Pontevedra in Spain, where Lucy was making her novitiate, Jesus and Mary came to keep their promise and to charge her with spreading and making better known in the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Lucy saw the Child Jesus appear alongside His Holy Mother, who held in her hand a heart surrounded with thorns. Jesus said to Lucy: "Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment and there is no one to pull out a thorn by an act of reparation.
Then Mary spoke, saying: " My daughter, look at my Heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men continuously pierce it with their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and proclaim in my name that:
I promise to assist at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for their eternal salvation all those who on the First Saturday of five consecutive months go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary and keep me company for 15 minutes, meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of offering me an act of reparation.
This is the Great Promise of the Heart of Mary that is alongside that of the Heart of Jesus. To obtain the promise of the Heart of Mary the following conditions are required:
(1) Confession made within eight days and especially with the intention of making reparation for the offenses made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If one forgets in Confession to make such an intention, he can formulate it in the following Confession, taking advantage of the first opportunity available for Confession.
(2) Communion made in the grace of God with the same intention as for the Confession.
(3) The Communion must be received on the First Saturday of the month.
(4) The Confession and the Communion must be repeated for five consecutive months, without interruption, otherwise one must start all over again.
(5) Rosary recited with at least five decades, for the same intention as the Confession.
(6) Meditation for a quarter of an hour to keep the Most Holy Virgin company, meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary.