It is June; not quite the heart of the summer, but certainly a time when everything seems to be wrapping up. From COVID 19 restrictions being laxed, school and religious education being curtailed, and many ministries put on hold until the fall (CDA included). Much is winding down, even after our times of shutdown and seclusion with the pandemic.
Last month, we celebrated the month of Mary, our Blessed Mother. Pope Francis asked us to pray the rosary and even gave us some added prayers to attach to our devotion. This month, the month of June, we celebrate the month of the Sacred heart of Jesus. The devotion to the Sacred Heart is a long practiced private devotion. It was officially approved in the 1800s. Devotion to the Sacred Heart encourages participation in Holy Hour Eucharistic Adoration and to receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of every month. Of course, we do not know what this will look like this year, considering the COVID pandemic. However, the prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is as follows:
“O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.”
On the note of things coming to an end, I am sad to say this is my last Chaplains Corner. As things are winding down and coming to an end at this time of the year, so is my tenure as CDA Chaplain. It has been a great privilege and honor to serve as the Court’s Chaplain for the past two plus years. I will always hold this time fondly in my heart. Know my prayer will be with you and your new Chaplain.
That being said, let me introduce you to your new Chaplain: Deacon Mark Clancy. He is excited about serving as your Chaplain, and I know Deacon Mark will be a profound spiritual presence for the Court. I will work with Deacon Mark, as the clergy at CGS always support one another, and hope to be with you on occasion.
Congratulations “Chaplain” Mark!
May The Sacred Heart of Jesus bless us all.