Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus
Question from Ruth on 7/1/2008:

Hello Please, could you tell me what each part of the icon Sacred Heart of Jesus represents?

Thank you!
Answer by David Gregson on 8/19/2008:

The heart is traditionally regarded as the seat of the emotions. Ancient Judaism went farther and saw it as the center of all spiritual activity. Even in our day the heart is associated with love. The Sacred Heart represents the love of Jesus, the love of God, for us, channeled through a human heart.

The cross on the heart shows His love to be sacrificial, not self-serving. The flame signifies that His love has a passionate intensity. The crown of thorns points to the mockery with which the love of Jesus is received. The wound recalls the spear on Calvary, when His loving heart was pierced by our sins.

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