Today we hear the encyclical Annum Sacrum of Pope Leo XIII’s (+1903), “Holy Year”. It concerns a holy year for the city of Rome but also Leo XIII’s project for the whole church everywhere in solidarity: that is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
As we approach the beginning of the Holy year for priests which Pope Benedict XVI has called for, a year which will begin on the feast of the Sacred Heart in 2009, also the centenary of St. John Vianney, it will be good to dive into some texts which may deepen our devotion and participation in such an important even for the life of the Church. We can come to see the continuity of what we are doing now with the efforts of our forefathers.
087 09-05-06 Veni Sancte Spiritus – The Pentecost Sequence dissected
086 09-05-30 Year for Priests; Pius IX on priests, Mass and Holy Days of obligation
085 09-05-03 Gregory the Great on the Good Shepherd
084 09-04-30 St. Pius V and Quo primum
083 09-04-19 St. Augustine on the challenge of remaining faithful
082 09-03-19 St. Joseph: a hymn dissected & sermon of Bernardine of Siena
081 09-03-13 Benedict XVI’s Letter on SSPX excomms; your voicemail
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