Dehonian Spirituality includes a monthly reflection and prayer based in the spirituality of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians).
Father Dehon Reflection
“The Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Society: Zeal for the Apostolate”
In his meditation book, The Retreat with the Sacred Heart, Fr. Dehon presents Jesus as speaking directly to the reader:
In the face of misery and weakness, I could not be content with a fruitless compassion. I acted, I preached the obligations of justice and charity, I healed those who were suffering, I consoled those who were in pain. I inspired the same charity and zeal among my friends. You know all that the apostles have undertaken for the salvation of souls. Did St. Paul not say, “I wish that I were accursed for my brothers” [Romans 9:3]. And again, “I will spend and be spent for your sakes” [II Corinthians 12:15].
If your heart is cold, it is because it has not yet been warmed by the rhythms of my Heart. Therefore, you should meditate on the mysteries of my love. Contemplate the tenderness and the zeal of my Heart, and yours will be enflamed with a holy zeal.
The reign of my Heart in society is the reign of justice, charity, mercy, and compassion for the lowly, the humble, and for those who suffer. I am asking you to dedicate yourself to all these works, to encourage them and to cooperate with them. Support those institutions which can contribute to the reign of social justice and which defend the weak against oppression by the powerful.
Have courage. The harvest is great and the workers are few. Souls are like low-hanging fruit that is ripe and easy to pluck. But these souls are waiting for apostles, people of action and works. My Heart is overflowing with this apostolic spirit and the desire to spread it. In your fervent prayers ask that many people will respond to my appeal so that they may become apostles of my Heart. Let my Heart rule over your interior life, and work by prayer and action for the rule of my Heart in society.
On this day, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In your kindness throughout the coming week, please remember in your prayer all people who dedicate themselves to Jesus as apostles of his Heart. You may find helpful the following prayer, composed by Charles Sondermeijer, SCJ.
give us a balanced attitude
to the world in which we live.
Protect us from that false spirituality
which would make us
look with unconcern
on the human needs of others.
But teach us also
to seek first the Kingdom of God,
always ready to forego
our own comfort for the sake of it.
May our hearts and hands
be as open and as ready to help
as were those of your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.