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In His Heart: The 2020 Prayer Pledge // Day 4

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Prayer to the Sacred Heart to Help Me Forgive

Lord Jesus, my heart feels like an impenetrable stone as I am struggling to forgive ____________. Please trade my hardened heart for one that flows with mercy like Your own. Give me the grace to let go of bitterness, a desire for revenge, and the need for an apology. Set me free from the captivity of my unforgiving heart and fill me with Your healing love. Amen. 

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Reflect

It was a hot summer day in August. I was standing outside cell block 11, where Saint Maximilian Kolbe was martyred, the starvation bunker where he survived for almost two weeks. A simple priest who gave his life for a man he did not even know.

Head bowed, tears streaming down my face, I just started talking to St. Max.

I asked him to pray for me, to help me forgive like Jesus did from the Cross. Earlier that year, my divorce was finalized and I was waiting on the decision of my annulment case. My heart was hard and exhausted. I wanted to have hope about my future, but I was scared. It felt overwhelming to think about what this new season would be like for me. I couldn’t even imagine dating again.

Deep down inside, I knew I could never begin to heal from the past few years until I acknowledged that I needed to forgive my former husband. That process began for me in Auschwitz, with St. Max. It was not magic, and all of a sudden I forgave in an instant. But the process began and my heart started to pray for the desire to forgive.

I asked Jesus to help grow the desire in me to forgive, to not harden my heart in bitterness. I prayed for my vocation, the ability to trust again, and someday, for my future husband, whomever he was.

That muggy afternoon in 2016 made me realize that sometimes, when we don’t know how to begin to forgive someone, the best place to start is by asking Jesus for the desire.

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Let Us Pray

Jesus, we cannot do anything without Your power and grace. You know the dark, heavy spaces in my heart. You know the people I struggle to forgive. Please give me the desire to forgive those who have wronged me. From Your merciful Heart, give me the desire to forgive. Amen.

For Discussion

Is there a person, situation, or relationship in your life where struggle to forgive? If it feels impossible, can you start by asking Jesus to give you the desire to forgive?

When has Jesus been merciful to you, offering forgiveness even though you wronged Him?

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Patty Breen is a regular contributor to the BIS blog and a devotion writer. She is a full-time lay minister who finds joy in running, strong cups of coffee, and all things Ignatian spirituality. A Midwestern gal from the mitten state, she is constantly learning to find grace in all things. She is passionate about ministry to divorced Catholics and women whose relationships have been impacted by sexual addiction. You can find out more about her here.

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6 Comments

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    Peggy Rowe-Linn
    January 4, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Thank you as it took less than a nano second to fill in that blank! I need to forgive my former son-in-law.

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      jenna Guizar
      January 5, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you for joining us in prayer! <3

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    Kim S
    January 4, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you, BIS. This challenge meets me right where I am in most need spiritually. I am going to try to follow it each day through the month. Hopefully, I will join the IG posts, too.

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      jenna Guizar
      January 5, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you SO much for joining us. So excited to be praying with you <3

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    Patricia
    January 4, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    For all of us praying this pledge to be close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus , take a moment to read what was shared on DAY 2: The Apparition of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Please read what Jesus said to her

    “Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love; and in return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this Sacrament of Love. But what I feel most keenly is that it is hearts which are consecrated to Me, that treat Me thus. Therefore, I ask of you that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart, by communicating on that day, and making reparation to It by a solemn act, in order to make amends for the indignities which It has received during the time It has been exposed on the altars. I promise you that My Heart shall expand Itself to shed in abundance the influence of Its Divine Love upon those who shall thus honor It, and cause It to be honored.”

    I hope that this message will touch our hearts during this month where we are willing to surrender to His Heart and meditate how indiferent we might be to Jesus every day.

    Lets offer this prayer :
    O Jesus, divine saviour, deign to cast a look of mercy upon your children, who assemble in the same spirit of faith, reparation, and love, and come to deplore their own infidelities, and those of all poor sinners, their brethren.

    May we touch your divine heart by the unanimous and solemn promises we are about to make and obtain mercy for ourselves, for the world, and for all who are so unhappy as not to love you. We all promise that for the future:

    For the forgetfulness and ingratitude of men, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the way you are deserted in your holy tabernacle, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the crimes of sinners, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the hatred of the impious, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the blasphemies uttered against you, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the sacrileges that profane your sacrament of love, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the outrages against your divinity, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the injuries of which you are the adorable victim, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the coldness of the greater part of your children, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the contempt of your loving invitation, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the infidelity of those who called themselves your friends, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the abuse of your grace, we will console you, O Lord.
    For our own unfaithfulness, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the incomprehensible hardness of our hearts, we will console you, O Lord.
    For our long delay in loving you, we will console you, O Lord.
    For our tepidity in your holy service, we will console you, O Lord.
    For your bitter sadness at the loss of souls, we will console you, O Lord.
    For your long waiting at the door of our hearts, we will console you, O Lord.
    For the heartless scorn that grieves you, we will console you, O Lord.
    For your loving sighs, we will console you, O Lord.
    For your loving tears, we will console you, O Lord.
    For your loving imprisonment, we will console you, O Lord.
    For your loving death, we will console you, O Lord.

    O Jesus! divine savior, from whose heart comes forth this bitter complaint, “I looked for one that would comfort me, and I found none,” graciously accept the feeble consolation we offer you, and aid us so powerfully by your grace, that we may, for the time to come, shun more and more all that can displease you, and prove ourselves in everything, and everywhere, and forever your most faithful and devoted servants. We ask it through your sacred heart, O Lord, who live and reign with the father and the Holy Spirit one God, world without end. Amen.

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