June is traditionally observed as the Month of the Sacred Heart; in fact, this coming Friday we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (and my 5th anniversary of ordination), followed by the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary the day after. In Christ, God has a human heart and it beats with love for you and for me.
A Mexican religious sister whom I know tells the story of how when she was a child, whenever she did something wrong her mother would tell her to go and talk to the Sacred Heart about it. So she would have to park herself in front of the family Sacred Heart picture and talk to Jesus about her pecadillos. From this experience she grew to have a great love for and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and she recalls with a certain fondness this form of “discipline” that her mother employed, even if it wasn’t always a pleasant experience at the time when she was in trouble. I suppose it wouldn’t work so well for all children; some might grow to resent it. The challenge of parenting wisely, I guess.
Well, it did work well for this religious sister; through her experience of having to talk to Jesus about what she had done, she learned how to have a “heart to heart” talk with Him. And this is the goal for us all: that our hearts might speak to His, that we might speak to the center and depths of His being – His heart – from the center and depths of ours.