The month of June particularly, is a great time to make an act of reparation to the Sacred Heart, as it is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. In fact we should make acts of reparation often – not just in June. Reparation should be foremost in our minds, if we love our Lord and if we care about souls.
Because we have a thirst and hunger for souls and do not want to see anyone perish, we make reparations for those who knowingly or unknowingly offend our Lord.
“By voluntary submission to His Passion and Death on the Cross, Jesus Christ atoned for our disobedience and sin. He thus made reparation to the offended majesty of God for the outrages which the Creator so constantly suffers at the hands of His creatures. We are restored to grace through the merits of Christ’s Death, and that grace enables us to add our prayers, labours, and trials to those of Our Lord “and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ” (Colossians 1:24). We
W can thus make some sort of reparation to the justice of God for our own offences against Him, and by virtue of the Communion of the Saints, the oneness and solidarity of the mystical Body of Christ, we can also make satisfaction and reparation for the sins of others.”New Advent Encyclopedia
Our Lady of Fatima told us that we should do penance. In fact, the first Saturday Devotion is one of reparation. Our Lady said to Sr Lucia:
“My daughter, look at my Heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me, and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months go to confession and receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
We make reparation to the Sacred Heart through the intercession of the Mother’s Immaculate heart.
Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor (On Reparation to the Sacred Heart), tells us that this duty of reparation comes from love. The creator loved us first and we should return the love of the Creator. Since the Creator’s love is casually spurned on a daily basis, it is up to us to offer reparation:
“… the creature’s love should be given in return for the love of the Creator, another thing follows from this at once, namely that to the same uncreated Love, if so be it has been neglected by forgetfulness or violated by offense, some sort of compensation must be rendered for the injury, and this debt is commonly called by the name of reparation.”Miserentissimus Redemptor
Are all Acts of Reparation of the Same Value?
It appears not. We cannot just go about our daily lives, not sacrificing and not praying for the salvation of souls and expect that our Acts of Reparation, will bring much fruit.
“… more perfectly that our oblation and sacrifice corresponds to the sacrifice of Our Lord, that is to say, the more perfectly we have immolated our love and our desires and have crucified our flesh by that mystic crucifixion of which the Apostle speaks, the more abundant fruits of that propitiation and expiation shall we receive for ourselves and for others.”Miserentissimus Redemptor
Even though everyone is ultimately responsible for his own soul, our sense of Christian duty and our overwhelming love for our God, should compel us to make reparation for not only our sins but for the sins of others.
Our Lord suffers when others spit in his face by denying his sacrifice, his love and his mercy.
And so, we should always look for ways to make reparation. The Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart is one of those ways.
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart
O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much
forgetfulness, negligence, and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thy altar
eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries
to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great
indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we
humbly ask Thy pardon, and declare our readiness to atone by
voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for
the sins of those who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in
their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or,
renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage
committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold
offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the
foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and, lastly, for all the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded. Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood.
We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross, and which Thou dost continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the
acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the saints, and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love, and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith,
of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee, and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end.
Books on Reparation & The Sacred Heart
- The Ideal of Reparation by Raoul Plus, S.J.
- Devotion to the Sacred Heart
- The Autobiography of St Margaret Mary