Our evening in Montmartre was unforgettable. We hopped off the Metro and headed up the circular concrete staircase leading out of the metro station. What a climb that was, the never ending tower of stairs leading up to the city, and then more steps up to the summit and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Upon arriving at the summit, the view of Paris was breathtaking. We arrived at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The beauty of this Basilica is overwhelming. So many pilgrims from all over the world journeying here to offer their heart to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many times on this journey we have listened to Father John, Father Frank, and Father Ralph speak about Father Moreau’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In our guidebook is a quote from Blessed Basil Moreau’s sermons: “In whatever situation in life we be, we must look at our model and set ourselves to imitate him.”
This is so important to the work that we do with our students, we must look at the model that Jesus provides for us and imitate him to our fullest. In life, we must search within our own hearts and give our hearts to The Lord. Breathe, let go, trust and give your heart to the Lord. Let your worries not weigh you down. Trust in the Lord.
“O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I offer you my heart. I bring you all my fears, worries, doubts, and concerns, and those of the whole world. I entrust you to my loved ones, living and deceased. Kindle in me the fire of love that burned within you, so that serving you faithfully in this life, I may enter into the joy that you have won for me.”
The previous passage is from a prayer that was shared with us in our guide on this pilgrimage. This prayer has really helped me reflect on the day to day tasks and worries that I have in my heart. This has helped me to see that bringing all of my worries to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will allow room in my heart for all the joy and blessings that life and the kingdom of God has to offer.
Written by Heather Grocke-Saunders