Today the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrates one of its patronal feast days, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart is the special feast day of all the priests and seminarians of Holy Cross. To help us celebrate this day, we are posting a quote from our holy founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, as well as a reflection on the Sacred Heart written on the Sacred Heart for the book The Cross, Our Only Hope. The reflection was written by Fr. Bob Epping, C.S.C., who is the Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
No matter what the cost, let us remain united with our superiors through obedience and united among ourselves by the bonds of that love of which the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the burning center, and which, so to speak, should form a chain linking together all the members of Holy Cross. This, moreover, is the recommendation of our Divine Lord to His apostles. It was the object of His touching prayer to His heavenly Father for us when He said: "Holy Father, I pray that they may be one, in the unity of one spirit, one faith and one love, and that just as Thou art in me and I in Thee, so also they may be one in us. – Basil Moreau
To love in this same way—unreservedly and sacrificially, creatively and redemptively —is a challenge for us each day and draws us into a whole new priestly identity. For those of us who are ordained priests, the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus holds up for us a model of the complete and unconditional love that must be the heart of our ministry of bringing Christ into the world. Yet, we are all a priestly people, anointed as priest, prophet, and king in our Baptism. There is no room for any of us to hold back, to hesitate, to shrink away in fear. There is no place for self-absorption or self-protection, no way to hide from the costs of such incredible love, no way to make this love self-serving. It must be the total gift of self.