A HEART ON FIRE
Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
by Fr. James Kubicki, S.J.
A lively introduction to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus—showing clearly how the Heart of Christ can be a source of joyful transformation for contemporary Catholics.
In this persuasive and entertaining book from Ave Maria Press, Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., explores the spiritual roots of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He demonstrates how the faithful may encounter the Sacred Heart in one another, Scripture, and the Eucharist.
From Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York:
"At first communion I was taught to say first thing every morning, 'Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee!' Reading Fr. Kubicki's splendid book has only made that prayer all the more sincere and meaningful."
From Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura:
"Father Kubicki helps readers place their hearts into the glorious Heart of Jesus through Eucharistic worship and its extension, devotion to the Sacred Heart."
From Publishers Weekly:
Hearts adorn greeting cards and are associated primarily with Cupid, Valentine's Day, and romantic love. But Kubicki, a Jesuit priest and director of the Apostleship of Prayer, explores the multifaceted religious significance of the heart, specifically, the traditional Catholic devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The author uncovers the complex history of this devotion and the myriad ways religious figures have reinterpreted it over the centuries. The Sacred Heart is most often illustrated as outside of Jesus' body, wrapped in thorns, burning, and bleeding from a wound. The significance of this is that the love of God for humanity is big enough for all of our suffering, happiness, productive labors, and failures. Human love may be finite, but God's love is endless. The author includes several helpful prayer suggestions to assist those who wish to prioritize this devotion in their spiritual life. While the Sacred Heart devotion is associated primarily with the Catholic faith, all Christians can find spiritual succor through this practice.
From Rev. Peter D. Rocca, C.S.C., Rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame:
"A fresh and attractive reconsideration of this centuries-old devotion in the Catholic Church...Fr. Kubicki develops this theme in a way that speaks well to today's generation of believers."
From Kathleen Beckman of Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women:
At a time when many people are losing heart, Fr. Kubicki's book, A Heart on Fire, reminds us to be rooted and grounded in the 'True Love Story,' the Heart of Jesus. This book will revive many hearts!"
From Celia Wolf-Devine, Author of The Heart Transformed:
"This accessible presentation of the Sacred Heart Devotion grounds it in God's devotion to us and links it to the Eucharist. The many practical devotions and prayers hep us see our everyday lives as a prayer offered to God."
From Vicki Thorn, Founder of Project Rachel:
"This beautiful and succinct combination of Scriptural understanding, historical background, spiritual reflections, and prayer exercises in this book leads us to a new appreciation and deep love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus."
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