January 8, 2002
volume 13, no. 2

The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart

by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J.

    Reprinted with permission of Catholic Family News, see Editor's Notes below.
Part Five

Meditation on the Second Promise:
"I will give peace in their families."

1st Point - God, Alone, the Source of peace


    In at least six places in Scripture, God is called the "God of peace-----Dens pacis." "Much peace have they that love Thy law," says the Psalmist. [Ps. 108: 165] Christ came to bring "peace on earth to men of good will." Again and again He wishes peace to His Disciples: "Peace be to you." St. Paul tells us "He is our peace" [Eph. 2: 14], and that "the Kingdom of God is . . . peace and joy in the Holy Ghost" [Rom. 14: 17]. Peace, he tells us again, is one of the fruits of the Holy Ghost [Gal. 5: 22] and he prays that "the Lord of peace Himself give you everlasting peace" [2 Thess. 3: 16]. Thus, passages of Scripture might be multiplied to show that all true peace comes from God, from the Sacred Heart alone; whilst, on the other hand, outside of Him there is no peace: "There is no peace to the wicked, with the Lord" [Is. 69: 22]. And Job asks, "Who hath resisted God and hath had peace?" [Job 9: 4].

Affections and Petitions

        O Heart of Jesus, source of all true peace! may we ever seek our peace in Thee alone. Save us from the misfortune of seeking our peace where peace cannot be had. Let us not seek it in the false glare of earthly joys, in the deceitful calm of earthly possessions, in the hollow vanity of earthly honors. In Thee alone, O Heart of my Savior, shall I seek my peace: "In peace in the self same I will sleep, and I will rest." [Ps. 4: 9]
2nd Point ----- the Heart of Jesus and the Peace of Our Souls


"Learn of Me," says Our Divine Lord, "because I am meek and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls." [Matt. 11: 29]

    What is it, as a matter of fact, that troubles or destroys our peace? Is it not our passions: our pride and anger, in particular? If we would have "rest to our souls" we must learn from Him Who is "meek and humble of heart" to curb our passions. They are to the soul what the fever is to the body, which it burns and consumes, and which it often places on the bed of sickness, tossing in a ceaseless restlessness and agitation.

Affections and Petitions

        O most gentle and humble Heart of Jesus! mold and fashion my poor wayward heart into some faint semblance of Thine own. Thou didst of old calm with a single word the stormy billows of the Sea of Galilee. Do Thou, in like manner, calm the tempests of my soul. When the winds of fear, sorrow and desire, of pride or anger, envy or dislike, sweep across the sleeping surface of my soul and lash it into swelling waves of passionate impulse, speak Thou the word that will restrain their violence, "and there will follow a great calm" -----the peace that comes from union with Thy Sacred Heart. Speak, Lord, and I shall hear Thy sweet melodious voice above the roar and tumult of the storm.
3rd Point ----- The Sacred Heart and Peace in Our Families


    The Sacred Heart has given us in the Holy Family of Nazareth a perfect model of tranquillity and order in the family circle. St. Joseph was a model of fraternal tenderness, solicitude and love. Our Blessed Lady was the gentle, loving Mother in the household, full of tenderest sweetness and affection towards Her Husband and Her Son. And the Divine Child, above all, was a model of the most perfect fIlial devotion and affection towards His Mother and St. Joseph. The wondrous harmony that dwelt within that home had its source and center in the Heart of Jesus.

    So, too, likewise, in the Heart of Jesus will be found the harmony, the peace, the mutual affection and esteem that make the home or the religious community a home of peace and rest ------the reflex and anticipation of the Heavenly Home.

Affections and Petitions

        O Heart of Jesus! Who didst say of old to Thy Apostles, "My peace I leave you, My peace I give unto you," give to us and to our families and our religious communities that "peace which the world cannot give," that, sheltered from the storms that wreck so many homes, our families may live in peace------the peace of God that surpasseth all understanding, the peace that is sweeter than all joys of earth. Dona nobis pacem. Give us peace, O Heart of Jesus, in our hearts, our families, our homes. Amen.

Next Issue: Part Six.

    EDITOR'S NOTES: Since this site is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are presenting the Meditations and Commentary first written by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J. during the pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X. We have received the gracious permission of John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News to reprint the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart in The DAILY CATHOLIC. We urge you to subscribe to John's excellent monthly publication for only $20 a year by calling 1-905-871-6292 or e-mail them at CFN.

       The book by Fr. McDonnell has been a favorite of countless Catholics over the decades, and CFN gives it the highest praise, "especially because of the author's erudition in weaving solid doctrinal considerations into his spiritual commentaries. The work is as much a catechism as it is a book of meditations. It continually instructs and uplifts. We pray this series serves as an incentive for more people to practice the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus." We echo our 'Amen' to that and thank John and his publication for allowing us to publish this outstanding work in installments each issue. The one in this issue is reprinted from the January 2001 issue of Catholic Family News.


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