A Devoted Heart - First Fridays & Godcidences
Every now and then I'm inspired during prayer to try a new devotion. It is one of my favorite aspects of being Catholic -the myriad and plethora of devotions available to assist in our spiritual journey!
On the current docket - The First Friday Devotion, which I quickly learned was linked with the Sacred Heart of Jesus - hence most call it First Friday Devotion TO The Sacred Heart. Funny, how you can know about something but really not a clue what it truly is. I knew there existed a special blessing to receiving the Eucharist for 9 consecutive First Fridays (side note: The First Friday in April happens to be GOOD Friday. However, we are still good although no Mass celebrated that day, we will be able to receive the Eucharist which counts in this devotion. Phew and Score!)
First, I need to share the cool godcidence moment with this whole thing:
Yes, I know.. that's incredible! Well at least in my mind it is. I LOVE these in-breaking moments of the Holy Spirit's presence in my life. I could easily ignore it all as mere coincidence, and go on wondering if God exists and/or hears my prayers. OR I could, as I choose to do - by awed every moment of, every day - that God has given me life, and that He is such an integral part of that life! Thanks to the invention of blogging.... I hope that I can inspire you to embrace this devotion with me!!
As I often do when I discover a new book I love, I will use it as fodder for several upcoming RTY blogs. Although this book was provided to me from Philip Michael Bulman to review, I see it as a gift from the Holy Spirit - and I am excited to share it with you - and encourage you to pick up a copy of your own if you too are looking to grow in devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!
Today's Sacred Heart Reflection At the Heart of Jesus: Lessons from the Gospels (and ways we might emulate his heart for others):
Copyright 2015, Allison Gingras - first appeared on RTY-Blog in June, 2014