By Tori Kadish, Laundry Supervisor
On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we were delighted to welcome Bishop Binzer to our home to say Mass and join the residents for lunch. When told what a blessing his visit is to our home, Bishop Binzer humbly responded, “It is a blessing for me! It is like a family reunion to be here.” His Mother, Aunt and Uncle Mary and Roger Peirson, two Cousins John and Jane Werdmann, and Uncle and God Father Jerry Metz were also in attendance. It was a joyous occasion for all.
Bishop Binzer introduced the Mass by saying, “The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus represents his love for all mankind. His heart burns with passion for us.” He then held up a prayer card he had just received the day before from a beloved one’s funeral. It was a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He said he wished he had brought a bigger one for us to see the look of peace on the face of Jesus. That look gives us peace, especially during our trials in life.
During his homily, he shared how “it is a great teaching of faith, to reflect on how Jesus laid down his own life for us. The best way we can show our love for Jesus, is to love one another, to take care of others like He takes care of us. We have a chance to reflect on this love, which helps, guides, and leads us to focus on Jesus.”
To know God’s love in Jesus and to share it with others is the central message of the gospels. In today’s love-starved world, it is even more important for us to live this message in our daily lives. People are starving for love and sometimes don’t even know it. To be part of a community here at The Little Sisters of the Poor, we know how blessed we are to have unlimited opportunities to give love to our neighbor. We all have the opportunity to let our heart burn with passion for others, like Jesus does for us, so our hearts may radiate the peace of the Sacred Heart.
“The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty.” St. Margaret Mary Alacoque