Have You Accepted Jesus into Your Heart?

A friend of mine was showing a Southern Baptist neighbor around the Catholic Church. She explained the Stations of the Cross, the crucifix, the image of the Blessed Mother and the saints.

Then they came to the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Baptist was bemused.

“Why do y’all have a statue of Jesus with his heart on the outside?”

“Well,” said the Catholic lady sweetly, “You Baptists like to ask Jesus into your heart right?”

“That’s right.”

“We like to ask Jesus to take us into his heart.”

Perfect apologetics. Welcoming and kind and working from what the other person knows to what they have yet to discover.

Here’s a poem for the Solemnity today:

My true love hath my heart and I have his,
By just exchange one for another given;
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot mis,
There never was a better bargain driven.
My true love has my heart and I have his.

His heart in me keeps him and me in one,
My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides
He loves my heart, for once it was his own,
I cherish his, because in me it bides.
My true love has my heart and I have his.

Read Sacred Heart – Tough Love

 

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  • Ben Dunlap

    My friend the former Baptist likes to point out that the Sacred Heart devotion was a big help for him in his conversion.

  • Neil Leslie

    I wonder how the Baptist friend reacted to that.

    • jeff

      I would have liked to know more of the story, reaction, ect, but its probrably not a real story, however, its a good story.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Great story, and I like the poem. Reminded me of one of St. Catherine of Siena’s mystical experiences where she had her heart exchanged with Christ’s.

  • Al Bergstrazer

    Lost track of the number of times I’ve tried to explain to evangelicals who are very proud of their knowledge of the Bible that ‘have you accepted Jesus into your heart’ is not the Gospel, and can be found nowhere in Scripture. In fact David’s prayer in Psalm 51:10 contradict’s that particular bit of dogma. The story however reminds me of taking a tour through the St. Louis Mormon Temple (they allow ‘gentiles’ to tour the temple prior to it’s dedication) as we walked out of the building a smiling missionary said ‘wasn’t that comfortingl?’ An elderly woman in our group replied ‘how could I be comforted, there was no cross.’ Amen to that.

  • mmatthew

    Has Jesus received me into HIS heart? Not feelin’ the love just now………

    • Christina Thérèse

      You’re not alone in not always feeling God’s love. I don’t think it’s terribly uncommon, and not even the saints always felt God’s love as they wished. St. Therese, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Teresa of Avila, and more told of how they did not always feel the presence of God. What mattered was how they dealt with that, how they kept believing and following God anyway no matter what they felt. (I think that St. Teresa of Avila said somewhere that she sometimes would rather do simple menial chores than pray, but forced herself to pray anyway.)

  • Çary Thompson

    YES I GAVE MY HEART TO THE LORD I WANT TO BECOME CATHOLIC MY NAME IS CARY CAT50CARY@GMAIL.COM


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