July 31st is the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola the Founder of the Jesuit. It also marks the closing of the ‘Ignatian Year,’ celebrating 500 years since the conversion of St Ignatius. To commemorate this occasion, on July 31 Superior General Arturo Sosa SJ will renew this consecration to the Sacred Heart.
We would like to invite you, as members of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network [Apostleship of Prayer], to join in this celebration. We invite you to join in a 9-Day Novena leading up to the consecration on July 31. In the novena, we will be calling upon the intercession of saints who had a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please join us, with the Jesuits and members of the Prayer Network in this novena, and by making a personal consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on July 31.
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Bio: St. Gertrude was born in Germany and became a Benedictine Nun. She was a mystic and is especially known for having a vision of resting her head on Jesus’ heart which she received on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. Throughout this vision she could hear the beating of His heart and St. John shared with her that this revelation was coming at a time when the world was straying from its love of Christ.
Prayer: St. Gertrude, pray for us to receive the grace of resting our heads on the Sacred Heart of Christ. We ask that you draw religious sisters into the love of the Divine Heart of Jesus, their Bridegroom.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we entrust ourselves to you. We surrender to you our day, hopes, dreams, prayers, conversations, and work. As we join Father Arturo Sosa in the consecration of the Jesuit Order to the Sacred Heart we ask for the intercession of St. _______________ to pray for the Jesuits and my own special intentions.