Göttli ches herz Jesu, erbarme dich unser [Divine Heart of Jesus, have pity on us]
Anonymous; J. Fuscher Printers, Bajjau, Germany
11.4 x 3.8 cm.
credit: From the collection and courtesy of Micki Cesario, Fort Wayne, Indiana


The Gospel of Saint Luke reports that Jesus dying on the cross said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (23:34)

Jesus not only forgave his executioners, but promised to forgive the sins of all those who would turn to him.

Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938), a Polish nun in the order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the first new saint of the third millennium, reported that starting in February 1931 she had received visions in which Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart to her. After Gertrude the Great in the 13th century and Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque in the 17th century, she is the third person to have this experience. In her diary recording these events, she wrote that Jesus spoke to her in these words:

I am love and mercy itself….Let no soul fear to draw near to me, even though its sins be as scarlet….My mercy is greater than your sins, and those of the entire world….I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you.

The late 19th century funeral holy card, shown here, is in memoriam for Margarita (Anna) Pummerer, a 22-year old woman, who died in 1881.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is not only a symbol of the Suffering Heart of Jesus, but also equally the Merciful Heart of Jesus.



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