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Musings 2006/204

to His Name
but not to The Son of Man
in His Body and Soul?

Here we see the great Catholic, Paul himself, promoting the highest respect for the very Name of Jesus.

What respect then
for the actual Jesus in the Flesh?

The Heart
Scripture often speaks of heart when referring to the inner person of someone.
In offering devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus we achieve a two-fold effect.
We are reverencing the Sacred Heart of the Son of Man, but we are thereby also reverencing The very Person of The Son of God for it is He Who is the Person of Jesus Christ: it is He Who possesses that Sacred Heart pierced by a lance on Golgotha pouring out His very last drops of Blood.
P On the other hand, man cannot live by oblative, descending love alone. He cannot always give, he must also receive. Anyone who wishes to give love must also receive love as a gift. Certainly, as the Lord tells us, one can become a source from which rivers of living water flow (cf. Jn 7:37-38). Yet to become such a source,

one must constantly drink anew
from the original source,
which is Jesus Christ,
from whose pierced heart
flows the love of God

(cf. Jn 19:34). PBenedict XVI - ENCYCLICAL LETTER, DEUS CARITAS EST
Great devotion, also fully approved by The Church, is to be found in real-Catholics for

the Divine Mercy
of Jesus Christ

- the very Mercy of God.
I would suspect that even the post-modernists would be fearful of contradicting that statement - would step back from denigrating this superb devotion (as much as they would feel so inclined to do).
Why would they hesitate in denigrating devotion to the Mercy of Jesus Christ?
Because

The Mercy of Christ
is the very Mercy
of God.

In this

we properly perceive
the unbreakable connection
between The Son of God
and The Son of Man

- between God and The God-man - and so, between The Creator and the Creature.
Devotion to the Mercy of Christ, being The Mercy of God, is much more difficult for the post-modernists to undermine then it is for them to undermine devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus because they can more easily relate the latter to the Humanity of Christ.
Their reasoning is clearly false.
In fact, the contrary is true -  because if

devotion to The Mercy of Christ
is legitimate
then in this we have proof that
devotion to The Sacred Humanity of Christ
is also legitimate.

This is so because God's Mercy was once and for all proven to all creation in the Sacrifice of Golgotha, through - and only through - the Humanity of Christ.
Goodness, Truth, Love
Jesus' Humanity is properly adored, because

only through His being a Man did He bring
the fullness of Truth to creation;
through It He brought the New Commandment
of Love to creation;
though It, He brought The Father's Goodness
to renew the universe;
through It, He made available to man
The Eternal-spirit;
through It, He made available to man
The Universal Church,
His Bride
and Her Irreplaceable Vicar-of-Christ,
the Pope;
and Her Priesthood; Her Sacraments.

Jesus' Humanity, it is painfully obvious, has become the only way and the only method through and by which man became able to gain Heaven.

One might rightly confess
that Jesus, only by way of His
physical Body and Soul,
is the way and the truth and the light.

Every feature of Christ's Humanity therefore, is adorable - His parables, His infancy, His thoughts, His transfiguration, His Baptism, His prayers, etc. etc. etc.
His Transfiguration
P 47 17  1 And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his

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