St. Margaret Mary Alacoque recorded “Jesus Christ, my sweet Master, presented Himself to me, all resplendent with glory, His Five Wounds shining like so many suns. Flames issued from every part of His Sacred Humanity, especially from His Adorable Breast, which resembled an open furnace and disclosed to me His most loving and most amiable Heart, which was the living source of these flames. It was then that He made known to me the ineffable marvels of His pure love and showed me to what an excess He had loved men, from whom He received only ingratitude and contempt.”
In this rendition of the Sacred Heart the artist used imagery, color, and symbolism to point towards that ultimate reality of God’s love. Christ’s Sacred Heart glows and burns like the sun. Surrounding the heart is a light indication of a circle which is a reference to the Eucharist. On His heart and hands are the marks of His crucifixion. The left hand is pointing towards His heart while the right hand is raised in a gesture of invitation. His red robes are a symbol of His passion while the inner white garment glows like a furnace. In His gaze, the artist tried to convey a peaceful intensity with lips just slightly parted.
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