“All the treasures of My Heart are open to you. Take from this Heart all that you need for yourself and for the whole world.. In a soul that lives on My love alone, I reign as in Heaven. I watch over it day and night. In it, I find My happiness..”

(Diary, para.1489)

St Faustina Kowalska

In the Litany of the Sacred Heart, we are reminded that this Heart is ‘generous to all who turn to You’, and the ‘King and centre of all hearts’. His desire is that He might live in our hearts and reign within us, so that we can more perfectly live in Him. This living Heart of the Redeemer is the fountain of all goodness, of every grace and blessing – for us and for all souls in every moment of history.

As St Faustina’s Diary says above, He waits patiently for us to ask Him for graces; not only for ourselves but for other souls. Our prayers can obtain graces for them, as surely as they can obtain graces for us. When we pray for another soul, those prayers have a very real effect, by virtue of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.

In praying for others, we reflect something of the love of Christ. The Catechism reminds us that “There is no other way of Christian prayer than Christ. Whether our prayer is communal or personal, vocal or interior, it has access to the Father only if we pray ‘in the Name’ of Jesus” (Catechism, para.2664).

Christ prays continually for us before the Father in Heaven; in our prayer, we join Him in this prayer of His. And His prayer gives us access to an infinite treasury of grace, so that we can indeed “take from this Heart what you need for yourself and for the whole world”. And as we do so, we invite and allow Him to live and reign within us.

In our prayer today, may we have the confidence to ask for much, knowing how generous the Lord is, and how His Heart is moved by our requests, made in faith and in humility.