Some may find in our litanies a helpful source of prayer. Not only can we pray a litany straight through, but we can just pick out one or the other invocation to open our hearts to God. In the litany of the Sacred Heart, for instance, we might pick out “Burning furnace of charity.” The image of Jesus’ heart as a burning furnace of charity can lead us to a deep relationship with Jesus. It’s a marvelous reminder that Jesus’ love for us is beyond measure.
We might keep this image in mind as we read the Gospels. It could be like a title to every episode we read. Think of the burning furnace of charity as Jesus heals the blind, the deaf, the woman suffering from the flow of blood, Jairus and his dead daughter brought to life, and so on throughout the Gospels. Or use the invocation as a mantra for centering prayer.
Or again, “King and center of all hearts.” This is true of every human being whether they know it or not. It may be obvious in the case of those we love and respect, but it’s true of all. The image may help us to accept even those who are different from us, even those who hate us. These and other images can help us pray and live lives of love.
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