Hermitage Reflection for June

- Pure Love -

Love one another intensely
from a pure heart.

~ Luke 2: 19

A pure heart is free. It is free by means of grace won through Christ’s death and resurrection. Those graces aid us in conquering thoughts, feelings, and deeds that restrain us from loving another intensely with a pure heart. A “heavy” heart becomes a heart with wings when united with the only Heart that frees.

Nothing is impossible with God. We can love one another when His love is the source of our own.

The month of June is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May the lips of our hearts whisper this simple prayer, that we may “love one another intensely" with His own love and the love with which He loves us.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto Thine.

Sacred Heart

Prayer to Our Lady of Tenderness


Below is a prayer composed by Bishop John W. Flesey to Our Lady of Tenderness. United in heart and mind, let us pray that hearts across our globe may open to receive the gift of Christ's peace.

Our Lady

Dear Lady of Tenderness,

We live in an angry and violent world. War and terrorism threaten us on all sides. We respectfully turn to you, O Mother of the Compassionate One. We beg your intercession for us, your suffering sons and daughters. Because of the intimate bond you share with your Son Jesus, our Risen Lord, we know you will hear and heed our prayer for help. Ask your Savior Son to pour forth His Peace into our minds and hearts so that we might become one truly holy family united and guided by His Holy Spirit. Amen.
~ Most Rev. John W. Flesey, STD, DD




~ Our Lady of Tenderness, pray for us! ~