In A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Rev. James Kubicki, S.J., presents a a persuasive and engaging guide to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an age-old and often misunderstood Catholic devotion. He delves into the rich theological and spiritual roots of the devotion and demonstrates how the faithful may encounter the Sacred Heart of Jesus in one another, scripture, the sacraments, and especially in the Eucharist.
Fr. Kubicki, the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer, brings to life the rich imagery associated with the devotion’s history and provides a contemporary look at traditional devotions like the Twelve Promises, family consecration and enthronement, the Sacred Heart Badge, the Litany of the Sacred Heart, holy hours, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
James Kubicki, S.J., is the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer, a ministry whose mission is to encourage Christians to make a daily offering of themselves to the Lord and at whose center is the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Kubicki entered the Jesuits in 1971 and was ordained in 1983. Since that time, he has served the Jesuits in numerous capacities including vocations, priestly formation, deacon formation, and lay ministry formation. In addition to being a frequent guest on Catholic radio and television, Kubicki is also a popular conference speaker, retreat director, and parish mission speaker. His areas of expertise include the Eucharist, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Spiritual Exercises, and the practical spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer.
“I invite everyone to renew his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ. . . making use of the traditional prayer of the offering of the day and keeping in mind the intentions that I have proposed to the whole Church.”
- Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus Address, June 1, 2008
“Father Kubicki helps readers place their hearts into the glorious Heart of Jesus through Eucharistic worship and its extension, devotion to the Sacred Heart.”
- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
“At first communion I was taught to say first thing every morning, ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee!’ Reading Father Kubicki’s splendid book has only made that prayer all the more sincere and meaningful.”
- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
“Fr. James Kubicki’s book on devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus presents a fresh and attractive reconsideration of this centuries-old devotion in the Catholic Church. Blessed Basil Moreau († 1873), founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who entrusted his priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wrote: ‘The primary purpose of the devotion to the Sacred Heart is to return love for love.’ Fr. Kubicki develops this theme in a way that speaks well to today’s generation of believers.”
- Rev. Peter D. Rocca, C.S.C., Rector Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
“This accessible presentation of the Sacred Heart devotion grounds it in God’s devotion to us and links it to the Eucharist. The many practical devotions and prayers help us see our everyday lives as a prayer offered to God.”
- Celia Wolf-Devine, Author of The Heart Transformed
“At a time when many people are losing heart, Fr. Kubicki’s book, A Heart on Fire, reminds us to be rooted and grounded in the ‘True Love Story,’ the Heart of Jesus. This book will revive many hearts!”
- Kathleen Beckman, Minister, Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women
“The beautiful and succinct combination of Scriptural understanding, historical background, spiritual reflections, and prayer exercises in this book leads us to a new appreciation and deep love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
- Vicki Thorn, Founder, Project Rachel