Prepare your heart

Painting by Stephen B Whatley
In a few days' time it will be the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, in which we celebrate the outpouring of God's tender, infinite love for us all. This year we approach the feast conscious of so much pain, death and division in our world and in our country. This novena from Pray as you Go can help us prepare our hearts for this feast, and focus us on the unifying, merciful, welcoming Heart of Jesus.

And we unite our prayers to so many others, for all those who have died, or been bereaved and dispossessed in the Grenfell Tower fire, for those killed and injured in the Finsbury Park mosque, and in gratitude for the ongoing, tireless work of our medical and emergency services, and all those who work for unity and justice.