Adoremus Sacred Heart

Painting by Aisling, 13
Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith
(used with the artist's permission)
During a recent presentation at work of Westminster diocesan schools' Adoremus Eucharistic journey we were shown some amazingly creative artwork, a lot of it on display in the cathedral. One painting in particular caught my eye: or maybe I should say it caught my heart, which leaped with surprised delight when I later discovered that the artist is a student at Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith. Aisling describes her painting thus: My artwork uses a dynamic composition with straight lines and brush strokes leading the eye directly to the world, as if looking at it through the eyes of Jesus. The yellow represents Jesus as the light of the world; the pink shows his eternal love and our Adoremus; the purple symbolises his royalty and the fact that we should worship him.

So the world is the heart and the focus of this painting: and Christ is there, at the heart of this world, his love and light radiating, pulsating outwards, just as the world is in him; held in him, in his very Heart. And rather like a heartbeat there is a two-way movement in this image: it draws us inwards, into the centre, but also sends us outwards, to the very edges. Christ's eternal love and our response blend into one, becoming a single, unified movement.

This painting is about the Eucharist, the focus of this Sunday's feast of Corpus Christi, and yet, for me, there is something intrinsically Sacred Heart about it. And really, how could there not be? The Society's Heart-centred spirituality has, since our beginnings, been Eucharistic. For us, the two mysteries, the Eucharist and the Open Heart, are so bound together that it is the Eucharist that takes us into the wide-open, ever-expanding Heart of Jesus. And so, as I gazed at the painting in the cathedral and read Aisling's explanation I was reminded of some words from our Constitutions: Through the Eucharist we are drawn into the gift of Jesus to His Father for the life of the world, and in His Body we are gathered into one. (para 5)... and Jesus draws us into his movement of adoration of the Father and love for all, especially those who are poor. (para 8). 

And in here is that two-way movement: we are drawn into Jesus' adoration and self-giving love, yes, but only so that, strengthened by Love, we can be sent outwards, ever outwards, in deepening, widening love. This is Christ's desire for us, and our call, through which we become and build up his Body, in unity and shared fragility, solidarity, healing and hope.


  1. I really love the way your vision is so inspired by your spirituality. You are a brilliant communicator


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