This picture was taken immediately before Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament about 4:00PM Divine Mercy Sunday at the end of our Divine Mercy Holy Hour, the third Holy Hour of the day in the parish.
We displaced, as it were, the Divine Mercy painting for emphasis. One priest I know, who hates the Divine Mercy, says that this painting is the worst thing ever in the history of art as it “blashemously” does not depict the Sacred Heart, just rays of light representing the blood and water which gushed from Jesus’ Heart when pierced through with the soldier’s gladius:
Anyway, that picture of Roman gladii is by Matthias Kabel on Wikipedia’s “Gladius.” Such swords were so heavy they could cut someone in half with one hit, so wide that the wound was at least as wide as a man’s hand. When Thomas put his hand into the side of Jesus he surely touched that Heart pierced through.
Anyway, yet another priest, a good friend, who loves the Divine Mercy, told me that Jesus told Saint Margaret Mary that His Heart is not to be depicted without the rest of the human nature of the Divine Person, such as with this image in the Major Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome (on the epistle side of the Basilica):
This topic of the depiction of the Heart without the Body came up because I’m thinking of having a mosaic created for the front of the altar with the Two Hearts, something like this:
I would switch the places, left to right and vice versa with the two, and slightly overlap them, perhaps all told some 18″ wide.
My answer to the objection that the Sacred Heart is not to be depicted apart from the Body was the infant Jesus at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament:
But my priest friend said this was all good because, although apart from the chest, was with Jesus.
My response to was that my planned mosaic was all good because the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and in the Tabernacle, is absolutely present fully. :-)
Anyway, I’m wondering if any reader knows where it is that an account of Jesus giving such instructions to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque is to be found.