display | more...
A powerful icon and pedagological tool used by the Roman Catholic Church. Depicted as a red heart, with a small cross in the "v" of the heart, the cross being surrounded by flames. Surrounding the heart at its greatest width is a crown of thorns. Often, this depiction is shown on the chest of a standing Jesus and he is pointing to it.

The underlying explanation of the devotion is that it considers the love of Jesus for us as a despised, ignored love. Basically, therefore, the tortured heart represents Jesus' tortured, unrequited love for us. Sounds like Jesus needs some therapy to get over this.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.