Servant of God Bernard Francis de Hoyos, S.J.

Servant of God Bernard Francis de Hoyos, S.J.
Posted on 11/29/2017

It is said of some that they have a “heart of gold.”  Others have the “heart of a lion.”  What would it be like to have the heart of Christ?  Jesus’ heart was totally open to the love of God; totally open to bringing the experience of God’s Kingdom to all who would listen and see.  Jesus’ heart was always true to what God wanted for His creation.   Jesus’ heart was pure love.

On this day in 1735, Fr. Bernard Francis de Hoyos, S.J., was anointed in preparation for his death; he closed his eyes, and with a smile on his face he gave his soul to his one and only love, Jesus the Lord.  He was a mere twenty-four years-old at the time of his death from typhoid.  His frequent prayer during his illness was, “Oh, how good it is to dwell in the Heart of Jesus.”  

Although his life was short, he accomplished a great deal and today is acknowledged as the first apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Spain.  In his personal prayer God had gifted him with power spiritual experiences.  He believed the Lord had revealed to him that He had chosen him to be the one to propagate this Sacred Heart devotion in Spain.  He brought the Sodality of the Sacred Heart to Spain and was instrumental in establishing it in many cities. He wrote to the king and bishops for this devotion.  He had a thousand cards portraying the Sacred Heart and distributed them  among the faithful.  He did all this while he studied Theology as he was preparing to be a Jesuit priest.  His energy and faith in what he was doing was endless.
Jesuit Saints and Martyrs Fr. Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.

Pray for today’s Christmas on Campus at SJJ.  One hundred of our seniors will be hosting Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral students for a Christmas party – there will be cookies, presents, and Santa and his elves. Pray for all those who are unemployed and seeking good work. Lord Jesus, you invite ordinary people to come to where you live.  When they come, you welcome them and call them to labor and rejoice with you.  Draw me more into your friendship. (Fr. Joseph Tetlow, S.J.) Servant of God Bernard Francis de Hoyos, pray for us.  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.


Monday night on our 259th Labre, as our group gave out food and conversed with the people, a woman, not old, but not young, grabbed my hand and thanked us for providing this food and love.  She then said, “I need your prayers. I need a job; I have kicked a drug habit and have walked away from prostitution.  I don’t want to go back; I need a job.”  The group prayed for her last night at the end of the night. We will continue to pray.

Lord, I’m looking for a job, and as the weeks go on
long hours of boredom, searching, growing
one rejection after another.

Why am I treated like a problem because I have
   no job?
I can work, but I feel that no one wants me.  

Help me Lord not to feel worthless;
Let me know that your love is still within me;
Let me know that I still have worth as your child.

And, please, help me to get a job.
Fr. Donal Neary, S.J.
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