HISTORY: This famous picture was painted by order of the martyr-President Gabriel Garcia Moreno and Sacred Heart in 1873. Two years later the President was assassinated. The enemies of the church twice tried to burn the picture, which had been placed in the House of Parliament. Saved from their hands, it was given to a Chilean Sacred Hearts Father for safe keeping. Years later it was discovered by Father Mateo in a trunk in Valparaiso and it inspired him to begin his crusade for the Social Reign of the Sacred Heart. The original is now enshrined in Quito, Ecuador.
SYMBOLISM: The scepter and the globe remind us of Christ’s Kingship: “Behold the Lord, the Ruler is come; and a Kingdom is in His Hand power and dominion.” (Introit of Epiphany). His Heart, as shown to St. Margaret Mary, with the symbols of sorrow (the wound and crown of thorns), tells us that He desires to rule over families and nations through love.
Our Lord is drawing the world to His Sacred Heart – “burning furnace of charity” – in order to make it share in the graces of salvation.