Sacred Heart Badge

This is the Sacred Heart Badge as worn by the Counter-Revolutionaries during the Terror and the Catholic uprising in the Vendee. Any person who was caught wearing this badge faced immediate execution by the "tolerant" French revolutionary government as being a reactionary, clerical and counter to the goals of the Revolution. Marie-Antoinette is mentioned as wearing one on her person as was Madame Royale.

In 1676, Our Lord Jesus Himself introduced the devotion to His flaming Heart to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun of the Visitation. He promised, “I will bless every house in which an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.” He also revealed His wish that people not only have a picture to venerate in their homes, but also carry a small picture with them.

When the Sacred Heart Badge was first presented to Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1870, he exclaimed, “this is an inspiration from Heaven. Yes, from Heaven,” and proceeded to grant the badge a blessing for all time so that subsequent badges need never be re-blessed by a priest. He then added, “and I want Satan to be unable to cause any harm to those who wear this badge.

The badge was adopted by the great Catholic resistance movements, such as that of the Chouans against the French Revolution, Andreas Hoffer’s Tyroleans against Napoleon, the Cristeros against the anti-Catholic Mexican government in the beginning of the twentieth century, and the Carlists against the Communist Revolution of 1936–1939 in Spain. The Cuban Catholics facing Castro’s firing squads also had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and died crying, “Long live Christ the King!”

With a history such as that of the Sacred Heart Badge, ANF’s Director Robert Ritchie could not help but be enthusiastic about spreading this devotion in America today, so in need of divine aid. Indeed, what better token of Faith and Divine protection could we wish for America?

Today the badge is different from the above only in that it now portrays the portrait of Jesus pointing to His Heart.

Sacre Coeur de Jesus.

First posted in 2007


Father Gregory said...

I like the original version, rather than the modern ones that can be had. Is anyone making these early types now? If so, where can they be obtained? I may have to have one made for me. This is a beautiful addition to our consideration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! (Father Gregory/Subimonk)

Matterhorn said...

This is wonderful, very comforting.

de Brantigny........................ said...

I make them.


Matthew Palardy said...

Can I buy one from you?

jcf6 said...

I recently discovered your blog and am enjoying searching through it. This post on the Sac. Heart Badge is interesting. I had the same inquiry as previous posters about obtaining the badge pictured.
Also, I noticed that you are in Richmond, Va. -- I sometimes offer Mass at St. Joseph (Buford Rd., Bon Air) when I am visiting friends there. Perhaps we may run into each other.

Brantigny said...

Actually I live in NC, however the parish where I formerly went had a Priest tell me I should bring my daughter to be more tolerant of other religions. The case in point was a 9 yr old boy told my daughter (also 9 at the time) that his father was a baptist and their communion was the True Presence. She replied that only a Catholic Priest could transubstantiate a host into the Body Blood, Soul, and Divinty of Christ. An arguement insued over the issue between them, which spilled over into me and the priest. I dare not expose my children to heresy.

So we left...

Dieu le Roy!

jcf6 said...

I'm sorry you had that experience, unfortunately, I fear it is all too typical. However, I do not think that would happen at St. Joseph as it is the usus antiquor parish.

What about obtaining a Sacred Heart Badge?

Vive le roi!

Brantigny said...

write to this email. addy

Brantigny said...

Is that the Oratory?

jcf6 said...

It is a diocesan parish, staffed by Benedictines, but exclusively usus antiquor.
Visit: http://www.stjosephrichmond.org/

!Vivo Christo Rey!