SACRED HEART OF JESUS SHRINE
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine at Kiltrogue near Claregalway in Galway is a modest but beautiful shrine that honours the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a symbol of God’s love for humanity. The shrine is located on the side of the road, surrounded by green fields and trees, and it features a statue of Jesus with his heart exposed, as well as a cross and a plaque with a prayer.
The shrine was erected in 1953 by the local community, who wanted to express their faith and gratitude to God for his blessings and protection. The shrine is well cared for and maintained by the parishioners of the local community.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus dates back to the 17th century, when a French nun named Margaret Mary Alacoque had a series of visions of Jesus, who revealed to her his wounded and burning heart, pierced by a crown of thorns. He asked her to spread the devotion to his heart, which represents his infinite love and mercy for sinners. He also promised many graces and blessings to those who honour his heart and make reparation for the offences committed against it.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine at Kiltrogue is one of the many shrines and grottos that can be found on Irish roads, especially Marian shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. These shrines are a testament to the strong Catholic faith and tradition of Ireland, which has endured many hardships and persecutions throughout history. They are also prominent landmarks that enrich the cultural and spiritual landscape of the country.
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