Sacred Heart and Secular Brain
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Devotional practices specifically focused on Christ's heart have a long history in the Western church. Bonaventura and Aquinas make frequent
references to the Sacred Heart in their scriptural and devotional writings, and a host of medieval mystics record visions that led them to venerate the Sacred Heart. Among these figures are Hildegard of Bingen, Gertrude of Helfta, Julian of Norwich, and Saint Francis of Rome. Significantly, in many of these cases the heart is not the sole object of devotion but, rather, is seen in relationship to the holy wound on Christ's side and the mysteries surrounding the Eucharist. It is not until the latter half of the seventeenth century that the Sacred Heart begins to emerge as a specific object of popular devotion with a liturgy of its own.