One of our most beloved images, the original picture was in a centuries-old church slated for destruction. A priest from Michigan saved it from certain ruin and brought it to the United States, where it became a family heirloom for a young Catholic doctor and his family. As far as we can tell, the original was painted in the 1700s by an unknown artist. The Latin inscription at the bottom reads, "Sic Deus Dilexit Mundum," and is translated, "For God So Loved the World" (John 3:16). This beautiful image, which bears a strong resemblance to the Shroud of Turin, has been an inspiration for thousands since we began publishing it in 1997. Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, Catholic author and speaker, has used it extensively in his books and meditations. He tells the story of how angry, torn, and sad he was on the afternoon of 9/11, when many of his friends and associates were killed in the World Trade Center attacks. This image of the Sacred Heart, which hung in the monastery chapel, ministered deeply to him a message of forgiveness and mercy. Soon after, he used the image as the basis of a series of meditations in his book The Cross at Ground Zero.
This image is available as either a fine art print under premium clear glass handcrafted in Steubenville, Ohio. This deeply spiritual depiction of Our Savior's love for us is sure to be treasured for generations to come!