These wounds depict the cruel manner in which Jesus was crucified and killed. His bleeding heart shows the sacrifice that Jesus made to help us all as humanity. The Sacred Heart imagery highlights this suffering and love of Lord Jesus.
Such tremendous love has the power to transform anyone that is touched by its pure presence.
Because, the love of Christ has such strong powers of transformation, the Sacred Heart is usually shown surrounded by a radiating light.
Novena to the Sacred Heart
O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore Thee, I love Thee and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer Thee this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Thy will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in Thee and for Thee. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Thy blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within Thy Heart I place my every care. In every need let me come to Thee with humble trust saying, Heart of Jesus help me.