Catholic ejaculatory prayers or aspirations have long helped believers remind themselves to stay in constant prayer. However, the practice is not without its fair share of criticism. Those who practice ejaculatory prayer walk a thin line between remaining devote and subconsciously repeating phrases that have long lost their spiritual benefits.
As a devotional practice, the Sacred Heart of Jesus has experienced its fair share of highs and lows. Ever since 1673 when St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received a vision of Jesus Christ, His heart visible with love and suffering, the devotion has been an important practice and reminder for Roman Catholics the world over (Knight 26). However, throughout the centuries that followed, the extent of that importance in the daily lives of believers has greatly fluctuated.