The head is the highest and noblest part of man

The following was the reply by Teresa Higginson (1844-1905) to a question of Father Powell’s of the Alexander’s Church in Boottle, Liverpool, given November 11, 1880.

The Venerable Teresa Helena Higginson is the wellknown apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Head of Our Lord as the Seat of His Divine Wisdom: « In honour of the Sacred Head as Seat of divine Wisdom and Shrine of the powers of the holy Soul and intellectual faculties and centre of the senses of the body, I write dear rev. Father in obedience to your wish. (…) The question you asked me was – I think – why our dear Beloved Lord wished His sacred Head to be honoured as the ‘Shrine of the powers of His holy Soul’, when the soul was certainly all over the body and the head was not considered the acting seat of all the powers of the soul. And this is what I understand – that as the Reason or Intellect in us is that part of the soul that is nearest to God – is in a special manner the image of God, nay, is the very light of God in the soul, in which we see God as He is, and ourselves as we are, and are capable of judging right from wrong. And as the head is the seat of the reasoning powers, and the faculties of the mind repose there in, so from the sacred Head shine forth in a blaze of resplendent light all knowledge, wisdom, understanding and aguiding power to direct and govern the Will and Affections of the sacred Heart; and in this is seen the con-nection of the desired Devotion – the ruling powers of the sacred Heart are seated in the sacred Head. I will not enter further into detail for I think what you wish to know is clear. The soul pervades every part of the body, but as the reasoning powers are the highest faculties of the soul, and as the head is said to contain or be the Shrine of these faculties in a special way and the memory is said to exist in the brain, so the reason guides and directs the will and love or affections of the human heart. The head is the highest and noblest part of man but I do not mean that the soul is divided, no, these three powers though really distinct cannot be separated no more than the Persons of the adorable Trinity could be separated – they form together but one soul, which is immortal and perfect in its powers when filled with sanctifying Grace as is the Holy Soul of Jesus. And our dear Beloved Lord gave me to understand that though He was much offended by the sins committed through the weakness of the will and misled affections, yet the sins of the intellect far exceed those in number and in magnitude. »

From: Ascent of Science – From Plato to Newton, Hubert Luns, CH-01,, pagina 4.

Information given by Jesus to Teresa Higginson

Information given by Our Lord 1880 – 1883

  1. “I wish the first Friday after the feast of my Sacred Heart to be set apart as a festive day in honour of my Sacred Head as the Seat of Divine Wisdom, and that public adoration be offered to Me for all the outrages and sins which are continually being committed against Me.” “It should be dedicated as a festive day in its honor, and special reparation and atonement be then offered to Him.” (Juni 2, 1880)
  2. “The Sacred Head was in a special manner the dwelling place of the Holy Ghost.” Our Lord “wished the great mystery of the Incarnation to be made very clear (or taught very carefully) to the children.” (Whitsuntide 1881)
  3. Our Lord impressed upon her – His Soul is not known, His Soul is not loved, and tells me not, by actual words.” (Juni 1883)
  4. “Our Blessed Lord wishes His Sacred Head to receive special adoration.” (Aug. 17, 1882)
  5. “Those who shall try by words or means to hinder or reject it, shall be as glass that is cast down, or as an egg that is thrown to the wall, that is that they shall be shattered and become as naught, and shall be dried up and wither as grass on the housetop.” (April 9, 1880)
  6. “Even the devotion to the Sacred Heart is incomplete without this devotion to His Sacred Head. (Juni 2, 1880)
  7. “He would wish now to be crowned and acknowledged as the Wisdom of the Father, the true King of Kings.” (Juni 15, 1880)
  8. “This morning at holy Mass when the Sacred Host was raised at the elevation, I saw as it were the whole court of heaven in prostrate adoration.” (May 27, 1880)
  9. Our dear Blessed Lord wishes His Sacred Head to be honored as the “Shrine of the powers of His holy Soul’. (Nov. 11, 1880)
  10. “Around His Sacred Head shone a light of indescribable brilliancy and beauty: as it were a sun in which sparkled 12 magnificent crystal stones reflecting all the colours of the rainbow.” (May 23, 1880)
  11. “It will be the great devotion of the church in time to come.” (July 16, 1881)
  12. “The crucifix is the Book of books and to me the Tree of Life and contains never ending volumes.” (June, 1880)
  13. “It makes me tremble with terror at the dread punishments He has in store for all who shall hinder, or try to hinder the furtherance of this heavenly devotion, for their jaws He says shall be locked as were those of the lions in the den into which Daniel was cast, they shall be shattered and become as naught.” (May 9, 1880)
  14. The Sacred Head is the shrine of the powers of the Soul. “The Head is also the center of all the senses of the body, and that this devotion is the completion, not only of the devotion of the Sacred Heart, but the crowning and perfection of all devotions; and he showed me how the adorable Trinity at His baptism revealed to the world this special devotion for His Sacred Humanitiy is the tabernacle of the thrice Holy Trinity; and that St. John has specially spoken of this devotion for the Most High revealed to him that he should be thus worshipped before the end of the world.” (April 9, 1880)