“And Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18, 2-4)
A book I live with every day and cannot recommend highly enough is St. Maximilian Kolbe’s “Let Yourself Be Led By The Immaculate” by Angelus Press. Much of the following is from that book. In the comments on a recent post, I explained,
“To live our consecrations, we must let Our Lady lead us, that means accepting our daily crosses in generous reparation. St. Maximilian: “Everything depends on this, that in every instance, we let her lead us. The test is obedience. … Extraordinary prayers and mortifications are not necessary but just letting ourselves be led.” You see, it’s very simple, that’s why people resist it so. Even a child, such as Jacinta can do it, which is why so many overlook it or ignore it.
In surrendering our wills to the Immaculata, in even very small things, we accomplish at the same time, reparation, humility and obedience. Thus, surrendering our wills to her is the most effective and fruitful form of reparation. And it is within our means. By our First Saturdays of reparation, Our Lady is leading us to learn the habit of consecrating all our moments into saving moments, shining with grace, which, when united with our prayers, will in time, transform the world. We are all impatient to see God’s justice but if we do not make reparation, we might find that justice is a very sharp sword.”
The themes of reparation and penance are familiar to anyone who is knows of Our Lord’s revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and those of His Blessed Mother to Sister Lúcia and the little shepherds of Fatima. It’s worth noting that while Our Lord’s messages to St. Margaret Mary were so tender, personal and appealing, those of the Angel at Fatima and of Our Lady of Fatima stressed the impending Justice of God in an appeal for reparation. As the old truism goes, “if you don’t seek God’s mercy, you will surely find His justice.”
Throughout His Gospels, Our Lord stresses that we are our brothers’ keepers. That we love one another is His commandment, the one He was most insistent about as well as that most emphasized by St. John in his epistles. He commands us to take up our crosses, not only for our own salvation but that sinners be converted. The following Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is loosely based on Father Mateo’s much earlier one. Over the years, I have modified it and don’t believe Father Mateo would mind if you make it your own as well. His generosity of spirit propelled him to enormous sacrifices just to get people to consider for a moment, the love and mercy Our Lord stands so willing to pour forth for us. So take a moment if you will and consider…
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to You, I kneel before Your throne of mercy and on behalf of my family and Church, pledge love and fidelity to You.
† The more Your mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly I will believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus! † The more hearts despise and ignore Your love, the more I will love You, O loving Heart of Jesus! † The more that scientistic unbelief attacks Your Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly I shall adore You, O Divine Heart of Jesus! † The more Your sacraments are despised and blasphemed, the more frequently I will receive them with love and reverence, most generous Heart of Jesus! † The more Your holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more I will take care to observe them, most holy Heart of Jesus! † The more that You are blasphemed and scorned in the Eucharist, Your Sacrament of Love, the more ardently I will adore You, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! † The more the imitation of Your virtues is scorned and forgotten, the more I will endeavor to practice them, most obedient Heart of Jesus. † The more the devil strives to destroy souls, the more I will be inflamed to save them by penances and prayers to You, most zealous Lover of Souls! † The more sin and impurity deface and destroy Your divine image in man, the more I shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! † The More Your Holy Church is scorned and compromised, the more I will endeavor to be her faithful child, Most Loving Heart of Jesus! † The more that hubris, heresy and apostasy threaten our Holy Church, the more I will turn to Your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Your Mother to save us, O Sacred Heart of Jesus! † The more Your Immaculate Mother is blasphemed, the more I will increase my fervent devotions to her, Most Devoted Heart of Jesus! † The more Your Church is persecuted, the more I will pray and sacrifice for for her triumph and exaltation, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
Let us pray: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, always obedient to the Eternal Father, teach us to be ever obedient and humble in the face of the diabolical disorientation that has sown such chaos in the Church and disheartened so many. Suffer us not to be scandalized by this long, dark night of the soul of our Church, but to persevere in loving obedience trusting always in Your Sacred Heart and in Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Amen.
And don’t forget the prayer of the Angel of Fatima:
“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. By the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”
As the Angel told Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, “Pray! Pray very much!”
Posted by Evensong on the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 6 June, 2013.