The Holy Trinity and the Holy Family

The Sacred Hearts of our Lord Jesus Christ and His most pure and Immaculate Mother are inseparable. And we know that this self-same Mother is also the most pure and perfect Spouse of the Holy Ghost, and the most beloved and treasured child of the Eternal Father. We know as well that this loving Father entrusted these two most beloved beings, Jesus and Mary, to St. Joseph to guard and protect them from the evil and hostile powers of the Lord of the World and his minions. And now, in these dark and calamitous times when our families and our very faith are under attack from those who should protect and nurture it, we turn again to St. Joseph, to the Holy Family, inseparably united to the Most Holy Trinity, to keep us safe in the faith of all times.

In times of trial, go to St. Joseph!

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Holy Family, bless our family, bless our Church!
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Holy Family, bless our family, bless our Church!

Dear readers, we know that the Sacred Hearts of our Lord Jesus Christ and His most pure and Immaculate Mother are inseparable. And we know that this self-same Mother is also the most pure and perfect Spouse of the Holy Ghost, and the most beloved and treasured child of the Eternal Father. We know as well that this loving Father entrusted these two most beloved beings, Jesus and Mary, to St. Joseph to guard and protect them from the evil and hostile powers of the Lord of the World and his minions. And now, in these dark and calamitous times when our families and our very faith are under attack from those who should protect and nurture it, we turn again to St. Joseph, to the Holy Family, inseparably united to the Most Holy Trinity, to keep us safe in the faith of all times.

Readers, do not be surprised if soon the few small certainties and comforts of the faith are soon taken from us, for as Cardinal Manning said,

These are times of sifting. Our Divine Lord is standing in the Church: “His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His (own) and He will gather the grain into His barn, and will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” It is a time of trial, when ‘some of the learned shall fall’, and those only shall be saved who are steadfast to the end. … Saint Alphonsus says: ‘Hence St. Bonaventure says that in the Mass God manifests to us all the love that He has borne us, and includes in it, as in a compendium, all His benefits. On this account the Devil has always endeavored to abolish the Mass throughout the world by means of heretics, making them the precursors of Antichrist who, before all things, will endeavor to abolish, and in fact will, in punishment for the sins of men, succeed in abolishing the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar, according to the prediction of Daniel: ‘And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice because of sins.’

We must understand, and help others to understand, the importance of using the precious little time we have left to bond ourselves as securely as possible to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To this end, I have posted often on Total Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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The Open Heart

For love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we offer this essay of Solange Hertz, from her book (highly recommended!), The Thought of Their Heart, on Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Holy Rosary”.

The Open Heart

by Solange Strong Hertz

“I will reveal My love to them more and more …”

The history of devotion to the Sacred Heart is in a very real sense a gradual revelation of the secret life of the Church. Its prologue, written in the heart of St. John as he reclined against the Lord’s breast at the Last Supper, broadcasts its first rhythms to the world, setting the tempo for the dramatic rending on Calvary. Veneration for the wound inflicted there seems to have been the initial form of the cult among the faithful. From this wound, the “door in the ark,” there gradually issued the proliferation of grace we now know as Sacred Heart devotion, ramifying and increasing through time, space and circumstance to fit all the needs and conditions of worshippers truly seeking intimacy with their Lord.

It elicited tears of repentance, prompted praise, encouraged confident petition and proffered earth’s reparation to heaven for its sins against Love. For centuries the movement developed quietly in the privacy of religious houses and the souls of gifted individuals until it permeated the whole Church in ranks both clerical and lay. In addition to the saints already mentioned, among its devotees must be numbered St. Anselm, St. Frances of Rome, St. Lawrence Justinian, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. Joan of Valois, St. Peter of Alcantara, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, St. Antoninus, St. Peter Canisius, St. Francis de Sales— to list but a few of those canonized. Others who spread its benefits are legion. Carthusians, Franciscans, Benedictines, Dominicans, each produced its particular “school” of spirituality based on affection for the wounded Heart of the Savior. The wealth of art, literature, and liturgy both canonical and popular which has come down to us on the subject attests to its vigor and sanctifying power.

Not surprisingly, it was St. John Eudes, the apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who was instrumental in directing modern piety towards the Heart of her Son. Called by Pope St. Pius X “initiator, teacher and apostle of the liturgical cult of the Sacred Heart,” he had begun by drawing heavily on the writings of the old Cologne Carthusians so as to establish the cult on solid theological ground. By 1672 he had succeeded in obtaining ecclesiastical approval for a Mass of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated in the communities of his own Order, the Congregation of Jesus and Mary.

The very next year, on the feast of St. John the Apostle, December 27, 1673, the torrents of private revelations converged explosively in the Visitation convent at Paray-le-Monial in France. It was there that our Lord, appearing to the humble young nun, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, chose to set the seal of divine approval on what had until then been a most salutary practice in the Church, but which nevertheless remained a private affair— a kind of “inside track” for fleeter spirits. Our Lord had once told St. Gertrude:

“Whenever you desire to obtain anything from Me, offer Me My Heart, which I have so often given you as a token of our mutual friendship, in union with the love which made Me become man for the salvation of men; and I give you this special mark of friendship, … “

After four great apparitions in Paray from 1673 to 1675, … devotion to the Sacred Heart was soon to be enjoined upon all. If we are to believe the words of St. John the Apostle and the ancient prophets concerning the Heart of God, we who are living three hundred years later must be about to witness nothing less than the last moments of the world. “In the latter days you shall understand these things,” promised Jeremiah. “The THOUGHTS of HIS HEART to all generations: to deliver their souls from death and feed them in famine” (Introit, Mass of the Sacred Heart).

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Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

From time to time, new readers search my archives and discover old posts they had not been aware of. This is a mixed blessing. While some contact me to let me know they are delighted, slightly more often, readers are puzzled or even put off entirely. One particularly contentious subject has been my adamant dismissal of devotion to “the Divine Mercy”. This has caused some readers to reject my writing entirely and while it is a shame to lose a friend, for such my readers are, it cannot be helped.

However, since an explanation has been requested, here is a brief note.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come! Thy will be done!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come! Thy will be done!

In His approved revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Our Lord specifically asked for devotion to the image of His Sacred Heart.

In the words of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque herself:

“One day, on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, after Holy Communion, the Heart of Jesus was represented to me as on a throne, formed of fire and flames, shedding rays on every side and brighter than the sun. The wound which He received upon the Cross was clearly visible; a crown of thorns encircled the Sacred Heart, and it was surmounted by a cross.

“Our divine Savior gave me to understand that those instruments of the Passion signified that the source of all His sufferings had been the boundless love of His Heart for men; that all those torments and insults had been placed before Him, from the first moment of His Incarnation; and that the Cross was, so to say, planted in His Heart, from that moment. And then, from that same moment, He accepted all the sorrows and humiliations which His sacred humanity was to suffer during the course of His mortal life, together with all the outrages to which He was to expose Himself to the end of time for the love of mankind by dwelling amongst them in the Blessed Sacrament.”

“My Savior assured me that He took a singular pleasure in seeing the interior sentiments of His Heart honored under the figure of this heart of flesh in the manner in which it had been represented to me, environed with flames, crowned with thorns, and surmounted by a cross.

He said that He wished that this representation should be publicly exposed in order to touch the insensible hearts of men.

“He promised me, at the same time, that He would shed in abundance the treasures of graces with which His Heart is filled upon the hearts of those who honored Him; and that, wherever this image should be exposed for particular veneration, it should draw down upon the spot every kind of blessing.”

After having so poignantly requested devotion to this Sacred Image of His Heart, why would He then return and ask for devotion to an image of Him which omits His Heart?

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy

Our Lord Jesus Christ explained to Sister Lucia of Fatima that He desires to see devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary placed alongside of devotion to His Most Sacred Heart. Yet today, many believe that after telling Sister Lucia that, He then appeared to Sister Faustina and demanded devotion to an image (supposedly of Him)  without the heart. What happened to make Our Lord decide to contradict His own words asking for the image of His Heart to be honored?

Our Lord said clearly that He intended that the image of His Heart be displayed so that it would “Touch the insensible hearts of men”. When, precisely, did Our Lord rescind that request in His apparitions to Sister Faustina? Until someone provides proof that my Lord Jesus Christ no longer requires devotion to the image of His Sacred Heart, I will honor Him in the way that He has already, over many centuries, requested and approved of with so many miracles.

How is eliminating the image of the Sacred Heart an improvement? Why is it more edifying to remove the image of Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart?

It seems to me that this strange heartless devotion fits in very well with the rest of the conciliar changes that have denuded the Church of its beauty and grace. I believe that it hurts Our Lord very much for us to forsake the cherished and proven devotion to the Image of His Sacred Heart, which yielded so much beautiful spiritual fruit, so many saints, so many martyrs for this empty, asinine image.

Can you imagine the brave martyrs of the Vendee placing that strange image on their breasts to inspire them as they defend the Faith with their lives? How ludicrous!

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, Pray for Us Now and at the Hour of Our Death. Amen.

I cannot give you some deep theological discourse, only my simple, very practical explanation that the Divine Mercy devotion does not seem, to me, to be any improvement, to offer any additional edification over the current Sacred and Immaculate Hearts devotions which have given us such a profusion of graces and numerous saints and martyrs. Time is short, for me, every minute counts, and I cannot waste my time on what is at best, a doubtfully beneficial devotion.

Please understand that I am not casting aspersions on Sister Faustina, nor am I denying that others seem to have benefitted from the Divine Mercy devotion. That is for the experts and today, everyone who has a blog seems to feel certain that they are not just experts, but better qualified experts than everyone else. I only share my own impressions, and that is that the Divine Mercy devotion is a poor substitute, an obstacle really, to my devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Joseph and the Holy Family. Those beautiful devotions are so ingrained in me that no one who knows me can picture me without them. If you find the Divine Mercy devotion helpful, please do not let me scandalize you!

But I will still have to say, why do you pray the Chaplet, when Our Lady asked us for Rosaries? Why do you revere this strange image of Jesus, without His Sacred Heart, without the thorns, without the flames, without the cross? How is that better for you? And do you not see how now, Pope Francis is making use of this same “mercy” which is not the Sacred Heart’s mercy, to change the Church, to lead it away from true mercy, which is always based on Divine Justice? If you doubt me, read closely the words of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, which show the basis of mercy is justice.

To those who ask me to cite references, please look it up for yourself. Please do not think me rude.  I have learned that any reader can easily ask a question, it takes just a moment of their time, but then I must spend hours, sometimes days, researching, tracking down what they ask for. So, look it up.

The Sacred Heart devotion is a rich source of true Catholic dogma of the faith. I have seen nothing comparable in D. M. devotion. It was forced through by John Paul II. Who kissed the Koran. Who gave us Assisi. Who added on mysteries to Our Lady’s rosary which she did not ask for while ignoring what she did ask for.

Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee.

This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee. I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O most merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited.

I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite goodness, grant that my name be engraved on Thee, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen (composed by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)

One thing we do not have is time; we must make the best use of what time we have. Please – Pray the Rosary for love of the  Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love Thee, more and more.

This post updated 10 February, 2017.

 

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, our King!

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies.

Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 2015

Today, the Third Friday after Pentecost and nine days after the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church honors the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  At this time, we should have completed the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we began on June 4th, Corpus Christi. You did make your Novena, didn’t you?

The themes of reparation and penance are familiar to anyone who knows of Our Lord’s revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and those of His Blessed Mother to Sister Lucia 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 St. Michael the Angel of 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.”

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!

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 Holy 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 St. Michael the Archangel 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 the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through 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 of Fatima told Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, “Pray! Pray very much!”

by evensong with love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ our Lord and King,

12 June, 2015.

Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Since it was posted so late yesterday, I’m reposting today so that if you haven’t already begun, you can pick it up today. Traditionally, the Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus runs from Corpus Christi until the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But if you are late, that’s OK, just carry on with it until you complete the nine days. Better late than never!

Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O my Jesus, Who didst say, “Indeed I say to you, ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open to you.” Here I am, knocking, seeking and asking this grace …
Our Father.. .Hail Mary… Glory be…O Sacred Heart of Jesus, in I place my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, who didst say, “Indeed I say to you, whatever you shall ask of the Father in My Name, it shall be granted to you.” Here I am, asking Thy Father in Thy Name for this grace …
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus who didst say, “Indeed I say to you, Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” Here I am, and supporting myself on the infallibility of Thy holy words, I ask of Thee this grace …
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

Let us Pray:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom only one thing is impossible, and this is not to feel compassion for poor sinners, have pity on us miserable sinners, and grant us the grace which we ask of Thee through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is Thy tender Mother, and also ours. Amen.

Saint Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Guardian of our family, Pray for us.
Hail Holy Queen…

Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~ evensong ~

How Long, O Lord, How Long?

"... the point of a lance like a flame ... touches the axis of the earth ..."
“… the point of a lance like a flame … touches the axis of the earth …”

“I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima)

Actions have consequences and sins especially, have a way of catching up with us. Although sometimes it can seem as though our Heavenly Father withholds His justice with an infinite patience, it is becoming evident each day that the Lord of this World is exceedingly impatient to push his agenda. Indeed, the devil is making headway in every area of the world and even throughout the Holy Catholic Church. The Synod this October may prove to be a tipping point. Pope Francis, bless his heart, has consistently made clear his intention to “irreversibly” change the Church, despite the fact that the dogma of the faith is immutable as is God Himself. What will be the response of the true head of the Church, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to His Vicar, who defies Him?

Our Lord told Sister Lucia in an apparition in Rianjo, Spain in the summer of 1931, “Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command (to consecrate Russia), they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.” Sister Lucia reported later that Our Lord also complained to her, “They did not wish to heed My request! … Like the King of France they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors in the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.” (from Fatima.org)

Our Lord was referring to His request to King Louis XIV of France on June 17, 1689 to solemnly consecrate his country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our Lord made His request known through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and no French King obeyed the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Eventually, on June 17, 1789, 100 years later, King Louis XVI was stripped of his power by the National Assembly and four years later, was beheaded. It is said that while he was in the Bastille, King Louis XVI attempted to consecrate France, but by that time, of course, it was far too late.

It seems likely that Pope Francis will  attempt to force through his intended “irreversible” changes to the Church at the final Synod this October. That will be just two short years away from the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary’s last appearance at Fatima, October 13, 1917. The year 1917 is also the anniversary of the Russian Revolution (1917), of the establishment of Freemasonry (1717) and of Luther’s revolt (1517). That’s a lot of history coming to bear down on us.

“Like the King of France, they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late.”

What do you think? How long can this go on? In the Rianjo apparition, Our Lord said, “It will be late.” He did not say that it will be too late. Sister Lucia describes the flame-like point striking the axis of the earth as “purification”. It seems possible that this purification will be the final chastisement, after which a chastened Pope faithful to Christ will perform the requested Consecration which will bring a period of peace at last, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And then will come the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ the King.

One last note, in His appearance at Rianjo to Sister Lucia, Our Lord gave her two of the Fatima Prayers.

‘You console Me a great deal in asking Me for the conversion of those poor nations: Request it also of My Mother, while saying to Her often: Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world.

‘At other times say: By Thy Pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain for me the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world.

I have been remiss in not emphasising them more. But it would be lovely if more of us, who are devoted to Our Lady, were to pray these two prayers daily between now and the Synod.

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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Sister Josefa Menendez and the Way of Divine Love

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is an essential part of the message of Fatima, and this devotion is complemented and enriched by devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, because these two hearts are inseparable. Just a few years after Our Lady of the Rosary’s apparitions at Fatima, Our Lord Himself began appearing to Sister Josefa Menendez in the Convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Poitiers, France from 1920 through 1923 when she died. Sister Josefa’s compilation of these visits is known as The Way of Divine Love  and is a very beneficial addition to our spiritual arsenal.

I will reveal My love to them more and more
I will reveal My love to them more and more

Sister Josefa’s book, The Way of Divine Love  has proved to be a worthwhile supplement to our devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. It has an endorsement by Pope Pius XII. I strongly recommend it! Here is a good excerpt from it, although almost any page would have yielded a similar result, it is that packed with beautiful inspirations! From pages 213-215:

“Write for My souls…The soul who constantly unites her life with Mine glorifies Me and does a great work for souls. Thus, if engaged on work of no value in itself…if she bathes it in My Blood or unites it to the work I myself did during My mortal life, it will greatly benefit souls … more perhaps, than if she had preached to the whole world … and that, whether she studies, speaks or writes … whether she sews, sweeps or rests … provided first that the act is sanctioned by obedience or duty and not done from mere caprice; and secondly that it is done in intimate union with Me, with great purity of intention and covered with My Blood.

“I so much want souls to understand this! It is not the action itself which is of value; it is the intention with which it is done. … I have many hidden souls who in their humble labors are very useful workers in My vineyard, for they are moved by love, and they know how to cover their deeds with supernatural gold by bathing them in My Blood. My love goes so far that My souls can draw great treasure out of mere nothing. When as soon as they wake they unite themselves to Me and offer their whole day with a burning desire that My Heart may use it for the profit of souls … when with love they perform their duties, hour by hour and moment by moment … how great is the treasure they amass in one day!

“I will reveal My love to them more and more … it is inexhaustible, and how easy it is for a loving soul to let itself be guided by love.”

The following day, Our Lord told Sister Josefa:

“I would like them to know how much I desire their perfection, and that it consists in doing their ordinary actions in intimate union with Me. If they once grasped this, they could divinize their life and all their activities by this close union with My Heart … and how great is the value of a divinized day! … When a soul is burnt up with desire to love, nothing is a burden to her, but if she feels cold and spiritless everything becomes hard and difficult … let her then come to My Heart to revive her courageLet her offer Me her dejection and unite it to My fervor; then she may rest content, for her day will be of incomparable value to souls. All human miseries are known to My Heart, and My compassion for them is great. …

“But I desire souls to unite themselves to Me not only in a general way. I long for this union to be constant and intimate as it is between friends who live together, for even if they are not talking all the time, at least they look at each other, and their mutual affectionate little kindnesses are the fruit of their love.

“… But if she (soul) is in the throes of desolation and anguish, she need not fear. I am content with a glance, I understand and this mere look will draw down on her special proofs of My tenderness. I will repeat again to souls how My Heart loves them for I want them to know Me thoroughly that they may make me known to those I place in their care.

“I ardently desire My chosen souls to fix their eyes on Me and never turn them away .. and among them there should be no mediocrity, which usually is the result of a misunderstanding of My love. No! It is neither difficult nor hard to love My Heart, but on the contrary, it is sweet and easy. They need do nothing extraordinary to attain a high degree of love: purity of intention, be the action great or small … intimate union with My Heart and love will do the rest.”

Once I discovered, by God’s grace, Our Lady of Fatima’s true message, I struggled mightily with the task of offering my daily duties as reparation, but quickly became discouraged due to my easily distracted nature. And then, once again by praying to Sister Lucia to help me, I discovered Sister Josefa’s marvelously simple “Way of Divine Love” and it has profited me immensely! I wish I could express to you how valuable this book is and hope that by reading the above excerpt you will be inclined to obtain a copy. It is also available as a Kindle download. Both versions are reasonably priced.

Now here is a neat coincidence: Sister Josefa was Spanish and her sister Angela entered the Carmel of Coimbra and I have read that she was Mistress of Novices when Sister Lucia entered the Carmel! Wouldn’t you love to have been able to be a “fly on the wall” at their meetings!

The message of The Way of Divine Love  is balanced between its sacrificial nature and the peace and joy of total oblation to the will of God; the diabolical attacks, the descents into Hell itself, the great suffering, but also the peace and joy that came from total oblation to the will of God, total union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thus, Sister Josefa’s messages comply perfectly with Sister Lucia’s. And isn’t that what we all want – to progress towards total Consecration, total oblation of ourselves to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

We are now going through such challenging times and I believe that Pope Francis has yet more misery in store for us in his “Year of Mercy”; but we have been given such tremendous blessings! We know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus will sustain us and our loved ones and that they have provided us with a safe passage through the chaos and the shortest path to union with them.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on the Friday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost. Thus, we have the Feast of Corpus Christi which we celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday, preparing us for today’s feast, in which we honor the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come! Thy will be done!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come! Thy will be done!

In Matthew 11, verses 27-30, we read,  “All things are delivered to Me by My Father. And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is sweet and My burden light.” Matthew 11, 16-30.  Continue reading “The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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.”

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!

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.

The Message of Fatima and the Way of Divine Love – Updated

After I published the post below, I was reminded by an alert reader that the Way of Divine Love may be confused with the false devotion to the Divine Mercy. That devotion was condemned by the same Pope, Pius XII who approved Sister Josefa’s Way of Divine Love. The revelations of Divine Mercy were also condemned twice by Pope John XXIII’s Holy Office. In fact, the image itself was condemned. It was not until John Paul II got his saint-making factory geared up that we had the novelty of a false apparition being proclaimed by a Pope.

The Divine Mercy image itself mocks the beautiful image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Instead of pointing to His Heart, pierced by a lance, encircled in cruel thorns (our sins) and burning with love for souls, we have a strange image purporting to be Jesus pointing to His chest. No heart because no suffering, no suffering because no sin. No sin means mercy unconditional, right in line with the post-conciliar church’s emphasis on universal salvation. No “solemn nonsense” here!

Sister Faustina, in her writings claims that Jesus told her that,  “I am uniting Myself with you so intimately as with no other creature.” (Divine Mercy in My Soul, The Diary of Sr. Faustina, Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 1987, p. 288) By that one quote Sister Faustina  claims that Jesus esteems her higher than the Blessed Virgin Mary! There are many other similar quotes in her writings. And so, it is best to steer clear of the devotion to the Divine Mercy, which offers no real benefit that cannot be received through devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The distinction between the Way of Divine Love and the false Divine Mercy is that the Way of Divine Love teaches us that God’s love for us is inseparable from His justice and that love entails reparation. That is essential in these times. The false devotion to the Divine Mercy reflects the entire post Vatican emphasis on the saccharin “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” It appeals to the limp-wristed, perverted church of today where the only true sinners are those who obey the Church’s true teachings.

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Sister Josefa Menendez received her apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus while cloistered in the Convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Poitiers, France from 1920 through 1923 when she died. The messages which she received from the Sacred Heart of Jesus are completely complementary with the message of Fatima and are especially beneficial in carrying out the commands given by Our Lord to Sister Lucia that we offer to Him as a sacrifice, all our daily duties.

As I continue my preparation for the renewal of my Total Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary on December 8th, Sister Josefa’s book, The Way of Divine Love has been a wonderful help. It is published by TAN and has an endorsement by Pope Pius XII. I strongly recommend it! Here is a good excerpt from it, although almost any page would have yielded a similar result, it is that packed with beautiful inspirations! From pages 213-215:

“Write for My souls…The soul who constantly unites her life with Mine glorifies Me and does a great work for souls. Thus, if engaged on work of no value in itself…if she bathes it in My Blood or unites it to the work I myself did during My mortal life, it will greatly benefit souls ... more perhaps, than if she had preached to the whole world … and that, whether she studies, speaks or writes … whether she sews, sweeps or rests … provided first that the act is sanctioned by obedience or duty and not done from mere caprice; and secondly that it is done in intimate union with Me, with great purity of intention and covered with My Blood.

“I so much want souls to understand this! It is not the action itself which is of value; it is the intention with which it is done. … I have many hidden souls who in their humble labors are very useful workers in My vineyard, for they are moved by love, and they know how to cover their deeds with supernatural gold by bathing them in My Blood. My love goes so far that My souls can draw great treasure out of mere nothing. When as soon as they wake they unite themselves to Me and offer their whole day with a burning desire that My Heart may use it for the profit of souls … when with love they perform their duties, hour by hour and moment by moment … how great is the treasure they amass in one day!

“I will reveal My love to them more and more … it is inexhaustible, and how easy it is for a loving soul to let itself be guided by love.”

The following day, Our Lord told Sister Josefa:

“I would like them to know how much I desire their perfection, and that it consists in doing their ordinary actions in intimate union with Me. If they once grasped this, they could divinize their life and all their activities by this close union with My Heart … and how great is the value of a divinized day! … When a soul is burnt up with desire to love, nothing is a burden to her, but if she feels cold and spiritless everything becomes hard and difficult … let her then come to My Heart to revive her courage … Let her offer Me her dejection and unite it to My fervor; then she may rest content, for her day will be of incomparable value to souls. All human miseries are known to My Heart, and My compassion for them is great. …

“But I desire souls to unite themselves to Me not only in a general way. I long for this union to be constant and intimate as it is between friends who live together, for even if they are not talking all the time, at least they look at each other, and their mutual affectionate little kindnesses are the fruit of their love.

“… But if she (soul) is in the throes of desolation and anguish, she need not fear. I am content with a glance, I understand and this mere look will draw down on her special proofs of My tenderness. I will repeat again to souls how My Heart loves them for I want them to know Me thoroughly that they may make me known to those I place in their care.

“I ardently desire My chosen souls to fix their eyes on Me and never turn them away .. and among them there should be no mediocrity, which usually is the result of a misunderstanding of My love. No! It is neither difficult nor hard to love My Heart, but on the contrary, it is sweet and easy. They need do nothing extraordinary to attain a high degree of love: purity of intention, be the action great or small … intimate union with My Heart and love will do the rest.”

Once I discovered, by God’s grace, Our Lady of Fatima’s true message, I struggled mightily with the task of offering my daily duties as reparation, but quickly became discouraged. And then, once again by praying to Sister Lucia to help me, I discovered Sister Josefa’s marvelously simple “Way of Divine Love” and it has profited me immensely! I wish I could express to you how valuable this book is and hope that by reading the above excerpt you will be inclined to obtain a copy. It is also available as a Kindle download. Both versions are reasonably priced.

Now here is a neat coincidence: Sister Josefa was Spanish and her sister Angela entered the Carmel of Coimbra and I have read that she was Mistress of Novices when Sister Lucia entered the Carmel! Wouldn’t you love to have been able to be a “fly on the wall” at their meetings!

"Behold my Heart."
“Behold my Heart.”

The thing I like about Sister Josefa’s message is that it is balanced. As you read her life, you cannot help but be impressed by the sacrificial nature of it – the diabolical attacks, the descents into Hell itself, the great suffering, but also the peace and joy that came from total oblation to the will of God, total union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It seems clear to me that Sister Josefa’s messages comply perfectly with Sister Lucia’s.

We are now going through such challenging times and I believe that Pope Francis has yet more misery in store for us; but we have been given such tremendous blessings! We know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus will sustain us and our loved ones and that they have provided us with a safe passage through the chaos and the shortest path to union with them.

Thanks be to God!

Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ posted by evensong ~