Victim of love
Fr. Jordi Rivero
According to the secular definition, a victim is one who suffers an injustice. It is seen therefore as something to be avoided if we can. In Catholic usage, a victim soul is often described as a person who has accepted God's invitation to suffer more than most, in union with Christ's own Passion and Death. An objection is then raised. Is this a wise choice for young people or for parents who can best care for their children when they are healthy? Is it not enough, they ask, to fulfill the duties of their state in life with all its inherent sufferings? If God wants victim souls, would He not call them from the ranks of priests and religious?
But Love Crucified community understands "Victim soul" in the way of St. Therese of Lisieux. Her focus was not in the suffering but in love. Love moved her to be willing to suffer anything for Christ:
To offer oneself as a victim to Divine Love is not to offer oneself to sweetness - to consolation; but to every anguish, every bitterness, for Love lives only by sacrifice; and the more a soul wills to be surrendered to Love, the more must she be surrendered to suffering.
One thing is to be willing to suffer everything for love and quite another is to seek suffering.
St. Therese wrote:
To offer oneself to love is an entirely different thing to offering oneself to His Justice. One does not suffer more. It is a matter only of loving God more for those who do not love Him.
The Ven. Archbishop Luis Maria Martinez:
To offer ourselves as a victim does not mean that after a few days a terrible suffering will come upon us, be it of the soul or the body. No; to offer ourselves as victim is to tell Our Lord that we are disposed to suffer whatever He wants.
We understand victim soul in Christ's act of love which we are called to enter. We become the grain of wheat buried in the earth. Those who trust him and love him sincerely accept dying to themselves. For whoever seeks to keep his life for himself loses it. (cf. Jn 12,24-25).
Pope Benedict XVI
The Church's experience shows that every form of holiness, even if it follows different paths, always passes through the Way of the Cross, the way of self-denial. The Saints' biographies describe men and women who, docile to the divine plan, sometimes faced unspeakable trials and suffering, persecution and martyrdom. They persevered in their commitment: "they... have come out of the great tribulation", one reads in Revelation, "they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Ap 7,14). Their names are written in the book of life (cf. Ap 20,12) and Heaven is their eternal dwelling-place.
The example of the Saints encourages us to follow in their same footsteps and to experience the joy of those who trust in God, for the one true cause of sorrow and unhappiness for men and women is to live far from him.
Holiness demands a constant effort, but it is possible for everyone because, rather than a human effort, it is first and foremost a gift of God, thrice Holy (cf. Is 6,3). In the second reading, the Apostle John remarks: "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are" (1Jn 3,1).
It is God, therefore, who loved us first and made us his adoptive sons in Jesus. Everything in our lives is a gift of his love: how can we be indifferent before such a great mystery? How can we not respond to the Heavenly Father's love by living as grateful children? In Christ, he gave us the gift of his entire self and calls us to a personal and profound relationship with him.
Consequently, the more we imitate Jesus and remain united to him the more we enter into the mystery of his divine holiness. We discover that he loves us infinitely, and this prompts us in turn to love our brethren. Loving always entails an act of self-denial, "losing ourselves", and it is precisely this that makes us happy. -Feast of All Saints, Nov 1, 2006
The trials of life, while helping us to understand the mystery of the Cross and to participate in the sufferings of Christ (cf. Col 1:24), are a prelude to the joy and hope to which faith leads: "when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor 12:10). Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei
In light of the mystery of Christ, the above definitions are incomplete. They focus on a legal view of the economy of justice but do not take into account that Christ's redemption comes through his revelation of divine love.
Understanding Victimhood in light of Christ's love
Victimhood needs to be understood as an essential aspect of dying to self to be transformed in Christ. He came to bring back to the Father a people who were alienated because of selfishness. He did so by giving Himself in love without counting the cost. As a man, He gave to the Father what in all eternity He gives Him: total loving obedience. This is manifested in His Victimhood. Thus Christ's victimhood is that of a human heart that loves and reveals divine love. The Cross is the full expression of victim love. The Father is pleased with love of the Son. In Him all things are restored.
Salvation is only possible through union with Christ.
Jesus does not free us from the dominion of darkness only to let us fend for ourselves. That would only cause us to revert into darkness. Salvation brings about the restoration of God's marvelous plan that we be sons and daughters in virtue of our union with the Son, Christ. This is what Christ came for. He unites us to the Father in Himself. We are a new creation in Christ, one Body.
Thus we must be united to the ONE pleasing Victim of Love: Christ our Savior. St. Paul teaches that Christian identity requires "To give oneself with Christ, and in this way participate personally in the life of Christ himself to the point of being immersed in him, sharing both in his death as well as his life." -Benedict XVI, Nov 8, 2006
All the baptized participate in the in Christ's priestly office.
The Catechism #901-902:
Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvelously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit maybe produced in them. For all their works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit - indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born - all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord. And so, worshipping everywhere by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives. cf. LG 10, 1 Pet 2:5.
In a very special way, parents share in the office of sanctifying "by leading a conjugal life in the Christian spirit and by seeing to the Christian education of their children." can. 835 # 4.
Our Lord instituted the Eucharist, the sacrament of his Body and Blood. Jesus’ gift of himself anticipates his sacrifice on the Cross and his glorious Resurrection. The Eucharist is the supreme prayer of Jesus and of his Church... His act of breaking the bread and offering the cup on the night before he died becomes the sign of his redemptive self-oblation in obedience to the Father’s will: he thus appears as the true paschal lamb who brings the ancient worship to fulfilment. Jesus’ prayer also invokes strength for his disciples, especially Peter (cf. Lk 22:31-32). May our celebration of the Eucharist, in obedience to Christ’s command, unite us more deeply to his prayer at the Last Supper and enable us, in union with him, to offer our lives ever more fully in sacrifice to the Father. 1/11/12
St. Paul writes about the love of the cross. Ephesians 5:2
So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
It is false, therefore, to say that Christ became a victim so that we don't have to be. Sacred Scripture and the magisterium clearly teach that in Christ and with His grace, we become victims of love. We live no longer for ourselves but in loving obedience, giving all to the Father. We must have the same heart of Christ, the same will, the same love and thus the same total surrender of our lives to Him. This is to be a victim of love.
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Mt 16:24-25
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer by human passions but by the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2
Jesus is not speaking here about an optional spirituality. Jesus is proclaiming the way for all, the way for "ANY" man that would follow Him. We, the body, must follow the way of Christ the Head. This is the faith of the Church. This is the path followed by all the saints since the beginning.
Call it as you wish as long as you do not dilute the reality: The way of Christ is the way of the victim of love. One Body in Christ, offering in love to the Father. This is not a burden but rather the privilege of the children of God that Christ earned for us.
Christ gives Himself to us first to enkindle in us the fire of His love. This love embraces any suffering or trial. Sacrificial self giving is the very nature of love. It brings us to closer union with Christ and thus to great joy. We are not separate victims. Rather, we share in the one victimhood of Christ.
Victimhood understood this way is at the heart of the life of all the baptized and therefore cannot be the exclusive privilege of priests and religious.
Let us see how the term "victim" is used in the spirituality of the cross. A happily married woman, mother of 9, Blessed Concepcion (Conchita) Cabrera de Armida wrote in her diary what Jesus told her about His mother:
She nourished Me to be a Victim attaining the supreme immolation of her soul when She delivered Me up to be crucified. It was one and the same sacrifice. Mine on the Cross and the one which took place in her heart… (Diary April 6, 1928)
I must be offered by you, at every moment, as a victim on behalf of men; and you, united with the great Victim with all His perfections. I want you to offer yourself as did Mary, with her very virtues and qualities,. Imitate her and model your own heart on this so beautiful an image. (Diary, 2/2/1907)
The Venerable Fr. Felix Rougier, MSp.S.:
"To be self-sacrificing is to say many times during the day: "Nothing for me, all for Jesus."
"The most perfect advice I can give you regarding this point is what our spirituality points out: ‘To be victims in union with Jesus who always offered himself to the Father, moved by the great love that the Holy Spirit had poured out of Him.
To be victims with Jesus does not necessarily mean to do penance. Rather it is an internal attitude. It is a constant YES to everything God wants; a big YES AS LARGE AS THE SKY; A CONFIDENT GENEROUS SURRENDER, WITHOUT LIMIT OR CONDITION. That is what it means to be a victim; it does not mean to do something, but to really love, accepting all the consequences of true love.
Jesus’ time came. Perhaps He did not do penance, but one night the hour of Gethsemani arrived, of the unjust judgment and of the condemnation and the lashes and carrying the cross and being nailed to it; and Jesus said YES to the Father. "Not my will but your’s be done." "Father, I place my life in Your hands."
"Our time" will come to each of us. A time of sickness, of a very violent temptation; a time to lose our beloved relatives or friends; a time of misunderstandings, false accusations, persecution, unjust judgments. And then we will say the same YES of Jesus, closely united to Him and with the force of the same Holy Spirit who always gave Jesus the courage and light and love to offer Himself to the Father for the salvation of all."
"Do you understand the Spirituality of the Cross? It is to be self-sacrificing, it is to carry one’s cross together with Jesus." -Risking the Future Pg 103-104.
A growing awareness of Victimhood
"Victim love" may not be popular to modern man; it may be much rejected even by Christians, but God is actually increasing the Church's understanding of its necessity and urgency. The XX Century had more martyrs than any other century, hundreds are already canonized. It is notable how many modern day saints explicitly offered themselves as victims of love and wrote about it as THE path of love.
Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,’
Victimhood is immolation and oblation in Him.
A victim in the Old Testament was a living creature offered to God in adoration. How can does this apply to us today?
The victim was immolated (destroyed) in the sacrifice: we do not kill our bodies but we must put to death the rebelliousness of our body, a death to self, so that we are born again in the Spirit.
It required oblation (offering): the voluntary surrender of the victim who gives all to unite with the beloved. All in our life becomes an opportunity to unite with Christ. Life becomes a gift of love freely offered.
In the Church we say "Lex orandi, lex credendi" (what we pray is what we believe) We must pay attention to what we pray at Mass: Eucharistic Prayer III: "Look we pray upon the oblation of our Church and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son and filled with the Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ.
The same canon links our being an offering with Christ with our salvation: "May he make us an eternal offering to you, so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect"
Victimhood is a grace of participation in the victimhood of God, as required by love.
To understand victimhood we need to turn our gaze to the Trinity.
From eternity the Father gives Himself to the Son because He loves Him. The Son likewise loves the Father and gives Himself to Him. Their love is a Person, the Holy Spirit. Thus God is Trinity abiding in the unity of love.
We think of loving as giving something, even perhaps giving something of ourselves. But the Father does not give the Son "something". Rather, He gives Himself in totality. There is nothing of the Father that is not in the Son. This total giving of self is the essence of victimhood! Thus the Father, in this sense, is a victim of love!
The Son receives all from the Father and gives Himself in totality to the Father, thus the Son is a victim of love given to the Father. Father and Son are in each other in their total mutual self giving, so perfectly that they are one in being. "Thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee" (Jn 17:21).
Love revealed to us
The love between Father and Son, hidden from eternity because of our sins, became visible at the incarnation. The Father gave us His all by giving us His Son. The Son, now with a human heart, continues to receive all from the Father and gives all back to Him.
"He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, "show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? (Jn 14:9-10)
All of Jesus' words and actions throughout His life, culminating at the cross, reveal the victim love of the Father who is in Him. By giving Himself as a victim, Jesus is giving what He has received from the Father. That means He learned to be victim of love from the Father. The Father is not a victim that is destroyed but a victim in the sense that He gives Himself without ceasing.
Christ died that we be one with God.
Christ, in his final prayer at the Last Supper, reveals that He was sent by the Father to draw us into their unity and thus into their victim love.
Jn 17:21 "That they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me. 26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."
Jesus renders His heart open in this prayer showing His most profound desire for our unity with Him and with each other. Notice how many times He pleads for us to abide in divine unity.
This unity is such that it makes us Christ's Body, able to receive the Father's love and offer ourselves in union with Christ. Thus, we are not additional victims but rather the living body of the one Victim: Christ. When we unite to Him our daily duties, our sufferings and joys, our sacrifices for the sake of our brethren, we are allowing Him to live in us and this becomes our joy.
Col 1:24 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church"
St Paul wrote: "I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Rom 12:1-2
This we are called to do at every mass where, as victims of love, we unite ourselves to Christ the Victim, giving all to the Father. We go to Mass to die with Christ and rise with Him. All in us is surrendered through Him, with Him, in Him. If we want to be saints, we must be one with Christ. We can never say: "Christ is the victim, not me" or "some are called to offer themselves completely but that is not my vocation."
The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: "The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different." "And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner. . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory."
1368 The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the Church. The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. She unites herself to his intercession with the Father for all men. In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ's sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering. In the catacombs the Church is often represented as a woman in prayer, arms outstretched in the praying position. Like Christ who stretched out his arms on the cross, through him, with him, and in him, she offers herself and intercedes for all men.
We silently join the offering as Christ speaks through the priest the words of consecration: "For this is My Body, which will be given for you"; "For this is the chalice of My Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me"
L.C. members say this prayer at the moment of the consecration of the Precious Blood which we learned from Ven. Conchita:
Beloved Father! Through the immaculate hands of Mary, receive my blood which I place in that chalice in union with the blood of Jesus, sacrificing it for love of you, for your priests and for the salvation and regeneration of the world through the cross. Accept it, Father, and sprinkle with it the good and the bad, the living and the dead, making fruitful the field of the Church through this sacrifice. Amen Jesus savior of mankind, save them!
We continue the offering during the day. This will be so if we open our hearts and share in the disposition of the Christ the Victim. -Eucharist
Fire upon the earth
Jesus holds nothing back because His Heart is filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit. His Heart is bursting with love.
Lc 12:49-51 "I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!
He wants to cast this Holy Spirit fire upon the earth, upon each one of us, to make us one with Him. Notice that for the fire to come, Jesus must enter His baptism. That means that he was immersed in the will of His Father unto its fulfillment at the cross. If we are one with Christ, we too must be immersed in the will of God and become an offering, a victim of love given without reserve.
God waits for the FIAT that signals our total surrender. We don't just offer something. We offer ourselves without reserve, our entire being, our will, our heart, our body and soul, one with Him. This is to be with Christ victims of love.
Our life is an offering of love. Our crosses, including the injustices we suffer, as well as the daily duties, are powerful when done with great love and united with Christ. "The smallest movement of pure love is worth more to the Church than all works put together." -St. John of the Cross. See also: "The little way of St Therese."
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me". Gal 2:20
We realize that our offering is imperfect and unfinished. We are, like St. Paul, running the race, learning to love and to offer. It is a process and we shall not despair due to our failures and setbacks. The summit is not reached without struggle and perseverance. We also offer to the Lord our falls as long as we get up and keep on the race.
Mary, the perfect Victim.
At the cross Mary suffered with her son as the perfect victim of love. Both consummated the victim love they always lived by. The two were one in love to the depth of their hearts, thus they were also one in suffering and in victimhood. "a sword will pierce your own soul too" Lc 2:35. Their lives became one offering. He as Redeemer and she as co-redeemer. Since we too are members of Christ's body, she helps us in our weakness by taking us to the cross as she took St. John. Our offering is perfected when we respond by living our consecration to our Blessed Mother.
Mary asks us to console the Lord by becoming victims with her.
In the approved apparition at Akita, Japan, said in Aug.3, 1973:
Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates. In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father's anger. I desire this also from your community...that it love poverty, that it sanctify itself and pray in reparation for the ingratitude and outrages of so many men.
Our FIAT opens the way for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Filled with the Holy Spirit we are a new creation in Christ, empowered to live in His Love. Then Jesus can cast fire upon the earth through us. This is the only way that evangelization is effective.
Our offering obtains from Christ many graces for others too. We offer ourselves for many, specially for the priests. It is a joy to know that we are cooperating in the salvation of souls.
Jesus to St. Faustina:
My Daughter, I want to instruct you on how you are to rescue souls through sacrifice and prayer. You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone. I want to see you as a sacrifice of living love, which only then carries weight before Me. You must be annihilated, destroyed, living as if you were dead in the most secret depths of your being. You must be destroyed in that secret depth where the human eye has never penetrated; then will I find in you a pleasing sacrifice, a holocaust full of sweetness and fragrance. And great will be your power for whomever you intercede. Outwardly, your sacrifice must look like this: silent, hidden, permeated with love, imbued with prayer. I demand, My daughter, that your sacrifice be pure and full of humility, that I may find pleasure in it. I will not spare My grace, that you may be able to fulfill what I demand of you. –Diary #1752
I will now instruct you on what your holocaust shall consist of, in everyday life, so as to preserve you from illusions. You shall accept all sufferings with love. Do not be afflicted if your heart often experiences repugnance and dislike for sacrifice. All its power rests in the will, and so these contrary feelings, far from lowering the value of the sacrifice in my eyes, will enhance it. Know that your body and soul will often be in the midst of fire. Although you will not feel my presence on some occasions, I will always be with you. Do not fear; My grace will be with you... –#1767
Blessed John Paul II:
United with Christ, Priest and Victim, I offer my sufferings for the Church and for the world. To you, Mary, I repeat: 'Totus tuus ergo sum.' (I am all yours).
Jesus to Mother Teresa of Calcutta:
I want victims of My love "Wilt thou refuse? When there was a question of thy soul I did not think of Myself but gave Myself freely for thee on the cross and what about thee? Wilt thou refuse? I want Indian nuns victims of My love, who would be Mary and Martha, who would be so very united to Me as to radiate My love on souls. I want free nuns covered with My poverty of the Cross. - I want obedient nuns covered with My obedience on the Cross. I want full of love nuns covered with My charity of the cross. - Wilt thou refuse to do this for me?"
You have become My Spouse for My love - you have come to India for me. The thirst you had for souls brought you so far. - Are you afraid now to take one more step for your Spouse - for Me - for souls? Is your generosity grown cold? Am I a second to you? You did not die for souls - that is why you don't care what happens to them. - Your heart was never drowned in sorrow as was My Mother's. - we both gave our all for souls - and you? You are afraid, that you will lose your vocation - you will be wanting in perseverance. No - your vocation is to love and suffer and save souls and by taking the step you will fulfill My Heart's desire for you.
Messages to our LC community:
That is why I desire many victim souls, for it is only the power of pure love that will pierce the darkness that is seeping into the hearts and minds of My people. Bring Me victim souls My little one. Do not be afraid. 1/29/11
St. Joseph and Mary were perfect holy victim souls. They were united as one to the Victim of Love. St. Joseph never uttered a complaint during his many trials, struggles, and sufferings. The human existence here on earth is full of struggles, challenges, difficulties, sufferings, trials and tears because of the fall. I came to transform human suffering through My death and resurrection. The Holy Family lived the human condition through Me, with Me and in Me, thus their lives were transformed into Love, the love of the Most Holy Trinity. The world is foundering into the abyss of evil and darkness because My Spirit is not sought and loved. It is through Mary, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, that you obtain most perfectly the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that will unite you as One Body to My crucified Love to participate in the salvation of the world. It is only My victim souls who participate in the work of Redemption and who will conquer the principalities of death with Me. Therefore, My little one, bring me victim souls! 1/31/11
Remain steadfast in your preaching and teaching about victim souls. You will bring many to find the secret passage that leads to transformation into Me; the passage that brings a soul into the life of the most Holy Trinity. St. Paul entered this passage as he declares when he says, "I have been crucified with Christ." It is a victim soul's 'yes' that 'stirs into flame' the power of the Holy Spirit so that the Holy Spirit can lead a docile and willing soul to die with Me. It is this voluntary death that brings the soul to new life. That is why St. Paul can now say, " It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." I continue to thirst for love, but it is only the love of My victim souls that satisfies My thirst. It is only the love of My victim souls that has the power to appease the justice of God. Therefore, bring Me many victim souls. 2/1/11
The Power of a Victim Soul
During an exorcism, a demon was forced to speak thus: "The crucified souls are the ones," said the demon, "that will wage war against us. A faithful soul is more powerful than hell, but a crucified soul is more powerful than a thousand hells." Thus the victim souls will bring peace back into the Church when they have completed their suffering.
"Mary Crushes the Serpent -30 Years of Experiences As An Exorcist Told In His Own Words"--Sequel to "Begone Satan". Edited by Rev. Theodore Geiger.
Translated: by Rev. Celestine Kapsner, O.S.B.
Jesus, the absolute master, rules in love
“The divine heart [of Jesus] wishes to be absolute master of yours . . . It has loved people so much that it utterly spent itself on the tree of the cross to prove its love, and continues to do so in the Blessed Sacrament” -St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Paray le Monial.
Be constant in practicing every virtue, and especially in imitating the patience of our dear Jesus, for this is the summit of pure love. Live in such a way that all may know that you bear outwardly as well as inwardly the image of Christ crucified, the model of all gentleness and mercy. - St. Paul of the Cross
Plead for mercy united to Christ
Oh my God, I am conscious of my mission in the Holy Church. It is my constant endeavor to plead for mercy for the world. I unite myself closely with Jesus and stand before Him as an atoning sacrifice on behalf of the world. God will refuse me nothing when I entreat Him with the voice of His Son. My sacrifice is nothing in itself, but when I join it to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it becomes all-powerful and has the power to appease divine wrath. God loves us in the Son; the painful Passion of the Son of God constantly turns aside the wrath of God. -St Faustina, Diary No. 482
Vatican II deplored "the dichotomy between the faith which many profess and the practice of their daily lives." The council called this "one of the gravest errors of our time" (Gaudium et Spes, 43).
Beware of becoming lukewarm.
"Easily we become comfortable, self centered. We must keep on the fire of love. We are more responsible since we have received much. "Lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep them alive: MY HEART cannot bear this. All the graces that I pour out upon them flow off them as off the face of a rock. I cannot stand them, because they are neither good nor bad. The great sins of the world are superficial wounds on MY HEART, but the sins of a chosen soul pierce My Heart through and through.." St. Faustina's Diary #1702-3
Zeal to conquer.
"And this was his strength (St Paul's): He did not seek a tranquil, comfortable life, far from difficulties and contradictions; rather, he wore himself out for the sake of the Gospel, he gave himself entirely and without reserve, and in this way he became the great messenger of Christ's peace and reconciliation. The sword that St. Paul holds also recalls the power of truth, which can often wound, can hurt: the Apostle remained faithful to this truth to the end; he served it; he suffered for it; he gave over his life for it. This same logic holds true also for us if we want to be bearers of the kingdom and peace announced by the Prophet Zechariah and fulfilled by Christ: We must be willing to pay personally, to suffer in the first person misunderstanding, rejection, persecution. It is not the sword of the conqueror that builds peace, but the sword of the sufferer, of he who knows how to give his very life -Benedict XVI
Encounter with Jesus is the essence of all reform
"The essence of the crisis of the Church... is the crisis of faith. If we find no answer to this, if faith does not take on new life, deep conviction and real strength from the encounter with Jesus Christ, then all other reforms will remain ineffective" -Benedict XVI, Dec 22, 2011
11/1/12 All Saints Day
A victim soul voluntarily chooses to become one with the slaughtered Lamb of God. They choose to wear My wounds of love. In this perfect union of love they receive the power of God to redeem and save souls with Me. Many are being made clean through the lives of My victim souls. These souls are the ones who truly become My mystical Body, and because of this, share in the redemption of humanity. The salvation of the multitudes depends on the response of My victim souls.(JN 6:8,9) These are My saints whose robes have been made clean through the Blood of the Lamb of God and have become pure in the image and likeness of God (1JN 3:3 / Rev. 7:14).
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?"
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels stood round the throne and round the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God for ever and ever! Amen."
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and whence have they come?"I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night within his temple; and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. -1JN 3:2-3