“If thou lovest Me… thou wilt console Me.”

“If thou lovest Me, thou wilt repair; if thou repairest, thou wilt console Me; and then thou wilt be a faithful spouse.”

– Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata Ferrero

“It will be thy mission to console the infinite love of God, which seeks solace from its little creature.”

– Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

Jesus is Worthy of Consolation

In the book ‘The Life of St. Joseph’, which consists of private revelations dictated by Our Lord to Maria Cecilia Baij (a Benedictine nun), it is said that even as an infant, Jesus would often weep at the thought of sin. Whether or not you believe this pious narrative, it confirms something very important, which we need to be aware of if we wish to console Jesus: sin offends God and wounds His tender Heart: that Heart which is not tainted by the slightest imperfection, and is therefore penetrated with a degree of love, suffering, and a hatred of sin that no human can conceive!

If I saw a child left naked, starving and suffering on the side of the street, I would not hesitate to assist them. How is it, then, that I do so little to console my Saviour, Who is most worthy of compassion? If we beheld the Infant Jesus crucified on the Cross, would we not weep? But this is the same Jesus that suffered and suffers (mystically in the Holy Mass) for our salvation!*

Jesus Desires Our Consolation

“My Heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with Me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort Me, and I found none.” (Psalm 69:20)

“Keep Me company in the Blessed Sacrament. I remain in the tabernacle night and day, waiting to give My love and grace to all who would visit Me. But so few come. I am so abandoned, so lonely, so offended… Many men do not believe that I live in the tabernacle. They curse Me. Others believe, but do not love Me and do not visit Me; they live as if I were not there.” – Jesus to Bl. Alexandrina da Costa

“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls and especially for poor sinners…. I desire to bestow my graces upon souls [from the tabernacle] but they do not want to accept them. You, at least, come to Me as often as you can and take these graces they do not want to accept. In this way you will console my Heart.” – Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary, 367)

“The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead but for an Hour of companionship.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“This Heart…I want you to rest in It as a child, to love It as a spouse, and to console It as a victim.” – Jesus to Sr. Josefa Menendez

“Let all thy actions bear the impress of reparation and thou wilt console My Heart. Let thy life be a life of love and reparation… Not only can you serve me, you can also console me… How happy you should be to be able to console me at every moment of your lives!” – Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

How to Console Jesus

“… exercising charity and confidence, thou wilt console My Heart.”

– Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

(“No sacrifice is more acceptable to God than zeal for souls.” – Pope St. Gregory the Great)

“The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners (The Rosary and the Mass as most powerful in this regard). The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.” – Jesus to St. Faustina (Similar words were spoken to St. Margaret Mary)

“The smallest act, if done out of love, acquires such merit that it gives Me immense consolation.” – Jesus to Sr. Josefa Menendez (Remember that what we do for our neighbour, Jesus accepts as being done to Himself: “Love others because they need it to become better, as you yourself need to be loved. My daughter, all that you do to others is really done to Me.” – Jesus to Sr. Mary of the Trinity)

“My Heart overflows with graces for souls. Lead them to my Eucharist Heart.” – Jesus to Bl. Dina Belanger

“I firmly wish that My face reflecting the intimate pains of my soul, the suffering and love of My heart, be more honoured! Whoever gazes upon Me already consoles Me.” Jesus to Sr. Pierina

“I want souls who are dedicated with fervour, with determination and without looking for rest, to plead day and night (before the Blessed Sacrament) for my priests.” – Jesus to Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida

The Fruits of Consoling Jesus

Firstly, it must be said that those who live in serious unrepentant sin, inflict untold pain on the Heart of Jesus. Many blind sinners believe that once they are “saved” there is no need for ongoing conversion; this is pure deception; “Their hope is the abomination of the soul” (Job 11:20). Commenting on this Scripture, St. Alphonsus says: “Yes, God is merciful, but in the way Wisdom expresses itself in the Canticle of the Canticles: ‘His mercy is for those who fear Him.’ Our Lord exercises mercy toward those who fear offending Him, but not toward those who use His mercy as a pretext to insult Him.” In other words, a necessary condition for receiving God’s mercy is contrition and a firm purpose of amendment. Only with humble and contrite hearts can we experience the fruits of consoling/loving Jesus.

“This God of love wishes to be to me a brother, friend and consoler.” – Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata (Dictated in His ‘Decalogue of Confidence’)

Meditation on the eighth station of the Cross (Jesus consoles the pious women): “The attraction of the most sweet Heart of Jesus is to console those who suffer, to compassionate the miseries of His poor creatures, and ever to show them mercy. Let him who wishes to prove it, come to Me, He says. Let him who would purchase relief and mercy, go to Jesus and present for payment his very miseries; and the merciful Jesus will accept them provided they are offered with humility, confidence and love.” – Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

“O My Jesus, I will console Thy Heart, so desirous of consuming our miseries, and do Thou console mine by giving me Thy holy peace.” – Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata (This is a suggested prayer for us in some sense)

******* “I confide precious secrets to souls who are willing to console Me in My agony.” *******

– Jesus to Bl. Dina Belanger

Consoling Words for Those Who Suffer

“I loved suffering, I the Man of Sorrows; I chose it because it makes reparation for sins when it is offered with love…. when suffering is joined to love, the proofs of love given through suffering are a true reparation offered to God. It is giving God something that He does not have in His Heaven. Therefore, I chose suffering so that all My creatures, even the most miserable, like yourself, might have something precious to offer to God.” – Jesus to Sr. Mary of the Trinity

 (A beautiful doctrine is that, being members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we can also offer to God the sufferings of our neighbour, in union with the sufferings of Jesus, which are of infinite value. We may also do this for those who do not believe.)

“Let these souls so dear to God, and who are resolutely determined to belong entirely to Him, take comfort, although at the same time they see themselves deprived of every consolation. Their desolation is a sign of their being very acceptable to God, and that He has for them a place prepared in his heavenly Kingdom, which overflows with consolations as full as they are lasting. And let them hold for certain, that the more they are afflicted in this present life, so much the more they shall be consoled in eternity…” – Saint Alphonsus Liguori

“There is no more evident sign that anyone is a saint and of the number of the elect, than to see him leading a good life and at the same time a prey to desolation, suffering, and trials.” – Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Do not let the prospect of suffering disturb you. Rather, consider the following words:

“Oh, if you only knew how paltry these little nothings are about which some make such a fuss. The devil makes use of these little straws to check the progress of a soul and obstruct all the good that she is called to do. Do not let yourself be caught in these meshes. Have a large heart and pass over all these little miseries without even noticing them. Jesus should be a sufficient attraction for you to prevent your being hindered by anything whatsoever outside of Him. See everything as coming from His bounty, whether He afflicts or consoles you. It is His love that arranges everything for the benefit of His friends. Never allow yourself to be discouraged. In a few hours, or even in the twinkling of an eye, Jesus could bring you to the summit of perfection which He desires for you. But no, He prefers your own efforts and He wants you to see for yourself how hard and rugged is the way to perfection.” – A soul in Purgatory to Sr. M. G.

“I long to console my Jesus: oh, what suffering was His in the Garden of Olives… What a mysterious privilege to be specially chosen to console Him.”

– Bl. Dina Belanger

“Cast a glance upon Jesus on the Cross, and thou wilt see thy program of mortification. Spiritual consolations will be thy recompense; the more thou dost mortify the flesh, the more capable wilt thou be of comprehending the things of God. Jesus will dwell in thee according to the capacity He finds there.” – Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

* Let us not become discouraged on account of our past sins; Jesus can draw good from them; as St. Frances of Rome says: “His mercy is as boundless as His power.” Likewise, let us not become scrupulous or discouraged about the future, “For a just man shall fall seven times and shall rise again.”

Our Lord said to Sr. Benigna Consolata: “Imperfections cannot displease Me, unless the souls loves them. She should use them as so many steps of the ladder to mount to Me by means of humility, confidence and love.” Focus on the love of God, and on loving God; this way, we will receive many graces and acquire an aversion of sin. Do not lose your peace when you fall; humble yourself and respond to God’s grace as soon as you feel it stir within your soul; “Do not let sin grow old in thee”, said Our Lord to St. Gertrude. Do not expect to be canonized in one day or you are setting yourself up for discouragement!