About Littlest Souls…

Shortly before her death, St. Therese, “the greatest Saint of modern times” (St. Pope Pius X), spoke these prophetic words: “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses.”

And what a shower it has been! Since her death in 1897, Almighty God has used this young Saint – “Little Therese,” as she likes to be called – to confound the proud; to restore hope to despairing souls; to encourage the timid; to inspire; and most of all, to remind sinful and weak humanity that God is our loving Father, without Whom we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with Whom we can do all things (Matthew 19:26).

“… I tell everything to LITTLE SOULS; they deprive Me of nothing; they direct all praise, honour, and glory to Me alone.”

– Jesus to Sr. Consolata Betrone (d. 1946)

St. Therese reminds us that the “little way” of spiritual childhood is the only way to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3). She reminds us that, however sinful our past, however weak we may be, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is always open to us.

“Yea I have loved thee with everlasting love, therefore have I drawn thee, taking pity on thee.”

– Jeremiah 31:3

God loves us so much – far more than we can imagine.  “My Benigna,” said Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata, “I thirst for the love of My creatures.” “Ah!” lamented Our Lord to Sr. Josefa Menendez, “If only they knew My Heart…mankind is ignorant of Its mercy and goodness: that is My greatest sorrow.”

In a revelation to Servant of God Yvonne Aimée (d. 1951), St. Therese said:

“You will help me to shower roses on the Earth.”

It is my hope that this blog will, in some small way, contribute to this shower of roses. The purpose of “Littlest Souls” – a term coined by Sr. Consolata Betrone – is to spread the message of the “little way” – especially by means of promoting the message of the Divine Mercy.

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“I want you to be very little, because when you are little, I carry you close to My Heart.”

– Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary, 1481)

“Give up your own will, if you want to be little.”

– Our Lady to St. Bridget (Bk 4, Ch 18)

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BOOKS USED FOR LITTLEST SOULS:

‘Words of Love’ by Fr. Bartholomew Gottemoller (TAN Books and Publishers)

‘Jesus Appeals to the World: From the Writings of Sister Consolata Betrone’ by Fr. Lorenzo Sales (Saint Pauls)

‘Diary of St. Faustina’ by Sr. Faustina Kowalska (Marian Press)

**In addition to these books, a number of quotes have been taken from books that are in the public domain

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If you wish to share this site (e.g. on your blog) then feel free to do so – not for my benefit, but “for God and souls,” as St. Faustina might say.

NOTE: The articles on this site have been written – and will continue to be written – with the scrupulous or timid soul in mind.

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Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

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102 thoughts on “About Littlest Souls…

  1. You and I! I will certainly pray for you. Please pray for me as well.

    St. Benedict Joseph Labre tried his luck with the Benedictines a few times, but to no avail; and yet, he is a great saint. So whatever God wills for you, St. Benedict J.L. is a good saint to pray to!

    ‘Miserere mei, Domine, quoniam infirmus sum!’

  2. Please keep me in your prayers. I’m discerning my vocation and I recently got back from visiting a Benedictine Order but the Superior said that I come across as being fragile (both physically and spiritually).

  3. You are very welcome, Alfred. At the Elevation one day, Eric’s name popped immediately into my mind, so I know that Our Lord is inspiring souls to pray for him.

    Absolutely. Hence Frank Sheed’s brilliant book (they all are), titled, ‘To Know Christ Jesus.’

    Take care and God bless.

    +PAX

  4. Dear +PAX,
    Thank You for your willingness to pray for Eric McDonald.
    May God Bless his soul. There is no greater need than to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior..
    .“O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You”.

  5. Dear Alfred,

    I have a Holy Hour beginning in a few minutes. Eric will very much be in my prayers.

    At every Mass, it is very useful to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary, along with all those we carry in our hearts.

    ‘And do thou call upon the Lord, and speak to the king for us, and deliver us from death.’ (Esther 15:3)

    +PAX

  6. Prayer Request:

    Please pray for The Miracle of salvation.
    May God give Eric McDonald all the graces that he needs for conversion and the joy of salvation.

    For God’s Blessings upon Eric McDonald-

    “Heavenly Father, have mercy upon Eric McDonald.Please save his soul.I pray for all the grace he needs for the conversion of his soul.Abba Father, draw Eric to Jesus.Please help him to have the faith he needs to turn to Jesus and be saved in the name of Jesus Christ Amen!!!”
    Jesus, Mary I love you Save Souls
    St Michael ,The Archangel, Pray for us

    PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP FOR THE CONVERSION OF A SINNER
    O Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, you know so well the great value of an immortal soul. You know what it means, that every soul has been redeemed by the Blood of your divine Son, you will not then despise my prayer, if I ask from you the conversion of a sinner, a great sinner who is rapidly hurrying towards eternal ruin. You O good merciful Mother, know his irregular life. Remember, then, that you are the refuge of sinners, remember that God has given you power to bring about the conversion of even the most wretched sinners. All that has been done for his soul, has been unsuccessful; if you do not come to his assistance, he will go from bad to worse. Obtain for him an effectual grace that he may be moved and brought back to God and his duties. Send him, if necessary, temporal calamities and trials that he may enter into himself, and put an end to his sinful course. You, O most merciful Mother, have converted so many sinners at the intercession of their friends, be then, also moved by my prayer, and bring this unhappy soul to true conversion of heart. O Mary, help; O Mother of Perpetual Help, show that you are the Advocate and Refuge of Sinners. So I hope, so may it be.

  7. Dear Rachel,

    Thank you so, so much! I don’t forget you either! I have a lot of people to pray for, so I often simply present my heart to God; but I certainly mention you by name every now and then 🙂

    Btw, you are welcome to address me as Brother Cassian. (I received the monastic habit a while ago, but I try to keep myself in the background to some extent).

    In Jesus and Mary,

    Br. Cassian

  8. Hey Mark,

    Thanks for the worthwhile comments. I will pray for your cousin.

    I also see the value in such a work, but it is not possible for me at this point in time, given my duties and general responsibilities as a Benedictine novice.

    The book I was working on was going to be fairly light on the biographical side of things, but it certainly would have included many encouraging words for those who suffer, even very grievously. I think Joan Carrol Cruz wrote a book that might be of interest; I think it’s titled, ‘Saints for the Sick.’

    +PAX

  9. I would encourage you to again take up the work, with the permission of your superiors, of course. But I can also suggest a particular angle / value to the book. My cousin recently was diagnosed with liver failure. Along with other advice, I explained to her how Catholic saints need two miracles and that she might find the story of her life resonates with the story of a Servant of God–venerable or blessed–whose intercession she might seek for physical healing. I had intended to point her toward a list of such proposed “causes,” but could find none extant. I think your work, whether in print or online, would be of value to MANY people with health problems. Modern medicine has given up on her and told her to put her affairs in order. I think just about any Catholic told to seek Hospice (6 month life expectancy is required) would have an interest. Not like you would be trying to make a killing in the market, but you would definitely “corner” the market with such a product. Even the Vatican doesn’t make a list publicly available.

  10. Hey Mark,

    I was writing a book that was to include a few hundred revelations or so from servants of God, Venerables etc., but I had to put that aside when I entered the monastery.

    That’s okay, though; nothing done for God is wasted; and if He wants it, He will provide the means. For now I am happy to get some time for the blog each week.

    +Pax

  11. Happy (belated) Feast Day, dear Sr. Synthia! I have a special affinity with many Visitandines (and St. Francis de Sales), so I will be sure to pray for the Visitation Order. I love to meditate on the Visitation of Mary; she went with haste to greet her cousin because her heart was aflame with Divine Love. Our Lord said to St. Mechtilde that His Sacred Heart is like a boiling cauldron, which seems to say, “Hasten! Hasten!”, from town to town, from soul to soul. This explains Mary’s haste… And to think that Jesus is our Elder Brother, and Mary our dear Mother!

    +BENEDICTUS DEUS+

    – Brother Cassian

  12. Happy Feast Day dear Sister Benigna Consolata Ferrero, VHM! May your prayers for us all be heard in Heaven and reach the Tender and Divine Heart of Jesus, Our Merciful Savior. The Visitation Order is always seeking new sisters…pray for many more vocations…hearts of love for Our Lord and His Blessed Mother Mary…to say “YES, I will live my life for Him Whom my soul loves.” If you even “think about” a vocation, COME and SEE! Sr Synthia Helena Marie, Visitation Monastery, Brooklyn, NY

  13. Hey Rose Anne 🙂

    Thanks – glad you liked it!

    Same! (It’s a real blessing to be able to share some of the great stuff that I have the fortune of reading)

    +PAX+

  14. Just read your latest blog An Image of the Faithful Soul. SO BEAUTIfUL ! I really look forward to reading your blog every week – so consoling and beautiful !
    So glad you received permission to keep writing it.

    Rose Anne

  15. Dear Ben,

    It has been a great joy to discover so many treasures of our Holy Church through your site.
    May you always follow the inspirations of Our Lord and Our Lady to serve their
    Hearts by whichever means they lead you to use, for the glory of God and for the good of souls!

    I wish you well on your spiritual journey, with the hope that you will receive every
    grace you need to follow the grace of your vocation. Thank you for the time and efforts you spend to spread devotion to the Divine Mercy and Divine Love!

    Pax Christi,

    JP

  16. No worries, MK.

    “He should trouble himself no more about the blasphemous and other absurd imaginations suggested by the devil than he would about a number of flies buzzing round his head. He
    should at once turn quietly from them.” – Ven. Louis of Blois (Blosius)

    I used to confess to having “committed” (involuntary) blasphemous thoughts, despite advice to the contrary. It was only when, under obedience, I stopped seeing them as sins, that I was delivered from my fears and disquietude.

    Say, for example, that you have the thought to kill someone. This is certainly not sinful if you do not actually want to do so. The same logic applies to other thoughts.

    I’m glad that the blog has helped!

    You are in my prayers! I hope college goes well for you! Ora et labora!

    +PAX+

    Ben

  17. Thank you for your answer!! I periodically struggle with scruples every time I am stressed or there is a big change in my life, ie. I am going to college in the fall, and moving away from home. I haven’t had them this badly for years. They have been getting better, and your blog has been a great help! I now find myself more beset with strange or terrible thoughts that make me feel very guilty and question myself, even though I know they aren’t coming from me. I’m working on dismissing them, but it isn’t easy. It’s like someone is taking the things I fear/despise the most and trying to force them into my head, best I can describe it. For anyone else facing this problem: persevere! These thoughts do not define you, and you will make it through! Prayer is your MOST powerful defense. Every time one of these thoughts comes into your head, pray.

  18. Of course. There is no rush.
    Thank you for responding.
    I look forward to hear your advice.
    With prayers,
    Gaby

  19. Hey Gaby!

    I would love to respond at length, but due to time constraints…

    Could I send you an e-mail later in the week, instead?

    (You make perfect sense)

    +PAX+

    Ben

  20. Dear Ben,

    I hope you don’t mind if I ask your advice about when experiencing a scruple.
    I have read often to ignore all scruples and I am determined to do this but one half of me says ‘you have committed a mortal sin’ and the other half of me says ‘this is a clear sign of a scruple’. I wondered how to have the confidence in my conviction and to ignore those scruples when such a big part of me feels I shouldn’t ignore them as they could be ‘mortal sins’. I hope I make sense! With prayers, Gaby

  21. Hey MK!

    I had to defy scrupulous thoughts in Mass, less than 30 mins ago. Venial sins are best atoned for by acts of love e.g. by saying the aspiration: “O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy merciful goodness.” Our Lord told one holy soul that love would be her reparation. Of course, we cannot produce love; we can only communicate what we first receive from Jesus. “He has loved us first.” So we must have complete trust in the *pure* love of God, which alone preserves us from sin.

    As for mortal sin, one does not fall into it; rather, one digs a pit and climbs in. So, if you are doubtful that a certain thought is mortally sinful, there is probably a good reason for this. Don’t confuse your conscience by convincing yourself that something is, or could be, sinful when it isn’t or almost certainly isn’t.

    Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity says that we should frequently go to Jesus for help. In time, we will forget self, which is the key – or, at least, *a* key – to conquering scruples.

    In short: yes, I find it not only helpful, but even necessary, to defy scrupulous thoughts.

    You are in my prayers.

    +PAX+

    Ben

  22. I have a question about scruples. Did you find it beneficial to act in defiance of a scrupulous thought? It’s a little hard to explain for those who haven’t struggled with this. Whenever I do I feel horribly guilty and worthless, even though I know I did nothing wrong, in my head. Do you have any insights about this?

  23. Hey Rose!

    Yes, Marcel Van! And Sr. Consolata. Great, albeit “little”, souls.

    Right back at you! Sr. Consolata has helped me much. I love her little aspiration.

    +PAX+

  24. Hey Emma,

    I can give you my name and initial: Ben A.

    I want to stay hidden like my sister Therese 🙂 (Not that I am comparing myself to her!)

    Good luck with the writing!

    +PAX+

  25. I just read your latest blog A Rose from St Therese. What a beautiful story ! St Therese (and the whole Martin Family) have for sure adopted you as their little brother. It reminds me of St Therese’s little brother the Servant of God Marcel Van ! I too have a big devotion to St Therese and chose her as my patron saint many years ago at Confirmation. Also I have asked Sister Consolata Betrone
    (that ‘still smaller and weaker soul’) to help me persevere in the littlest way of love and adopt me as her little sister. I am sure that your new little family will help you to become a saint and fulfill God’s Divine Will in your life !

  26. hi there – i was just wondering if i could get your full name? i am writing a story and would like to copy a few sentences (and give credit of coarse) and just need your name for the credits? thanks.

  27. Hey Rose Anne (a very nice name, btw),

    Thank you! I am always thankful to God when he encourages someone by means of this site; it consoles me, and motivates me to serve Him wholeheardetly.

    You are in my prayers!

    PAX.

  28. I was so happy to see your latest blog entry. I was in particular need of seeing such comforting words about God’s mercy for human weaknesses and misery. I saw this last post at exactly the rite time ! I am so happy about your vocation to the religious life and will pray for you ! Also I am so happy that you will keep writing your blog once a week. It is helping a LOT of souls, this littlest one included.
    God Bless You and thank you !!!
    Rose Anne ( a littlest one)

  29. Hey Ev!

    Thank you so much! I will definitely remember to pray for you and your vocation; that is fantastic news!

    Are you referring to the convent in Tyringham? If so, that is interesting, because I came across an article on their site about a week ago, which was about Sr. Benigna Consolata. I noticed that they don’t have any information on Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos, of the same Order, so I decided that I will send them a link to an article that I am writing about her (once I complete it… hopefully by Saturday).

    Thank you so much! I am extremely grateful for any prayer.

    The monastery I will be entering is on Earth; I can say that much 🙂 … I am happy to tell you privately. If you like, you can leave a comment with your e-mail, and I can respond to you that way (I won’t publish your comment.).

    St. Mechtilde of Helfta is sometimes referred to as St. Matilda. There is another St. Matilda, too.

    You’re very welcome, Ev.

    Pax!

  30. I promise to pray and think of you everyday! I, too, have been looking at Monasteries to one day enter, once my two daughters are settled. I am attracted to the Visitation Nuns in MA. I stumbled on it, reading about St. Therese’s sister, Leonie. One of my aunts, Seor Maria of the Unity, was a founder of a the Mother of God Monastery in Taiwan and is believed to have died in the ardor of Sanctity…I will as her to intercede for you! Oh, which Monastery?

    Oh is St. Mechtilde, the same as St. Matilda? Just wanted to make sure I have the right Saint…Thank you so much for taking the time for me & my family. Please use my email if you need to ask me something personal.

    With much Love and Peace,
    Ev

  31. Hi Evelyn!

    I’m glad you found Littlest Souls 🙂

    I will certainly pray for Marianne, and for you and your family. Please pray for me, too! I will be entering a monastery on Monday, so I need all the help I can get!

    Here are your patron saints:

    Evelyn: St. Mechtilde
    Brittany-Therese: St. Gertrude
    Erika-Bernadette: Bl. Dom Columba Marmion
    Concepcion: Bl. Dom Columba Marmion

    You are very welcome!

    Pax!

  32. I am so happy I found “Littlest Souls”! For the last 3 years I used to get my Patron Saint with another blessed soul named Marianne. I know that at one point she was in the hospital last year. Now I have not heard from her again and noticed that she has not put in Patron Saints 2017. I am afraid that she is either very sick or passed away. Please pray for her. I have been so sad and did not feel peace from other sites that use a generated Patron Saint engine. How happy I feel to have found someone like Marianne. Either her prayers led me to you or my Guardian Angel. I would love a Patron Saint for myself, my two daughters and my mother.

    I am Evelyn Martinez-Regueiro, my two daughters are Brittany-Therese Marie Conty and Erika-Bernadette Marie Conty, and my mother is Concepcion Martinez-Regueiro.

    Thank you so much for all the prayers you do for all of us in helping us get on the path to Heaven through the help of our Patron Saints.

  33. This blog is beautiful. Please keep it going if you can!!
    I have much reading to do here in order to catch up. God bless you and yours.
    Jenna

  34. Thank you, dear Rose! You are very welcome; I am glad I could help in some way!

    I will pray for you, too!
    “O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy!”

    Pax!

  35. I am so happy about your vocation ! That is such wonderful news ! I will pray to God for you. Your blog has inspired and encouraged me so much in my own spiritual life and I thank you so much for it.
    GOD BLESS YOU dear brother and Praise to Jesus for your vocation and calling you to a very special place in His Heart !
    Jesus, Mary I love you. Save souls !

  36. Fantastic! St. Crescentia had a vision of flames coming from the Tabernacle, and Our Lord assured her that these are the graces that emanate from His Eucharistic Heart. Stay by a fire and you will feel its warmth.

    I’m glad the blog helps 🙂 Yes, that is when I started the blog. I have a few more posts in the pipeline, but for now I have a 14hr flight (evidence of Purgatory).

    Pax Christi!

  37. I paid another visit to the Blessed Sacrament today! Thank you so much for this site! It has greatly helped me. I’m reading the posts from May 2012 forward….It that the beginning of the archives? I don’t want to miss anything.

  38. Thank you for the encouragement! Keeping your words in mind, I paid a visit to the Blessed Sacrament this afternoon. I was alone in the chapel; I cried when I realized how many graces I’ve wasted by not going.

  39. Dear Cory,

    Firstly, you’re welcome!

    I would absolutely pay a visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This desire is good and therefore is a grace from God.

    Don’t fear that Jesus will reject your pleas. “For thou, O Lord, art sweet and mild: and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon thee.” (Ps. 86:5) If we seek Him, it is because of His mercy. Remember this consoling truth, and praise God for His goodness. “I have placed My treasure in thee; keep it sedulously.” (Jesus to Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos)

    If you want to overcome impurity, you need to want to. If you don’t want to, go to Mass and adoration frequently and ask God for this grace. This is recommended by the Council of Trent and the best theologians.

    “Love chastity.” (St. Benedict) The Kingdom of God belongs to the pure of heart alone. Remember that God dwells in your soul as in the Tabernacle; adore Him in spirit and in truth, and keep close to Our Lady, who is the mediatrix of all graces.

    Here are some short prayers to help you combat impurity. Pray them often and offer Our Lady the indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, asking them to help you love God more than you love earthly pleasures, which are infinitely inferior to spiritual pleasures and God Himself.

    O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy!

    My Jesus, mercy!

    Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

    Pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear!

    Take care and God bless. I will pray for you. Begin each day well and you will find peace and victory.

    Pax Domine!

  40. I’ve been struggling with impure thoughts and I often do not try to overcome them. I’ve always had an urge to stop by and pay a visit to the Blessed Sacrament but I never do. I’m scared that I’ll go walking into the chapel and Jesus will be like “GET OUT, GET OUT! DON’T EVER COME BACK IN HERE!!!” I’m worried that I’ll get a overwhelming sense on guilt. I feel sorry for Jesus for being by himself all day but I’m too scared to risk it, especially if I’m the only one in the chapel. Should I put it off until I go to Confession? I keep putting confession over ridiculous reasons. Thank you for this website!

  41. Dear Gabrielle,

    Thank you for your appreciation!

    I’m very happy to hear that you found some peace today.

    To overcome scrupulosity, we must mortify our desire to have more certainty than God is pleased to give us. It is okay to act with some doubt; this is the human condition. Fortunately, when we obey our confessor, we are assured of doing God’s will.

    St. Therese is a very powerful intercessor. A good way of practicing the little way is to pray this prayer:

    “O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy merciful goodness!”

    Believe me: it works! If you choose to pray this little prayer, don’t forget to offer the indulgences for the Holy Souls, and ask for their assistance.

    If there is anything I can do for you, please ask. You are in my prayers.

    Take care and God bless.

  42. Thank you for all the lovely and encouraging quotes. Unfortunately I have had a big attack of scruples today so I started a novena to St Terese of the Child Jesus. Later I stumbled across your website….which really felt like a rose being sent from Heaven as it gave me an inner peace which I haven’t felt all day. You really emphasised just how important and essential it is to obey your confessor. Thank you for taking the time to put this website together.

  43. Thank you for having this website! Question: Do you think that one should wait until going to Confession before paying a visit to the Blessed Sacrament?

  44. Re: “NOTE: The articles on this site have been written – and will continue to be written – with the scrupulous or timid soul in mind.” And re: beautiful reflection by September Sun (10/24/2015) about how Jesus told Luisa Picarretta. that He went ahead of us only to meet us right in the middle of where we are. My problem is that I have lost my sense of self. I pray for souls everyday for 2-3 hours. I know myself to be capable of every sin ever committed.

    Because Jesus said we are “all one in Him” and in each other, we can cover each other in His Precious Blood and ask for forgiveness. We can bless one another with all the gifts in our Abba’s Divine Treasury. We pray this amazing concept in mass when the drop of water is spilled into the wine before the consecration “by the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the Divinity of Christ who humbled Himself to share in our humanity. ” in scripture it says Jesus “became sin” that He might nail our sin, once and for all, to the cross where we become washed white in His blood. So you see, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we ARE MISERABLE CLUMPS OF NOTHING and we are also THE BELOVED OF THE LORD!!! We are LIVING HOSTS TO ONE ANOTHER!! What nobility we are, dressed in His Blood, ADORNED WITH HIS WOUNDS! Our Abba sees His Son when He sees us, who are nothing but misery dressed in the Holiness of our Savior. So you also see how helpful this website is for us, who know ourselves to be the most horrible of sinners sitting in the lap of our most Sacrosanct Abba with only the garment of our Savior’s Blood protecting us from annihilation by His very gaze. It is a most troubling and exhilarating predicament. I find the experience very unsettling, wanting it to be an “either or” situation, when in fact, it is “both and”. I have been perusing this website for about a year now and it provides the remedy for what ails me. Thank you

  45. On April 16, “Edarlitrix” posted a message about joy in the Scriptures in the face of experiences or effects in the soul in which there is much sorrow, and then being faced with those who would say something is wrong if one does not have the joy spoken of in Scripture. Once a priest told me, “Jesus knew what it was like to be depressed.” Later I read in Luisa Piccarreta who died within a year of Sr. Consolata Betrone that Jesus has, for love of you and me, experienced and suffered in advance all that we suffer. This includes the pains of sorrow. There can be an ocean or deep caverns of sorrow, one piled up on another…. yet, Jesus knows it all and in his heart we have the opportunity to empty our pain into him. The “joy” spoken of is his gift to us of his presence. Does it matter whether it is scruples or anything? In that very moment, even if it is mental or emotional pain, or any loss anyone can imagine, there is our Jesus just waiting. His arms are there for us. Kisses and kisses and kisses telling us: “It’s okay. Give it to me. I will take you with me and in me to and in the Father, and there we will share our Love, the Spirit….” And when I am down, which is often, I also think of what our Lady and Joseph went through. A night, then a day, another night then another day, yet another night and then at the end of the next day they find their 12-year old bundle. During that time, just like you and me now, they did not see, they did not hear, they did not understand. This is a consolation to those who do not have visions and do not have consolation; it was God’s loving way to show us that in the deepest loss, and sustained pains where so much sorrow pervades, Mary and Joseph continued fortified by the flame of love which was their sole life. Empty of self, they went forward because JESUS, not them, not their sight, not their tangible joy was, in fact the only thing that could mean joy to them. To know Jesus, to have the merciful gift to run to him, to lean on him even if we must weep copious tears, is better than any earthly joy. This is the real joy of the Gospel and the holy words of Scripture. And in our sorrow, we bless Jesus who is very sorrowful in the Bl. Sacrament. But his joy is the Father. When our sorrow is like a thirst, we can imagine Jesus when he was very very tired and thirsty and he answered the apostles: “My meat is to do the will of the Father.” When we look to empty our poor soul into Jesus continuously, that very sorrow relieves poor Jesus, he saves souls and he is preparing his sweet company for us ….. for when we take that last breath and find it within his sweet heart: just for us. And then all joy will be beyond all we think of regarding joy today. God bless you, dear hearts. Let’s be brave. The Spirit will give us a joy that the world does not understand, and even though we do not, his very life will help us persevere.

  46. Hi edarlitrix, thanks for the comment. If I find the time for it in the next few days, I will write a post on this topic. You raise some important points, and, to be honest, I would like to give this some more thought myself.

    In the meantime, it might be worth reflecting on this quote from St. Gemma, who attained great love and joy through intense sufferings: “My happiness increases in proportion to my sufferings. If you knew what sweetness is found at the bottom of the chalice prepared by our heavenly Father!”

    St. Gemma’s prayers are very powerful; she will help you.

  47. Hi, littlestsouls, it has recently come to my attention that the Scriptures… and saints… speak a great deal of “joy”–it is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5.22). But I am having difficulty reconciling this with the dark night of Mother Teresa as well as Jesus’ experience in the Garden of Gethsemane (“I am sorrowful unto death”). I discussion with a friend sort of implied that.. if you don’t experience joy, YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. You are “quenching the spirit”–now this is a trap to scrupulous people. And evidently Jesus was not joyful all the time.. yet it cannot be that He would quench the Spirit (or perhaps He would?) How can this be reconciled? Got any ideas? PErhaps you could make a new post about it–or did you already? because I searched “joy” and I didn’t find anything that looked promising, or perhaps I did not look far enough. Thank you!

  48. littlestsouls,

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful blog. I have so enjoyed reading these pages! Such a comfort and encouragement!
    Just wondering whose image it is you have displayed as the background?

    God bless,
    Nel

  49. You are too kind! I am reminded of what Our Lord said to St. Gertrude: “Know that you have nothing of yourself and that all which renders you agreeable to Me comes from Me.”

    “Abandon yourself to the care of the best of Fathers, and to the love of the tenderest of Partners.” – Our Lord to Sr. Josefa Menendez

    Take care and God bless.

  50. I was feeling kind of discouraged and down several days ago and then I saw your response to my email and it cheered me up a LOT ! Not only is your blog amazing; YOU are amazing ! it is clear that you are a very holy soul and are very united to Our Beloved Lord ! THANK YOU and PRAISE GOD !!!

    Rose Anne

  51. I just LOVE your blog ! It is amazing and you are doing a lot of good to a lot of souls.
    Thank you and may God Bless you ! ! !

  52. Hi J, you will pleased to know that I found the reference for the aforementioned revelation received by St. Gertrude. It can be found on p. 198 of ‘The Herald of Divine Love’ (here: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=G7KrZTUwOxUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=herald+of+divine+love+gertrude&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bEFmU6GiBY_SkAXulYDQCQ&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=198&f=false ). Alternatively, you can find this revelation in the latin translation of her life (Oudin, 1875), translated thus: ‘When a father desires to punish his child, the rod can make no resistance to his hand. It is therefore My will that My elect shall never lay the blame on men for their trials, but that they shall rather consider My fatherly affection, which would never suffer the slightest breath of wind contrary to them if I had not in view the eternal salvation which they should receive in reward. Considering this, they should rather have compassion on those who, while contributing to their virtue, incur guilt for their own selves.’

    God bless.

  53. Hi there 🙂 You are very welcome. I have also had no luck finding the primary source for the revelation you mention, which is quoted in chapter 7 of ‘Siguiendo Sus Huellas’ (Following His Footsteps) by by Rev. Anselmo del Alamo, 1963: http://avalon44.tripod.com/p/follow.txt

    I wasn’t sure about using the quote – I am still unsure about its use – but it is consistent with God’s love, which always wills our good. ‘For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth’ (Hebrews 12:6). Our Lord allegedly said to Gabrielle Bossis that if there was a better way of leading us to Himself than the cross, He would choose it. Also, to St. Bridget of Sweden He said that He would willingly suffer again to save the damned, if only that were possible.

    “I weep because I see Jesus, who is doing Himself violence to make me suffer; He is forced to it, having chosen me for a victim; but it costs Him to hide from me His love.” – Sr. Benigna Consolata

    “Oh! if people knew His attractions as I have the happiness of knowing them, they would love the justice of God as much as His goodness; that is to say, they would receive His punishments was willingly as His rewards, for they are always adorable, always mingled with secret mercies. Oh! can one indeed love a God supremely good, and not have an insatiable desire to be united to His only Son, infinitely punished for our offences?” – p. 334 ‘The Life of Sister Jeanne Benigne Gojos: Lay–Sister of the Visitation of Holy Mary, 1878 (I give this book a very high recommendation!)

    Take care and God bless.

  54. Hello, thank you for this beautful blog! Can you tell me where you can find the quote from ST Gertrude about suffering: “It would be very pleasing to me,” said Jesus to St. Gertrude, ”if my friends judged me less cruel. They should have the delicacy of thinking that I do not use severity, except for their benefit and for their greater benefit. I do it through love, and if this were
    not necessary to cure them or in order to increase their eternal glory, I would not even let the slightest breeze bother them.” I don’t see it in the book on her Revelations. Thank you so much for that quote and the blog! J

  55. Hi Kelvin, I’m glad that you appreciate the writings on this blog.

    I am also familiar with some of the more sobering writings of various Saints and theologians. I accept, at least in principle, much of what they say on this topic, but I believe that it is more profitable to emphasise God’s mercy. Rather than consider the number of the elect, I prefer to thank God for the inexhaustible love that He desires to pour out on souls. He yearns to save us, but He requires generous souls who will plead for mercy on behalf of sinners.

    Thank you for your book recommendation. I have read a good part of that book. Whatever the number of the elect is, we must acknowledge God’s sovereign goodness. On Earth, we are subject to many trials, fears, passions etc., but they are permitted for our benefit. Faith assures us that God is all-lovable; His every action is love; His every desire is, and always will be love. Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos, a great mystic, knew the love and mercy of God so well that she confidently adored even His justice.

    I pray that God might transform your fears into courage, so that you may fight valiantly for God and for souls. God bless, dear Kelvin.

    Here is a book that I strongly recommend. The writer was greatly influenced by St. Gertrude:
    https://archive.org/stream/bookofspirituali00bloi#page/64/mode/2up
    (‘A Book of Spiritual Instruction’ by Ven. Louis of Blois, aka Blosius)

  56. I love the writings on this blog because they emphasize the Great Mercy of God. I am frequently disturbed by the writings of various Saints and theologians who express a deeply pessimistic view of the eternal fate of humanity. I turn, instead, to the consoling words of St. Francis de Sales, Fr Faber, et al. Some time ago, I found a little book entitled “The Comparative Number Of The Saved And Lost. A Study” (M.H. Gill & Son, Dublin, 1898) by Fr. Nicholas Walsh SJ. This book suggests that “the majority – and I scarcely fear to add, the great majority – of mankind will be saved” (Supra, p. 22). Definitely a good read!

  57. Thank you, Rose Anne! May all the glory be to God, from Whom all good things come. I pray that God will grant you the grace to persevere as one of His ‘littlest ones’! Surely the “littlest way” of love is very dear to His Heart.

  58. I love your blog. I am a ‘littlest one’
    Following the ‘littlest way of love’ traced out by Sr Consolata Betrone. I just want to thank you for your wonderful
    Website. May God our all loving Father
    Richly bless you !

  59. Thank you very much.

    “If you knew how much I thirst to be loved by men, you would not spare anything for it I thirst, I burn with desire to be loved!” – Jesus to St. Margaret Mary

    Take care and God bless.

  60. Great site, brother! Your love for God emanates from the screen!

    May we always keep the thought of the greatness of God’s love at the forefront of our minds. Particularly the thought of a God, bound and in agony and later rendered dead because of His love for us. Who is there, when holding this thought in mind, could dare utter that our God is not a God of love, and does not love us? May the sight of the crucifix piece our hearts, that they be forever wounded with the Divine Love.

    In Jesus and Mary,

  61. Thank you for all the effort you have put into these articles. They are really lovely and extremely valuable reading. I will be sure to direct others here.

  62. This site is a God-send. Thank you soooo much, it has helped me and left me to think about things in regard to my scruprulosity xx

  63. You are welcome. I have listened to one of the podcasts on your website (podcast 6). I believe that it will assist scrupulous individuals. Thank you and God bless.

  64. You are most welcome, Kimberly! I am very pleased to hear that you have profited from reading about God’s immense love for you. May he continue to bless you here and hereafter! God bless.

  65. Thank you so much for making this blog. It has brought such joy to me and deepened my faith and my yearning for God’s Love and His joy. I have even cried in reading it. It is so beautiful, the messages of love from Jesus. God Bless you greatly.

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