A Eucharistic Vision of Vénérable Mère Marie-Thérèse du Cœur de Jésus

Whenever the Venerable Esprite de Jesus used to repeat the Holy Name of Jesus, she seemed to hear an interior Voice, which said to her:

“I am always looking at you.”

On one occasion, upon hearing these Divine words, she asked where her dear Lord was. The reply?

“I am in your heart, My love.”

Are we not living tabernacles? Were we not created for love? Did Jesus not promise to abide with us and to make His home in us? How else did Bl. Alexandrina live on the Eucharist alone for years and years? How else are sinners fashioned into saints (a greater work than creation itself)? How else could St. Anthony Mary Claret have received the grace of having Jesus dwelling perpetually in his heart?

The end of such considerations is to direct us to one place: the Tabernacle.

Theodolinde’s Vision

“On the night of 29th to the 30th June, the last of the octave and the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Theodolinde’s [Théodelinde Bourcin-Dubouché, d. 1863] time for adoration was from one to three in the morning — this was God’s hour.

She had scarcely knelt down, when she was seized by a grace which became usual to her; she seemed to be sensibly touched by the divine love, as if a sharp ray had emerged from the Host and reached her heart; so strong was the impression that she received that she felt as if she were dragged out of herself.

“The Eucharistic veils disappeared; … I saw Our Lord as if seated on a throne; a channel of gold seemed to connect His Heart with mine, and to cause a life to flow into my being from which I should have died had He not supported me; and I heard — though there were no words — what I shall now tell:

‘I wish for adoration and reparation in order to appease My Father’s justice, but all these associations are not sufficient.

A religious consecration is needed . . . there must be souls always before Me so that they may receive My Life.

I will place on their hearts a channel of gold as I have just done to you . . .

that life which I shall give them must be communicated by them to souls which belong to Me in the world’.”

Source: ‘Eucharistic reparation: the life of the Ven. Marie-Thérèse du Coeur de Jésus, foundress of the Congregation of Adoration Réparatrice’

+ Update: I am still working on a post about Mary; the working title is: ’33 Reasons to Consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary.’ This will possibly take months (I spend roughly 5hrs a month on the blog, max.). I will try to post some brief articles in the meantime.

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“Virtue consists above all in…”

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“… the mortification of one’s own will [Sir. 18:30].

It consists of concealing, as far as possible, from the eyes of men, the works that you do [Mt. 6:4].

The true servant of God is content to know that his services are known to the Heavenly Father.

You must prepare yourselves to receive all things, evil as well as good, with an equal resignation and even with gaiety of heart [Deut. 30:15; Phil. 4:4].

Be good, therefore, and charitable to your neighbour [Mk. 12:31];

be humble and patient in yourselves [Lk. 21:19].”

– Jesus to Bl. Anna Maria Taigi (p. 52, ‘Wife, Mother and Mystic,’ by Albert Bessieres, S.J., TAN Books)

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Humility Feeds Love…

One day, someone told St. Francis de Sales that they desired to become humble so that they could grow in love. The Saint replied that he preferred to aim at love in order to become humble. Who is correct? Why does this matter?

The answer to the first question, I believe, can be found in the writings of Ven. Louise Margaret, a daughter of St. Francis de Sales (i.e. a Visitandine). Our Lord told her that love and humility grow together; they mutually nourish one another (so, in a sense, both St. Francis de Sales and his interlocutor were correct). Consequently, there can be no true charity without humility, and no true humility without charity. “The more you love Me,” said Our Lord to Madeline Vigneron, “the humbler you are.”

One can verify this doctrine with ease; simply consider that God is Charity and Truth. This, then, is the litmus test of holiness or union with God: charity and humility. A soul might appear charitable and virtuous in the eyes of the world; but if they lack humility, their works are to that extent lacking in supernatural value. It is quite possible to donate generously to charity, serve the homeless, pray for souls, go to Mass, and read spiritual books, when, all the while, one is spiritually dead in mortal sin. Purity of intention is necessary. We will avoid delusion (to a great extent) if we offer our prayers, words and deeds to God, asking that He will act in and through us. He cannot fail to hear and answer such a prayer.

A good sign that we are progressing in the spiritual life is that we often think of God with pleasure. But even more indicative of a great love for God, is a docile will that – feelings aside – says with Our Lady: “Be it done unto me according to Thy word.”

We should always end our prayer with these words: “Thy Will be done.” I purposely capitalised the word “Will,” because God’s Will is not distinct from Himself, and therefore deserves to be adored (bearing in mind that God is the First Cause of all good, and merely permits evil).

Humiliations Help to Uproot Self-Love

It is very easy for self-love to creep into our actions. We think that we are serving God, but the moment something doesn’t go according to plan, we get irritated, or we throw in the towel. Really, we should accept failure as we would success, and suffering as we would joy; both are fruitful, so long as our will is directed towards God, Who works all things to our good.

If we are humble, we won’t be so surprised at our falls, nor will be so inclined to judge others, or to distrust, or to any other evil, all of which stem from the same root: pride.

Because God loves us so much, and wants to lavish His graces on us, He often sends or permits humiliations of various sorts. Remember that sharp word someone addressed to you? God wanted it to be a means of sanctifying you. Remember that time you fell into impatience, despite your best efforts? God wanted you to humble yourself and rely more on Him. Remember that time you couldn’t focus during prayer? God wanted to let you know what you are without Him, and to reward your perseverance and patience.

‘Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation. [2] Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds. [3] Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end. [4] Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience. [5] For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.’
– Eccles. 2:1-5

In all difficulties, we must remember that God wants us to be humble. Without humility, there is no union with God, no peace, no happiness, no salvation. By bearing humiliations we give God a precious gift; by acknowledging our misery, rather than rebelling against it, we draw God to us. He seeks only to give.

“My child, the more humble you are, the more love will increase in you.”
– Jesus to St. Veronica Giuliani (August 23, 1715)

“Nothing is more pleasing to Me than to find a soul seeking the humility and meekness of My Heart.
– Jesus to Mother Marie-Dominique Claire Moes (1832-1895)

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If there were no Misery, there would be no Mercy

“The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy…”
– Psalm 119:64

The following words of consolation are taken from ‘Divine Communications,’ Vol. 1, by Rev. Auguste Saudreau, the master of mysticism:

‘Once,’ relates Mother Mary of the Divine Heart, ‘having committed some sins of impatience, I asked Our Lord to forgive me, and I said to him: “Why do you still let me have these faults, seeing that I do nothing but offend You by them?” He answered that when I fell into these faults and asked His pardon with humility and contrition, this act of humiliation glorified Him more than the faults offended Him, as they were committed more out of human frailty than deliberately, and they gave Him an opportunity to show His mercy and to wash the soul in His Precious Blood, and that thereby His precious Blood became daily more fruitful.’

Another time, in order to reassure her, Our Lord made this comparison: “Suppose a wife was carrying a precious vase that belonged to her husband, and let it drop out of weakness or inattention, would not the husband feel more compassion when he thought of his wife’s weakness and the distress she would feel at her carelessness, than irritation at the loss of the vase?”

But in order that our contrition may make up for our negligences to this extent, it must be inspired by pure love; if we are only grieved at our own continual wretchedness, this too human sorrow will not have the same effect. (p. 113)

[Unfortunately I was too busy to post last Sunday; but henceforth I will post every Sunday, unless unforeseen circumstances prevent me from doing so… On another note, I am enjoying myself in the monastery! The Risen Lord is literally under the same roof… Lastly, for those who have contacted me by e-mail, I apologise for not replying; I am having problems accessing my account from another country. It could take a few weeks to sort out.]

All prayers are appreciated! I gratefully offer daily Mass for every reader of ‘Littlest Souls.’

Pax Christi!

10 Inspiring Sayings from the Saints

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“I would a thousand times rather die than consent to anything which might displease Thee.”
– St. Veronica Giuliani [pictured] (d. 1727)

“O Lord, perfection or death.”
– Bl. Elizabeth Canori–Mora (d. 1825)

“I would not for the sake of all creation, or for the purpose of saving my life, consider committing a single venial sin.”
– St. Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556)

“Love has chosen me; Love has called me, I give myself in love to Love.”
– Soeur Gertrude–Marie (d. 1908)

“… O Jesus, either to co–operate with Thy grace, or to die.”
– Soeur Jeanne-Bénigne Gojoz (d. 1692)

“God’s Will is my will.”
– St. Maria Crescentia Hoss (d. 1744)

“I would rather lift a straw from the ground by the will of God, than raise a hundred dead men to life by my own will.”
– St. Maria Crescentia Hoss (d. 1744)

“No pleasure save the good pleasure of Almighty God.”
– Soeur Marie–Catherine Putigny (d. 1885)

“I will have nothing but Thyself and Thy Divine Will.”
– Sr. Mary Cherubina

“TO SERVE GOD IS TO REIGN.”
– Bl. Aimo Taparelli

Anniversary of an Extraordinary Soul: Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus

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February 3, 2016, marks the 65th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus. This privileged spouse of Jesus was the recipient of countless graces, including many extraordinary charismata. She bilocated, she prophesied, she had the stigmata. She was tormented by the devil. She let nothing shake her childlike trust in Jesus, King of Love. She was full of love for God and His Church. She sacrificed herself for others, especially priests.

“Only those who were very close to her [Mother Yvonne-Aimée] know to what point she suffered, in a great spirit of Redemption, most especially for priests.”

– Abbé Courtois

Let us ask for her powerful intercession; that we may give ourselves anew to God each moment, and that we may profit from the light that Our Lord imparted to her.

 

Three Revelations to Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus (from Jesus)

+ The value of small things (a confirmation of the little way):  

“I may not give you anything very much to do… but whatever it is, I want you to do it really well, and do it purely for love of Me.”

+ A lesson on humility:

“Realize that, left to yourself, you are nothing, because this will make you more wholly dependent upon your Lord Whom you love above all else. Try to be like the dust. Dust is not concerned about the good opinion of those who trample on it.”

+ The Malice of a Backbiting:

“A vicious tongue is more cruel than the lance which pierced My Heart. When it wounds another, it wounds a part of My Body – indeed, it wounds My Living Body, whereas the lance only pierced My dead Body. It causes Me more pain than the thorns caused My Head, or the nails My Feet and Hands. I love whoever it is whom that vicious tongue has attacked – I gave My own life for them.”

(Taken from ‘No Need for Surprise: Life of Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus’)

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If you would like to read some more of her revelations, here are a few:

https://littlestsouls.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/merciful-revelations-to-sr-yvonne-aimee-d-1951/

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Pax!

Last post until the New Year…

Dear readers,

Today I will be leaving home to embark on a 5 week trip around Europe. I was hoping to post part 2 of the last article, but I simply haven’t had the time.

Please pray that I, and those with whom I travel, may be safe. I will be arriving in Paris in approximately 30 hours.

From Paris I will be travelling to Italy, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, and most likely, Poland.

I will not forget to pray for the readers of “Littlest Souls”, asking Mary, the Mother of Mercy, to draw you, and many other souls, to the Heart of her Beloved Son. Be a “little soul” and all will go well for you.

Jesus to St. Mechtilde: “I, who am the Creator of the Universe, need no reward, but you yourself are My reward since My Heavenly Father has given you to Me to be My spouse and My child.”

St. Mechtilde: “Why, most loving Lord, do you act thus towards me, who have nothing of good in me?”

Jesus: “Because of My Goodness, because I have placed the delights of My heart in you.”

Pax Domine!

Daily Revelation and Reflection: The Love of God (#7)

“Look, My child, how they have treated Me. No, all these torments would be nothing to Me if men would only correspond to all the good inspirations I send them; but what pierces My heart is that, when I have merited for them so many good thoughts and holy feelings by the abundant shedding of My Blood, and I desire to fill their hearts most generously with these, they will not let Me.”

– Jesus to Madeleine Vigneron

When Our Lord addressed these words to Madeline Vigneron, His expression, she said, was full of tenderness and compassion for sinners. Soon after, Jesus’ expression appeared to be full of wrath, and He seemed ready to strike down all sinners. But His serene countenance was restored.  “My child,” He said, “you could do nothing more pleasing to Me than to work for these unhappy men.” 

Strictly speaking, God does not get “angry”; this is anthropomorphic language. The Divine Nature, writes St. John Chrysostom, is passionless. God’s anger is nothing other than an infinite hatred of sin. If His hatred of sin were not so great, this would be a sign of imperfection, not goodness.

When God punishes, He does so because He must. God’s punishments are intended to be medicinal. “Benigna must let Me correct her,” said Jesus to Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos, “because I love her and I am severe with My dearest spouses as long as they live.” (God’s corrections are evidence of His love for us; all the Saints experienced these loving reproofs).

Merciful Revelations to Sr. Yvonne-Aimée (d. 1951)

‘The Lord is sweet to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.’ (Ps. 145:9)

Servant of God Sr./Mother Yvonne-Aimée was a remarkable soul (d. Feb 3, 1951). Her charity and humility were profound, and she was a vessel for many remarkable graces from God. On occasion, droplets of blood that came from her wounds would turn to lilies or roses. Reflect on the spiritual significance of this.

During her life, Yvonne-Aimée received many revelations from Our Lord. There is a strong resemblance between her revelations and those given to Sr. Benigna Consolata, Sr. Josefa Menendez, St. Faustina, and Bl. Dina Belanger.

Below are a few of these revelations. Unfortunately, the book from which they came (‘No Need for Surprise’) is very costly and rare. If you are a French reader, you may be pleased to find out that there are many books about Yvonne-Aimée in French. If only I knew French!

Revelations to Yvonne-Aimée

“Do you know that there are souls that don’t dare to think of Me as their best Friend and don’t realize that My Heart is always waiting to receive them… I am pure Love and I find my happiness in knowing them close to Me and giving them My Love in full measure… They should approach Me with humility and respect, but I also want them to think of Me as their Father and feel at ease with Me. Affection and childlike trust are what they need to talk to God and it saddens Me to see them come to Me almost suspiciously, in fear and trembling, when all I want is their love.”

“My Mercy is infinite; all souls can reach My Divine Heart and rise to whatever heights they wish within that Heart. I make no distinction between the innocent and the guilty — the more they love Me, the dearer they are to Me. No soul will ever find limitations to its trust in My Mercy, for I want that trust to go on growing for ever…”

“As soon as a soul starts to love Me, I at once increase My own love and grace in them. The least action done for love of Me, entails a fresh flood of supernatural grace…”

A Prayer Given to Yvonne-Aimée

Our Lord revealed the following prayer to Sr. Yvonne-Aimée. It has been approved and “indulgenced” by the Church. It is very powerful, and complementary to the way of spiritual childhood, as found in the writings of St. Therese, Doctor of the Church – among others.

O Jesus, King of Love,
I put my trust in thy loving mercy.

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“The holier you are, My dear children, the lighter will be your burden.”

  • Jesus to Yvonne-Aimée

33 Church-approved Mystics

Below is a list of Church-approved mystics for your reading pleasure – and most importantly, for your spiritual edification.

Each of these mystics received more than a few private revelations. How inspiring, how reliable, how insightful are these revelations when compared with so many alleged revelations nowadays!

  1. Sr. Josefa Menendez
  2. St. Faustina
  3. Sr. Benigna Consolata
  4. Ven. Concepcion Cabrera de Armida
  5. Ven. Louise Margaret **
  6. Bl. Alexandrina da Costa
  7. Ven. Mary of Agreda
  8. Mother Yvonne-Aimée of Jesus **
  9. St. Teresa of Avila
  10. St. Catherine of Siena
  11. St. Hildegard von Bingen
  12. St. Bridget of Sweden
  13. St. Margaret of Cortona
  14. St. Gertrude
  15. St. Mechtilde
  16. Bl. Angela of Foligno
  17. Sr. Consolata Betrone
  18. Sr. Mary of the Holy Trinity
  19. St. Gemma Galgani
  20. Bl. Dina Belanger
  21. Sr. Marie-Catherine Putigny
  22. St. Crescentia
  23. St. Veronica Giuliani
  24. Bl. Battista Varani
  25. Mechtilde of Magdeburg
  26. St. Catherine of Genoa
  27. Bl. Elena Aiello
  28. Bl. Anna Maria Taigi
  29. Bl. Elizabeth Canori-Mora
  30. Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos
  31. Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich
  32. St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi
  33. St. Elizabeth of Hungary

The two mystics marked with a double asterisk are, to my knowledge, the only (individuals from the list) whose revelations cannot be found online. In the majority of cases, the mystics’ revelations can be found on archive.org

"Nigna, little Secretary of My love for My creatures, thou shalt write, others shall publishthy writings. Thine it is to taste the Gift of God in silence; others shall propagate these pages for the glory of God..."
- Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata