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[What Our Lord asks of all souls who have given themselves to Him]
Excerpts from “The Redeemers Call to Consecrated Souls”
Nihil Obstat- Jos. du Bouchet, S.J. Imprimatur- A. LeClerc, Vicar General
Site Manager's Comment:
Brothers and sisters of the ‘lay’ community, we may not be ordained priests or professed religious, but we have consecrated ourselves to Jesus through Mary – we are consecrated to Christ… therefore Jesus’ “appeal” is directed to us, as well. Especially now, with priestly vocations at a trickle and membership in many ‘Orders’ dwindling, you and I are called to help in the Redemption of humanity. This is how…..
“To save the world, I need consecrated souls who are true redemptive spouses of mine.’
‘I don’t have enough of them; they are what I lack. Give Me these souls. BE these souls for Me.’
‘My Heart awaits you. My Heart begs you. But, know this well: I espouse a crucified soul by crucifying.’
‘A true spouse’s heart is the victim of her spouse; it beats in unison with the Heart of her Spouse, loving all that He loves.’
‘Consecrated souls thus must lose themselves in me, allow themselves to be taken and consumed by Me and for Me. Like Me, they must have an ardent thirst for the salvation of souls and for the glory of My Father; like Me, they must love the Cross and redemptive suffering.’
‘Do you not all wish to be among their number? Can I show more love than by asking this of you? For your sake I made Myself Host; be wholly consecrated hosts for Me.”
To give everything, one has always to give more.
The salvation of great numbers of souls depends upon prayers and voluntary mortifications, suffered for this purpose, by the members of the Mystical Body of Christ, and on the collaborative work that the pastors and the faithful, in particular the fathers and mothers of families, must bring to the Lord.
My appeal is intended to bring about a great stirring that will free the many souls still held bound to the earth. My need of you, O consecrated souls, is more urgent now than ever.
My Appeal is a searing superabundance which burns to ‘overflow’ in consecrated souls, in graces of co-redemptive partnership. Alas, in too many hearts, love is asleep, mixed with egoistic apathy.
The purpose of My Appeal, through the superabundance of graces that it contains, is to draw these hearts out of their slumber, to seize their benumbed and lukewarm souls, to awaken love in them and set them afire. My Appeal is a powerful stimulus to the ‘speeding-up’ of love.
Enter into the Redemptive Passion, all of you, as co-redemptive spouses and, with your generosity, give yourself, lose yourself so that you may be seized by love as “victims!” This is the great wish of My Appeal.
Help Me to pour Myself out - in you, and through you. The hour is grave at this moment.
Learn to make use of My grace so that you may serve My glory. Know that My Appeal – despite its grave tone- is not meant to dishearten or frighten you, but, much to the contrary, to encourage you and stimulate you.
Come, then, and with generous trust, draw out this spirit of holocaust that you must have if you are to respond to My imploring wish….that you may all be:
· wholly consecrated hosts;
· totally consumed victims;
· crucified spouses;
· auxiliaries of My Redemption;
· little, co-redemptive continuators.
For, if the life of every Christian is to be marked by the stamp of ‘sacrifice,’ the life of every consecrated soul is to be marked with the stamp of “holocaust.” Sacrifice can have degrees in both the matter and form of the gift. For holocaust, there is only one measure – the measureless – ‘usque ad finem’ (until the end). There is only one degree – totality - in a crescendo of love and self-oblation.
This responsibility of love, if it be so, entails:
· privileged burden of My ‘grace,’ no less than
· privileged burden of My Cross.
If My redemptive Cross, that I beg you to love as I do–which is to say, to carry as I do - if that Cross is a painfully pressing weight, a frightening burden of all men’s crimes, ingratitudes and egoistic mediocrities, then My grace, which always accompanies this Cross, is a weight-lifter whose all-powerful efficaciousness is measured by the confidence and vitality of your prayer. Without My grace being invoked, the cross, with all its sufferings, can only be dragged, not carried, and then it does not “carry Me.” Without the Crucified One, it is but naked wood, not the Crucifix and, therefore, cannot be a ‘co-redemptive cross’.
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