What if Christ Himself told you about His Passion? What if he also shared with you some of His other thoughts about humanity? You can read them as if he were talking to you directly, in this short, simple and yet very powerful book!
Jesus has given private revelations to a number of His religious (and some laypeople as well!) over the centuries. Although we as Catholics are not required to believe in these as we would the public revelations given in Sacred Scripture, those that have been properly “vetted” and given the seal of approval of an Imprimatur by the Church make moving and quite informative reading nonetheless.
Such is this book, a compilation of some of our Lord’s revelations to Sister Josefa Menendez, a sister of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the early 1920’s. Christ appeared to her numerous times during her short life. He would tell her to “write for My souls,” and she would transcribe His words to her and give them to her Superiors for safekeeping. Although she died in relative obscurity in 1923, she became famous posthumously with the first publication of some of these writings in 1938. Pope Pius XII (when he was then Cardinal Pacelli) warmly endorsed the first version of this book that year.
We have included this as a Lenten selection, mainly because of its detailed meditation from our Lord about His Passion, but it is full of many other enlightening, illuminating, and at times heartbreaking revelations as well. Although many of His most intimate requests and comments presented here were directed at His religious, a number of these also ring true for lay people! Here’s just a sample of what you’ll find here in Christ’s own words
- "Open your soul wide to grace and it will inspire you."
- "The smallest act, if done out of love, acquires such merit that it gives Me immense consolation."
- "My heart is not only an abyss of love: It is also an abyss of mercy."
- "Do not fear suffering, for by enduring it you can increase My glory and repair the sins of the world."
- "Many are willing to entertain Me when I visit them with consolation. Many receive Me with joy in Holy Communion, but few welcome Me when I visit them with My Cross."
- "It is love for souls that keeps Me a Prisoner in the Blessed Sacrament. I stay there that all may come and find the comfort they need in the tenderest of Hearts, the best of Fathers, the most faithful of Friends Who will never abandon them. The Holy Eucharist is the invention of Love...yet how few souls correspond to that love which spends and consumes itself for them!"
- "Under the species of Bread and Wine the real presence of God lies concealed. Under this veil I am there, whole and entire, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity." (Tell that to those who think the Communion host is just a symbol!)
- "All important actions should be preceded and vivified by prayer, for only in prayer can a soul obtain the strength needed in life’s difficulties. In prayer God will communicate Himself, will counsel and inspire, even if his action be unfelt."
- [On His Passion:] “I was treated as a disturber of the peace, as insane, as a madman, and I accepted it all with the utmost meekness and humility. Do you think that in My human nature I felt no repugnance and grief?...I willed to know experimentally all that would have to be undergone by you, that you might draw strength from My example for all the circumstances of your life."
- "For as long as a breath of life remains a man may have recourse to mercy and ask for pardon."
This is the same Jesus we see in scripture, one who speaks fervently about His love for us. There’s nothing wishy-washy or half hearted here about His desire for us to be at one with Him! As He says “When you have given yourself generously to the will of God, then you shall be closely united to Him and taste ineffable sweetness.” Intrigued? There’s more where that came from! This book also includes biographical background information about Sister Josefa. 176 pp. ; Paperback.