An electronic reproduction of the Guide for Victim Souls of the Sacred Heart of Jesus compiled from various sources by the Very Rev. Joseph Kreuter, OSB.

Nihil Obstat: Arthur J. Scanlan, S.T.D., Censor Librorum. Imprimatur + Stephen J. Donahue, S.T.D., Administrator of New York; 1939.

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In your charity, please pray that the Sacred Heart draws many souls here to read, contemplate and be enkindled.


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From the Biography of Mo. Marie Deluil-Martiny: Immolation
by Abbe L. Laplace.
Nihil Obstat. Authur J. Scanlan, S.T.D.
Imprimatur +Patrick Cardinal Hays
New York, July 14, 1926.

Part I; Chapter 1: Association of Victim Souls in Union with the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Origin of the Association

When the Reverend Mother Mary of Jesus founded the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus in 1872, her aim was, as she herself said, “to give to Jesus a generation of victim souls, a true Guard of Honor of the Divine King, which would make reparation for His betrayals, draw upon the plenitude of His Heart and reunite in one center the rays of light and love which are being lost amidst the mass of indifferent and lukewarm souls.”

Mother Mary of Jesus, with her usual broadness of view, conceived the plan of extending to souls living in the world the benefits of the Society, its spirit and graces bestowed on it by God.

Just as in the Middle Ages the Religious Orders spread among the laity a spirit in harmony with the purpose and spirit of the Orders, as for example the Franciscans, a spirit of voluntary poverty; the Dominicans, a spirit of the apostolate and penance; the Carmelites, a spirit of contemplation and prayer; so also the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus, as soon as it was founded, began to diffuse among its contemporaries a threefold spirit of sacrifice, reparation and union with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Knowing full well that the Heart of Jesus demands, not only prayers and protestations of love, but also sacrifices, sufferings, tears and blood in order that he might continue to bestow upon the Church the fruits of His Redemption, these pious souls ardently desired to participate in the work of reparation and redemption.

Retained in the world by bonds willed by God and desiring to do for the Heart of Jesus all that was not incompatible with their state in life, they asked the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus to communicate to them that spirit of victim which makes our souls living hosts of Christ.

They also asked the Church to authorize and bless their association, its name and work.

Such is the origin of the “Association of Victim Souls in Union with the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.” Though it was only in 1904 that the first group of Victim Souls received the approbation of His Eminence Cardinal Richelmy, Archbishop of Turin, the history of the Association is that of all works visibly willed by God. For as soon as this pious association was born, it spread rapidly in France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland; one might say throughout the entire world. Immediately the number of associates increased to several thousands. Pope Pius X, when bestowing the blessing on the Association, January 22, 1909, deigned to give his name to it. A number of pious prelates in their turn inscribed their names among the associates.

A great number of fervent and zealous priests enrolled themselves under this standard of sacrifice. Many Religious of all Orders were happy to consecrate more formally their penances and sufferings by asking to be inscribed among the Victim Souls.

But that which arouses the wonder of our age of sensualism, of indifference, and of apostasy is the eagerness which so many souls of the elect, living in the world, show in entering this Association.

The spirit of Reparation which is making itself felt more and more in the face of the evils of our age, is animating these souls, and these have realized that if at present the world has need more than ever before of the action of the good, this action cannot be fruitful except in so far as it is sustained by prayer and immolation.

Timeliness of the Association

Why, then an Association of Victim Souls in the age of indifference and apostasy in which it seems that every effort must be by preference lean towards active and exterior works? Why Victim Souls? It is because it is necessary now more than ever to make reparation for the outrages against the Heart of Jesus. Now, it is the Victim Souls and all those who under other names realize in their life a faint image of the Passion and Redemption of Jesus – it is these that best attain this end of reparation. Furthermore, in this our age in which sinners are going away from religion in masses, it is necessary to convert the greatest number of souls possible. Is it not again the Victim Souls that are the best instruments of this Apostolate? To be sure, exterior works are good; they are necessary for the conversion of the world, but still again we must not forget that in this divine work of the redemption of souls, nothing can be accomplished without the Cross. It is on Calvary much more than on the Mount of Beatitudes that Jesus saved the world.

Victim Souls are nothing else, so to speak, than a Calvary of continued through the ages; a Calvary renewed without ceasing; a Calvary which rises up everywhere in front of the Father of all lights and of all graces; and it is by their blood, that is to say, by their sufferings of all sorts generously offered in communion with those of the Redeemer, that achieves “that which is lacking in the Passion of Christ”. They purchase the salvation of poor sinners, their brothers, and labor most efficaciously in the fight against evil.

They exert themselves especially to draw down the blessings of Heaven on the labors of the Apostolic Workers and to obtain for all the members of the clergy numerous choice graces in order that the Heart of Jesus may be glorified greatly in them. And such is the spirit of the Association that the very best auxiliaries of the clergy will be found among the Victim Souls. There is no Association, therefore, more opportune or more necessary; all supernatural souls are convinced of this.

Purpose of the Association

The Victim Souls abandon themselves unreservedly to the Adorable Heart of Jesus in order that He may dispose of them according to His good pleasure. Desiring nothing but His Holy Will, they accept in advance in a spirit of reparation all the pains and sufferings, both of soul and body, that He may judge good to send them, in order that they may assist ever more and more in the extension of the Reign of the Heart of Jesus – in order to obtain the exaltation of Holy Church – abundant graces for the Priesthood and the salvation of souls.

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