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 2: The Victim Soul in Action

A. Rule of Life

The following rule is proposed to Victim Souls to facilitate for them the means of being penetrated more and more with this spirit of reparation which must be the very essence of their life. It can be modified according to the demands of the duties of their state of life.

1. Rising. To have a fixed hour for rising and to conform to it most exactly unless there is a grave reason for not doing so.

2. On awakening to raise the heart to God, to unite it to the “Ecce Venio” of the Heart of Jesus offering Himself to the Heavenly Father on His entry into the world to accomplish Hi will in all things. The Divine Will is manifest to all: interiorly, by grace; exteriorly, by authority, by the lay of God and incidents of daily life. Make a compact with Jesus that each heartbeat will be an offering of the Precious Blood, an act of union with the Sacrifice of the Altar.

3. To add to their morning prayers a quarter of an hour or, if possible, a half four, of mental prayer in union with the heart of Jesus, which never ceases praying for us in the Blessed Sacrament; to offer to the Eternal Father the prayer which His Son is making in the Host.

4. To hear Mass every day; not only to assist at it, but to offer Jesus Christ by the hands of the priest in union with the Virgin Mary and to put oneself totally in the hands of the Savior as a little victim united to the Great and Divine Victim, and to receive Communion each time that one assists at Mass, every day if possible, and to receive according to the wishes of the Sacred Heart, the spirit of the Church, and the desires of the Holy Father.

5. Often during the course of the day to life one’s heart to God, to unite it by thought and love to the Divine Victim which is immolated on altar after altar; for the Divine Lamb continues His Eucharistic Journey without interruption, and the sacrifice never ceases to be renewed because of the difference in the time of the different parts of the world. What more noble than a heart which never ceases to offer Jesus and to be immolated with Him by its fidelity to all the little sacrifices inspired by grace!

6. To make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament every day if possible, recalling the sorrowful complaint of the Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary: “From the majority of men I receive nothing but ingratitude by their irreverences and sacrileges, by their coldness and contempt which they have for me in this Sacrament of Love. Do you, at least, give Me this pleasure by making up for their ingratitude as much as you are able.

7. Following Mary, their Divine Mother, Victim Souls will love to make the Stations of the Cross, receiving and offering the Blood of Jesus for the Church and for souls.

8. It is also with Mary “meditating upon the mysteries of Jesus and keeping them in her heart,” that they will unite themselves to the different events in the life of Our Lord, offering each day to their heavenly Mother the filial tribute of the Rosary and the Magnificat.

9. Daily spiritual reading also should have for its special end the acquiring of a more intimate and deeper acquaintance with the Heart of Jesus, the true “Book of Life”, wherein is contained the science of love.

10. To practice some exterior mortifications every week with the approval of the confessor.

11. Above all, fidelity to interior mortification. When one is face to face with a sacrifice which one may make or leave, cooperating with grace or resisting it – Our Lord does not only accept sacrifice; He asks that it be given to Him – it is then that one may really and actually make a choice and prefer the Cross.

12. With Jesus, the Apostle, they will lend themselves to exterior works of which the supernatural foundation is made, “as in the Apostleship of Prayer”, of prayers, sacrifices, work for Our Lord, bringing to it a spirit of faith and of confidence in the divine aid, of zeal for the glory of God, of forgetfulness of self, of complete devotion.

13. They will give themselves to souls to instruct them in their catechism; to keep them under their patronage; to sustain them by their individual apostleship exercised in the very intimate union with Jesus, the Host.

14. They will foster vocations and render services to seminaries and poor churches.

15. They will accomplish their social duties as perfectly as possible, which is nothing else but the practice of charity under its different forms and many aspects.

16. Before all, they will make themselves ardent propagandists of the practice of daily Communion, of Communion of little children, keeping in mind that a Victim Soul is a Eucharistic Soul which, living by the Host, must make others live by it.

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