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: Conditions for Membership, What the Sacred Heart asks and gives, Who may Become an Associate.

To be admitted among the Victim Souls and to enjoy the spiritual benefits accorded to them, it is necessary:

1. To make with the consent of one's confessor the Act of Oblation and to be firmly resolved to persevere until death in this spirit of immolation
2. To have one's name inscribed in the tablet of Victim Souls which is found near the tabernacle in every church of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus to symbolize the hidden life of sacrifice of theses souls in union with the Heart of Jesus perpetually immolated on the altar.
3. It is recommended that each member recite once a day the Seven Last Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross in order to be united more particularly with the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus, who make them the object of special devotion, reciting them seven times a day, adding each time the Precious Offering of the Blood and Water which flowed from the Wound in the Heart of Jesus.
None of these conditions bind under pain of sin.

N.B. Priests are required to celebrate, if possible, two Masses each year for the Institute of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus.

What the Sacred Heart Asks of Victim Souls

Our Lord asks of a Victim Soul:
  1. Unreserved devotedness to the interests of the glory of God and to the wants of the Catholic Priesthood.

  2. An absolute obedience to the directions of Holy Church.

  3. The practical understanding of the Decree of Pius X relating to Holy Communion.

  4. An ardent desire for the reign of the love of the Heart of Jesus over souls, parishes, dioceses and nations.

  5. An absolute confidence in His ever merciful love.
What the Sacred Heart Gives to Victim Souls

Our Lord gives a Victim Soul:
  1. His Heart, wherein we find all necessary graces; for He is the magnificent supplement to our feeble powers.

  2. His Passion, to supernaturalize and deify our sufferings.

  3. The Precious Blood and Water which came form His wound of love to offer it in sacrifice, in propitiation and reparation.

  4. The Eucharist, to live b it, to be nourished by it and to make other souls live by it.

  5. His Mother, the Virgin Mary, to honor her and have her honored, to glorify her by imitating her steadfast constancy in immolation.
Who May Become an Associate

Every Catholic is a victim, for every Catholic is another Christ.

Has not God willed that every human being should be a victim? Who is there among men that does not suffer?

To become a victim in the hands of God does not imply that one requests extraordinary sufferings, but it does mean that one offers up to Him the pains sent to each soul by God and foreseen by Him in a measure from all eternity.

All Christian souls, then, by a conscious act of the will may become in turn instruments of redemption.

If there are some souls who cannot understand the life of reparation which transforms all the acts of this life into a perpetual oblation to the ends of the Divine Sacrifice, there are, on the other hand, souls who are called to it by the very fact of their vocation:
  1. Priests, other Christs living among men continuing the work of Redemption, applying the merits of Christ’s Passion and giving Jesus in the Eucharist to be the life of souls.

  2. Religious, whose whole life is an offering and perpetual immolation by their vows and rules.

  3. Apostles, who in the world do their best to work for the material well-being and the moral resurrection of the people. Works of charity subsist much more by prayers and immolations than by money or personal effort.

  4. Souls, to whom God has given delicate health, a difficult existence, a burden to carry, a cross to bear or drops of gall to drink.

  5. Eucharistic Souls, who understand the life of Jesus in the Tabernacle and wish to resemble Him and to become hosts for the Host – hosts by the Host – hosts with the Host.

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