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.

According to the United States Copyright Office the copyright has expired on this book.

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.

Introduction and Preface

"Behold the Heart which has so loved men." – Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


The exhortation of St. Paul to the Ephesians: “Be ye therefore followers of God as most dear children: and walk in love as Christ also hath loved us and hath delivered Himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odor of sweetness,” has at all times found an echo in the truly Christian heart. There have been saintly souls almost the whole of whose life has been an expiatory life of suffering patiently and joyfully borne for the love of Christ and their fellow-men. We read their lives with a sense of awe and perhaps the desire that we might practice the same heroic love. Meanwhile we perhaps do not reflect that occasionally we ourselves have yielded to an impulse to make an expiatory sacrifice of some lawful pleasure for the love of Christ and some soul redeemed by His precious death, but in danger of going to lost to Him. Surely, there is perhaps not a truly Christian soul that does not, at some or other, imitate its Master and seek to cooperate with Him in His work of atonement for the sins of the world. For, as our Holy Father Pius XI says in His encyclical on the Sacred Heart and World Distress: “If zeal for the divine law and brotherly love are as great in him as they should be, then not only does he practice penance for himself and his own sins, but he takes upon himself the expiation of the sins of whole generations, imitating even the Divine Redeemer, Who became the Lamb of God ‘Who taketh away the sins of the world.’”

If there ever was a time since the advent of Christianity when the decay of faith and morals and the consequent multiplication of sin and sorrows have made it necessary, on the part of those who still have the faith and love of God and of their fellow-men in their heart, to have recourse to prayer and penance “for the defense and restoration of the moral order in the universe" (Pope Pius XI), surely that time is now. This is the conviction of an ever-increasing number of souls under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, whose mission it is to raise up in the Church what is required, in God’s Providence, to meet the needs of the times. It was with the purpose of encouraging and guiding such souls and increasing their number that this book was compiled. May it please the Divine Master to bless it so that it may help to cultivate in many souls the sacrificial spirit of His Sacred Heart.

Alcuin Deutsch, O.S.B., Abbot St. John’s Abbey


In 1920 the first “Manual for Victim Souls of the Sacred Heart” was published in German by the Rev. Max Schmid, S.J. Since then nine editions have appeared, and no less than 70,000 copies have been sold. In 1933 the first English edition, prepared by the author of the original, was printed by the Loyola University Press, Chicago. It has been exhausted for some time. In answer to many and urgent requests the present book has been prepared. It is intended as a Guide for members belonging to the “Association of Victim Souls in Union with the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.”

Among other important material, this Guide contains the instructions on the victim spirit and the victim life that made the old Manual so valuable to its patrons. Based on the writings of the most devout servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and composed in their spirit, these lessons point out the path traveled by them on their way to holiness and happiness. To read them is, therefore, to inhale the atmosphere of the saints; it is to arm ourselves likewise for the warfare of life.

Thirty years ago the great Pope Leo XIII consecrated the whole world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. After pronouncing the Act of Consecration he said: “This is the greatest act of my pontificate.” Today the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most widely practiced and the most favorite devotion of the people. This volume, perhaps more than any other on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will draw the souls closer to the side of Jesus and give them that fuller realization of the desires of our divine Savior, which is one of the needs of our time.

The lively interest evinced by the Rev. Max Schmid, S.J., in the preparation of this “Guide for Victim Souls” is hereby gratefully acknowledged.

Very Reverend Joseph Kreuter, O.S.B., St. John’s Abbey

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Soli Deo Confido said...

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