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 II: The Second Degree of the Spirit of Sacrifice .4

(G) True Love of our Neighbor

A Victim Soul can, moreover, exercise the spirit of sacrifice in her conduct towards others, by being always considerate of others, by zeal and disinterestedness in doing them service, and especially by showing patience and indulg­ence in bearing with their faults and weak­nesses.

I. Charitable consideration towards others.

Above all else Our Savior expects from Vic­tim Souls charitable consideration and kind­ness towards others, so as to refrain from giv­ing offense to them by selfish and harsh con­duct.

If we could live apart from others and quietly devote ourselves to the fulfillment of the duties of our calling, it would be quite easy to preserve recollection and peace of soul.

It would likewise be easy to make progress in the practice of all virtues of a spiritual life. But, as a matter of fact, we cannot thus live alone like pious hermits of the desert; we live in a family, in a Religious Community, in human society, and hence we are mutually de­pendent on others for whom we should have the sincerest regard.

In loving consideration for others, we ought to be willing to forego our most cherished per­sonal desires rather than to give even the slight­est reasonable cause of offense by our conduct towards them.

At times we must live and work with persons who are entirely out of sympathy with us, who have so many disagreeable faults and peculiarities of character that they are a con­stant source of annoyance to us. Then, indeed, consideration and kindness become most diffi­cult, and require even heroic virtue on our part. And yet a Victim Soul ought to be equal to such sacrifices. If she becomes impatient with the least unpleasant word, and perhaps even allows herself to repay unkindness by unkind­ness, then she simply does not possess the spirit of sacrifice, but on the contrary a selfish spirit. ­In that case she does not merely fail to make reparation to the Sacred Heart, but even of­fends her Savior, so that her own lack of charity and kindness require atonement.

II. Zeal and disinterestedness in rendering service to others

What great edification would not Victim Souls give to their neighbors, if they showed themselves ever ready to render service to others, to assist them, to encourage them, to lighten their burdens.

The love of our neighbor ought to be such as to extend to all men, both friends and enemies. We should wish well to all, and be ever ready to do good to all. We should never refuse an act of charity to anyone, but find our greatest satisfaction in making sacrifices for the spiritual and temporal welfare of our neighbor.

In performing an act of charity we ought, however, never to give any indication of the sacrifice it costs us, but perform it with such a cheerful countenance, that the recipient of our kindness may not feel embarrassed or hu­miliated thereby. If we cannot at all bring ourselves to render kind services to others, we thereby give evidence of deep-rooted self­love in our heart. Victim Souls must never be governed by selflove, but ought to be char­acterized by the noblest spirit of disinterested­ness.

III. Patience and indulgence towards the faults and weaknesses of others.

It is especially by being patient and indul­gent towards the faults and weaknesses of others that a Victim Soul practices true broth­erly love. Her ideal of charity should be the love that never wavers, which is never hurt, which never bears a grudge, which is ever ready to forgive; a love which never thinks or judges harshly of others, which never speaks of the faults of others, which is free from self-seeking, all aversion, all envy and jealousy.

Victim Souls, both those in the world and especially those in the cloister, would do well to recall frequently the beautiful words of St. Paul in the thirteenth chapter of his first Letter to the Corinthians: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have proph­ecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not char­ity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

And Our Lord says, “If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remem­ber that thy brother hath anything against thee, leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother; and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift” (Matt. v, 23-24).

If, therefore, a Victim Soul were to make the greatest sacrifices, but continued to bear in her heart willful aversion or even hatred towards her neighbor, all her sacrifices would be without value; they would be unacceptable to the Sacred Heart.

St. Paul enumerates the perfections which should characterize true brotherly love: “Char­ity,” he says, “is patient, is kind; charity en­vieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil, re­joiceth not in iniquity, beareth all things, be­lieveth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth.” What a noble ideal for a Victim Soul, what a fruitful field for the practice of zealous reparation!

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