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 III: Motives for Becoming Victim Souls - A glance at Ourselves


A Glance at Ourselves

(A) An Unreserved Surrender as That of Victim Soul Leads to Intimate Union With Our Savior

Our divine Savior sacrificed Himself entirely and continues to do so for each one of us in the Blessed Sacrament. In like manner Victim Souls sacrifice themselves entirely and con­tinuously, thereby becoming true images of their Savior. His true brides of Christ, they make their own the lot of their divine Bride­groom. A tender bond of love unites them and the Heart of their divine Bridegroom - a love which can nowhere be found so tender and pure, so holy and strong, as in these Victim Souls.

This total surrender of self, devotion to the Sacred Heart, introduces Victim Souls into the true spirit. As the Sacred Heart is entirely consumed with the spirit of sacrifice, even so will true devotion to the Sacred Heart neces­sarily produce love of sacrifice in the hearts of those who have consecrated themselves to it. Sister Mary Droste du Vischering says truly: "Love of the Sacred Heart devoid of sacrifice is deception." Genuine devotion to the Sacred Heart knows but one desire, to be allowed to sacrifice ourselves for this divine Heart, to sur­render all, even life itself, for love of Our Savior.

For this reason there is nothing which pro­duces so intimate a union with our dear Lord as complete self-surrender. When He perceives in us this strong love which is not content with sentiment, but is characterized by action, by sacrifice, He cannot but give Himself entirely to us and bestow upon us such an abundance of graces, as other souls never experience.

It is in such souls that Our Lord will, in an especial way, fulfill His Heart's promise ex­pressed in these words: "I will abundantly en­rich them with My heavenly gifts." They will learn by experience that St, Margaret Mary is right in thus commenting on this promise: "These gifts are great beyond measure, so that words fail me to describe them. Jesus will do all in His power to purify and sanctify them in order to unite them with Him as intimately as possible."

(B) Complete Surrender of Self Will Produce in us Marvelous Peace of Soul

What consolation and happiness, what peace of soul will not union with Our Savior produce in us! A soul thus united with Him can in­deed say: "My beloved to me and I to Him." His love, His blessing, His protection, His grace will be hers.

And this marvelous peace of soul cannot the destroyed. Other souls may indeed experience peace in the reception of Holy Communion or on other occasions, but it is not lasting; their attachment to creatures or perhaps their self-­love and desire of praise all too soon rob them of their sweet possession. Not so in the case of Victim Souls, who are animated with the true spirit of sacrifice; for all that destroys peace in others they have generously sacrificed and continue to sacrifice at its earliest appear­ance. Hence they really possess that peace of soul which can be found nowhere else in all the world.

Furthermore, Our Savior exercises a special watchfulness over such souls, that nothing may disturb their peace. It is of them that He spoke when He promised St. Margaret Mary: "Their names are written in My Heart, never to be effaced therefrom." This is why we frequently find that such souls are by a special providence preserved from every fall, so that they go through life almost entirely sinless.

"Who can doubt," writes Father Grou, S. J., that these souls enjoy even here below the greatest degree of happiness which is possible in the present life? For what is happiness but love and possession of the highest good, which they love and possess to the fullest capacity of their heart? Nothing else has such an attrac­tion for them - neither honors, nor riches, nor pleasures. They rejoice in the possession of a Good which enables them to despise all other goods. And this Good of theirs does not con­sist in the favor and consolations of God, which they indeed accept with gratitude, if God in His good pleasure bestows them, but they do not long for them, do not cling to them, are not disturbed if they are deprived of them. Their one treasure is God Himself, who is worth in­finitely more than all His gifts.

"Hence they never lose true peace of soul, a peace which is not subject to inconstancy arid change, which persists in spite of temptations and trials, which is knitted to the cross which they bear and without which they would be unwilling to live.

"Would you know whether these souls are really happy? Ask them whether they would be willing for all the world to change their lot, to escape the disposition of God's will in their regard, and their answer will he a decided 'No'; they will tell you that they are contented if only God be glorified in them.

"Is there any other happiness on earth that can for a moment be compared with theirs? Surely not. The happiness of the innocent is great. Great is the happiness of sincere and loving repentance; but the happiness of souls whom God Himself has sanctified by the means of complete self-surrender, is great above all."

(C) Complete Surrender of Self is the Safest and Shortest and Best Way to Holiness, to Perfection, to Heaven

1. The safest way to holiness. No one who proceeds on the way of sacrifice will stray into the broad road of effeminacy and sensuality, which leads to everlasting misery, but will courageously advance on the royal road of the Cross, which is the safest way, even though it be narrow and steep and difficult.

One who travels the path of sacrifice will not stray into bypaths of falsely conceived piety, by which Satan only too often deceives souls and leads them into spiritual pride; but he will walk the road of solid asceticism, which Our Savior Himself taught both by word and ex­ample, and which all the saints followed after Him. Truly, on the road of sacrifice we can­not go astray, and consequently it is the safest way to holiness.

2. The shortest way to Perfection. Victim Souls have in view but one object, to sacrifice themselves for Our Savior. Hence, they do not wander into all possible bypaths, as so many others do. They do not pursue after earthly goods, nor transitory joys and pleas­ures. They are not led astray by self-will and self-love and desire of honors, which unfor­tunately hinder many souls consecrated to God from making progress in the way of perfec­tion. Wherefore such souls make rapid strides; they run, yea, they fly towards their exalted ideal.

"There is no shorter way and no safer means to perfection," St. Margaret Mary tells us, "than to he devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to offer to Him all the homage of love and honor and praise of which we are capable."

3. The best way to heaven. The way of Victim Souls is strewn with merits. The rich­est merits are gained not through sweet con­solations, which may be experienced at prayer and meditation, not through revelations and visions, not through success in our tasks, not through the admiration and affection of friends, but through sacrifice; and the more a sacrifice costs us the more meritorious it is.

"Sacrifice," says Father Meschler, S.J., "is the surest method of gaining merit, because it opposes our natural feelings and cannot pos­sibly be an illusion; and it is also the most meritorious because the most difficult of all works and makes possible the exercise of the most exalted virtues. How eagerly we should seek for every sacrifice and every little act of self-denial if eternity were upon us and the merit of our actions were about to be decided!­”

Sacrifice is therefore the chief source of merit. A single humiliation has greater value for eternity than ecstasies and miracles, for it is not ecstasies but virtues that make us pleasing to God. What merit must not a Vic­tim Soul acquire by the numberless sacrifices she makes for the Sacred Heart! She is sure of heaven, for Our Savior has given His prom­ise: "All who are devoted to My Heart shall not perish." Surely none is more devoted to the Sacred Heart than a Victim Soul, whose one aim is to live for the Sacred Heart, who has surrendered itself without reserve for Its honor.

The words of Father Grou, S.J., may well be applied to Victim Souls: "Calculate, if you can, how great the happiness of such souls must be in heaven, since the measure thereof will be in accordance with the glory they have given to God on earth. God will give Himself to them, according as they have given themselves to Him. But they have given themselves to Him unreservedly; consequently God will not be sparing in the reward He will give them. They have given themselves to Him as weak, imperfect creatures. He will give Himself to them as the infinitely great, infinitely power­ful, infinitely rich and generous God."

The rest of the blessed have given in a limited way, hence they shall receive in a lim­ited way; Victim Souls have given without limit, hence they shall receive without limit. Merciful justice will determine the reward of the former, utterly boundless love will recom­pense the latter.

Is not such happiness worth the few paltry sacrifices we can make in the brief span of our earthly existence? How truly does not St. Paul say: "The sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us" (Rom. viii, 18).

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