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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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 Third Degree of the Spirit of Sacrifice – Love of the Cross and Oblation of Self .2


III. Suffering for Others

A few rare souls consecrate themselves to God as Victims for others; that is, they offer themselves to suffer for the guilty. These generous souls desire to be the hosts for sac­rifice with Jesus, as it were, the exterior forms under which He suffers and sacrifices Himself. As the host lends its exterior form to Jesus, so too, these souls long to offer their entire selves to Jesus. Our Lord can suffer no longer; hence they surrender to Him their hearts, their souls, their bodies, so that Jesus may find in them those sufferings which He so desires to offer up to His heavenly Father to the greater glory of the Blessed Trinity and the fulfillment of the divine purposes, in particular for the salvation of sinners.

Thus these special victims realize in them­selves what St. Paul says: “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for His Body, which is the Church” (Col. i, 24).

These souls would exclaim with the same Apostle: “I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren, who are my kinsmen” (Rom. ix, 3).

In the spirit of self-oblation, these Victim Souls strive after a perfect conformity to our blessed Redeemer, Who was immolated as the Victim of atonement, not for His own sins, but for the sins of others. Very often these souls offer themselves as victims for the conversion of a particular soul; again they enter into the spirit of Christ’s sacrifice to suffer for sinners in general, without knowing or be­ing, informed for whom they stuffer.

The beauty and sublimity of self-oblation for others is thus described by a noted author: “A voluptuous and sensual generation beholds the rare spectacle of saintly souls, whose one desire and purpose in life, whose sole happi­ness, consists in offering themselves for their fellow-creatures. As the children of this world feast at the board of worldly pleasures, so these souls regale themselves at their banquets of suf­fering; a feast incomprehensible to the sensual man, but far surpassing in peace and joy the latter’s pleasures. And where shall we seek the fountain of these banquets of suffering? On Thabor’s dazzling heights, or on Calvary's darkened and desolate summit? Who can say? For even here sighs and tears rise up to heaven like an endless, angelic song. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of the eternal Father, is the source of both the song of joy and the lamentations of sorrow.

“Behold in spirit the deathbed of a Victim Soul; how resigned she is! How meek and humble of heart! Unknown to the world, for­saken by men, she dies, her sufferings are at an end, and very soon she is forgotten even by her few friends and acquaintances. God, however, does not forget; He knows and loves this pure and humble soul. In hidden solitude she was ever united with Jesus and Ills great sacrifice on Calvary. She realized how meri­torious Her simple daily life became, and how not only her own sins, but the sins of others were most effectively wiped out through this union with Christ her crucified Savior; and how, through her death in Christ and for Christ, the spiritual life was given to many souls: all this she realized; and hence the one subject of her thoughts and desires was union with Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. And God graciously accepted her offering, sweetening and soothing the last dread moment of her life; and death came as the crowning act of the highest and most ardent love in a life which was a faithful copy of that of the Cru­cified. We poor mortals can admire, but not comprehend, such perfection; the angels of God, however, proclaim this soul blessed and her crucified Bridegroom crowns her with in­describable glory.

“But there is another way in which such heroic and self-sacrificing souls practice self ­immolation. Not content with awaiting suf­fering and death, they anticipate hotly, as it were, by desire and love. They entreat Our Lord to call them before their appointed hour so that a straying soul might be saved, or a more important life he prolonged for the wel­fare of His Church. The life history of such souls is replete with instances of these acts of self-oblation”

A glorious example is our Venerable Mother Mary of Jesus. The contemplation of Christ’s self-sacrifice amid the greatest pains and torments called forth in her soul an ever-growing desire to take upon herself all possible humilia­tions and sufferings in order that erring souls might he brought back to the Heart of Jesus, so little understood and loved by man. Again and again she would offer her own life to God that men might more and more learn to know the infinite love of the Sacred Heart and return love for love.

And this spirit of self-oblation reached its highest degree towards the end of her life, when in her prayers she would constantly ex­claim with St. Francis Xavier: “O Lord, give me souls, yet more souls.” Thus she prayed in particular for generous, self-sacrificing, chosen souls, who would be eager and willing to lie on the altar of the cross, to be immolated with Christ for sinful man. Yes! She declared her willingness to lay down her very life, if thereby she might gain for Our Lord such grave, heroic souls.

Deeply saddened by the godlessness of the age and the seductive triumphs of anti-Chris­tian societies, she would exclaim: “Oh, God, would that I could atone with my blood for the sacrileges that are committed!” Inflamed with love for God and zeal for souls, she wished with the Apostle to he banished from the sight of God, if thereby she could save the souls of her brethren, of perverse sinners. And God satisfied her desire to be a victim of expiation by permitting her to experience the weight of divine justice; and who knows how many sinners received in consequence the grace of pardon and conversion!

During the lifetime of Pius IX, Mary of Jesus had offered herself as a holocaust to God for the Church according to the intention of the Holy Father. In 1882 she renewed her obla­tion under Leo XIII. Undoubtedly her gen­erous sacrifice was acceptable to God, for her whole life was an uninterrupted martyrdom of exterior and interior sufferings.

But even this did not satisfy her heroic spirit; she most ardently asked of God the grace of a bloody sacrifice; and her prayer was granted. There, in the temple, February 27, 1884, she died a martyr, having been shot twice by a rabid Anarchist. Hearing the other nuns’ cries for help, Father Calage hastened to the dying Sister, and kneeling at her side offered up to God her life as a holocaust. To the con­vent at Berchem he wrote: “Your good Mother lay there as an innocent lamb of sacrifice on the altar of the cross, shedding the last drop of blood. Never shall I forget the look with which she pronounced her last words: ‘I forgive him. For the benefit of our foundation.’ I consider it a special grace that I was enabled to offer up your good Mother at the moment she made her self-oblation for you and your Community; in spirit I stood at the foot of the Cross with the Mother of Sorrows, when our blessed Savior by His bloody death sacri­ficed Himself for His beloved spouse, our Holy Mother the Church.”

Thus the remarkable dream of Father Calage, when he was ten years of age, came true: “At the entrance of a long lane I beheld myself as a priest about to accompany two maidens clad in white, on their way to martyrdom; and I asked myself why they were favored with the grace of martyrdom, for to me this seemed a strange and saddening fate. We had reached the end of the lane turning into a bypath, when suddenly one of the maidens sank to the ground, mortally wounded; the other, grievously injured, was about to die. I awoke and found that Mother Mary of Jesus was the former; her Assistant General the latter, whom the murderer had injured seriously, but whose life was eventually saved.”

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