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: Spiritual Advantages

Besides the very special protection of the Heart of Jesus during life and at death over those souls that have dedicated and abandoned themselves to Him, a protection in life and in death that will be a source of very many special graces of sanctification, Victim Souls share in all the prayers, good works, and mortifications which are practiced in the Institute of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus.

The certificate of admission which bears the signature of the Superioress of the house where the associate is received is the official recognition of this affiliation and it is indispensable for the validity of the membership.

In the audience which Pope Pius X granted to the Superior General of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus, December 14, 1907, receiving with fatherly kindness the request made to him and most cordially blessing the Association of Victim Souls, he enriched it with the following favors:

For Priest Associates

The faculty of investing with the Scapular of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus and the Compassionate Heart of Mary.

Indulgences for All Associates:
  1. An indulgence of one year each time a visit is made to the Blessed Sacrament
  2. An indulgence of 300 days each time the Act of Oblation is renewed for the aims of the Association
  3. An indulgence of 100 days for the performance of any work of zeal promoting the worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Act of Oblation:

“Ecce Venio!” Behold me, O Good and Sweet Jesus! Divine Lamb, perpetually offered on our altars for the salvation of the world. I wish to be united to Thee, to suffer with Thee, to be immolated with Thee in union with the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus.

For that end I offer Thee whatever pains, griefs, humiliations, and crosses Thy Divine Providence has placed in my path. To Thee I offer them according to the intentions for which Thy Sacred Heart offers and immolates Itself.

May my poor sacrifice bring blessings upon the Church, on the priesthood, on our country, on our brethren and all poor sinners. Be pleased to accept it through the
hands of Mary, our Mediatrix, and in union with the sufferings of her Immaculate
Heart. Amen.

Organization of Victim Souls

Although entire liberty is left to the personal generosity and initiative of each particular victim, it is good that a union exist between souls who have received the same spiritual mission.

We find that union in the Association of Victim Souls in Union with the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary approved by the Sovereign Pontiff, enriched by numerous indulgences and established by the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus, whose whole life consists in an act of perpetual immolation in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

If many souls imbued with the spirit and doctrine of this life have asked that they might participate in the prayers and merits of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus, it is because the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus have brought themselves near the Altar so as to be as near as possible to the Sanctuary, to the Priest, with whom they have desired to be associated, in the measure of which the Apostle speaks according to the beautiful thought of St. Augustine: “As we are all called Christians because of the mysterious unction with which we are anointed, so also are we all priests because we are members of the one Pontiff. It is precisely this to which the Apostle St. Peter alluded when he spoke of the Holy Nation and the Royal Priesthood.” (The City of God, I. IX, a 10)

“But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9)…Redeemed…with the Precious Blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:19)…Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

This Association counts a membership of more than 200,000 souls, belonging to all classes of society in different nations. Pope Pius X honored the Association by becoming its head, and a great number of cardinals, bishops, priests, and seculars have followed his example, thus realizing the "Cor unum et anima una" demanded by Our Lord after the Last Supper.

Other Associations may exist already united to various Religious Communities of Reparation. These souls may also share in the treasure of the Association of Victim Souls by a simple inscription giving them the right to the prayers, merits and indulgences of the Association.

This favor, however, is not a confirmation of the rule, of the prayers and of the acts of all similar Associations.

They will unite themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Himself, applying themselves to surround with glory and honor the August Victim and show the most profound testimony of respect and love. This will be their life and their reason for existence.

The Association is founded not only to work for the salvation of the souls that compose it, but also to employ all their strength with the help of grace for the salvation of all souls, the service of the interest of the Heart of Jesus, by the Holy Church, of the Catholic Priesthood by prayers, sacrifices, and by extension of the devotion to the Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Virgin, Queen and Helper of the Church.

How shall we do such sublime things from the depth of our poverty? We shall do all by Jesus Christ, by union with His Heart and His Sacrifice, by the offering of His infinite merits and of the precious chalice of His adorable Blood. We shall keep ourselves hidden in this Divine Chalice like the drop of water which the priest mixes with the wine at the Altar in order that our humble reparations and our sacrifices may be joined to the sacrifices of Our Savior and that from His Oblation and ours there may be one only Oblation.

Let us love Jesus by sacrifice; it is the strongest love.
Let us pray; it is the condition of success.
The glory of God is the Will of God.
Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Mary Immaculate Virgin, pray for us.

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