For the Preservation of the Deposit of the Faith!
For the Kingdom of God to come!
This is the commandment that God deigns to impose on His creature …. This is the secret of religion, of devotion to the Heart of Jesus …. God loving, God commanding love…. And the man who answers: I will love You, Lord my God, You, my strength, my heaven, my refuge and my liberator.
And what would I do on this earth, if I did not love You? What more miserable condition than mine? Pains assail me from my birth, the torrents of iniquity overwhelm me, the torments of hell surround me; to whom shall I flee in the midst of all these evils, but to You, my God? You saw my distress; moved by pity, Your love came down from the splendors of Heaven, Your Word came to the cries of my misery, He became flesh and dwelt among us, and by His cross, by His death, He drew me out of the abyss of the great waters in which I was engulfed. Ascending to His throne, He took my love with my heart to heaven, and now, to soften the rigors of my exile, He Himself descends every day to our altars, He presents me with His Body, His soul, His divinity; He gives me His Heart. This love, so prodigal, so astonishing in its inventions, complains of not being loved, and in this time in which charity has cooled down because iniquity abounds, He Himself teaches me what I must do to console His Heart and to obtain among His dearest friends a place that no one can take away from me.
Come then, come to the Heart of Jesus, at least during this month, all you who have heard His voice. Have confidence, He calls us all, and when we have listened to Him, studied Him, loved Him for a month, who will ever want to detach himself from Him?
We consecrate ourselves every day to the Heart of Jesus, to His love during this month. If this act is not a mere formula for us, if we succeed in making it effective, we have reached our goal, namely: to give ourselves, to abandon ourselves without reserve to the love of Him who gave Himself to us without reservation, with a heart burning with love. He who knows the truth comes to the light, said Jesus Christ Our Lord. And he who makes an effort to devote himself to God with a generous heart, will soon be enlightened enough, inflamed enough to find the courage for all sacrifices. Let us meditate, then, on this act of consecration, and let it pass from our hearts into our conduct.
O Jesus, I consecrate my heart to You; place it in Yours. It is in Your Heart that I want to dwell, and through Your Heart that I want to love.
O Jesus, I consecrate my heart to You. My heart is all that I possess, the only property I can dispose of and of which You are jealous. Would I give it to these vain creatures who are nothing to him, whose love is so lukewarm, so insufficient, so changeable! No, I give it to Him who made it for Him, and who alone can respond to all its impulses. O Jesus, I consecrate it to You, it will henceforth be like those sacred places whose destination cannot be changed, like those holy temples, those houses of prayer dedicated to Your glory. Give it back this purity, this innocence that it took with it from holy baptism…. Rekindle in it the threefold torch of faith, hope and charity, and may its divine light always grow in my heart.
Place my heart in Yours. Everywhere else I am cramped, miserable, unhappy, tormented, worried. It is in Your Heart that I want to dwell. This is the place of my rest in time and in eternity. It is through Your Heart that I want to love all that He loves, all that He orders me to love: You, my Lord, in the union of the Father and the Holy Spirit; all Your beloved creatures, in heaven, in purgatory, on earth, so that we may be consumed in unity, so that we may be one, in the admirable manner of which the most holy Trinity gives us the model.
It is in Your Heart that I want to live, unknown to the world and known only to You; it is in this Heart that I will draw the ardor of the love that must consume mine; it is in it that I will find strength, light, courage and true consolation. When I am languid, he will enliven me; when I am sad, he will rejoice me; when I am worried and troubled, he will reassure me.
It is in Your Heart that I want to live, unknown to the world and known only to You. To live in Your Heart, in the principle of life! always made and renewed by You; each of the beats of Your Heart, imprinting on mine the principle of its natural and supernatural life! What a life!… Unknown to the world… The world has not known Thee, O my dear Redeemer, it has not known Thy Father, its Creator; the world is Thy enemy, Thou hast not prayed for the world…. Therefore I expect nothing from it. That I am forgotten in the world, that it does not even suspect my existence, what does it matter to me! But, O my Lord, I want to be known by You as You are known by Your Father, according to Your promise; a loving knowledge that draws me to know You more and more, and to return to You the grateful love that I owe You. Known to You alone, let all the earth exalt me, if You say of me: “I do not know You”, it would be better for me not to have been born. Let all the earth ignore me, if You say to me in the depths of Your Heart: I have known You from all eternity, I have loved You with an eternal love, I no longer ask anything from creatures.
It is in Your Heart that I will draw the ardor of the love that must consume mine. Love is the life of the heart; O my Lord, You Yourself give my heart its nourishment. Your Heart alone, a divine Heart, can respond to the needs of mine; here You are offering it to me to respond at all times to the immensity of the desires that You Yourself form in me, and to give You back the all-divine love that You expect from Your creatures.
It is in him that I will find strength, light, courage and true consolation. My heart in Yours, Yours in mine, and I will be able to say also: When I am weak, then I am powerful. When it is dark in my soul, then all my darkness is illuminated in Your light; when I have no heart, then I find all energy in my new heart; when I am sorry, then consolation overflows in me. Yes, I know it, it is not You who fail Your friends in need.
Oh, then, when I am languid, when I no longer walk, when I no longer run in the way of Your commandments as in the days of my first fervor, You will expand my heart, You will renew my youth like that of the eagle, You will excite me, You will carry me as the eagle excites its young to soar in the air, as it carries them and presents them to the sun. When sadness comes to mingle with all my joys, when I can no longer think of the miseries of this life, of the trials of Your holy Church, of the weakness and division of her children, of the iniquity, the injustice and the bad faith of her enemies, then I will think of Your sorrows, and my consolation will be to mourn with You.
Worried and troubled, Your Heart will reassure me. To lose one’s rest, to lose one’s peace for the interests, for the setbacks of this world, how often this happens to us! And how foolish we are! Didn’t the Lord say so? Seek first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all the rest will be given to you in addition …. All things work together for the good of those who love God. To worry, to be troubled about eternal interests…, to lose trust and love, or at least to believe that they have been taken away, is a terrible trial through which most of God’s friends must pass. When I walk in the midst of this desolate darkness, in the shadow of eternal death into which I will believe myself to have descended in advance, O Heart of Jesus, You will reassure me, I ask You, I await this mercy, I count on it, and it will be done to me according to my faith.
O Heart of Jesus, may my heart be the altar of Your love; may my tongue publish Your goodness; may my eyes be unceasingly fixed on Your wound; may my mind meditate on Your adorable perfections; may my memory preserve forever the precious memory of Your mercies.