THE BRITTANY PROJECT
"My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46)
Seen in the sun :
After having enjoyed some time of consolations, the infinite goodness of God takes us into a depth of such sufferings that one does not know anymore how to distinguish life from death, grace from tortures. Yet one arrives there.
Divine goodness removes all from us and leaves us sharing but miseries, weaknesses, and imperfections. The greatest pain, is from being deprived from all consolation, as much human as Divine: this is the complete torture.
At this degree, God seems to deprive us of all which, beforehand, was able to console us according to taste and remembrances. God seems to plant death in our hearts, total death, death which, in its sepulchre, sickens all love, all hope, all faith, in a word all that to which we are the most sensitive.
One must then walk, with this cross to the heart, until the instant where God opens again His sun of hope and of strength. God seems to have us as if suspended between life and death… and removes all which can console us, being by the thought of Heaven, being by the remembrance of the beauty of celestial visions. In this exile of the heart, an exile far from God, from the Faith, and from confidence, in this state there is but one supernatural grace which invisibly supports us.
These interior pains are not given except to friends chosen by God. These deep pains do not find a place except in the hearts that God loves.
(7 February 1880)
Footnote [by the author]: Is this short text not an illustration of the gospel which says that the way to Heaven is a narrow path?
[Source: p. 183, Le Ciel en Colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel]
Reflection on this prophecy:
The spiritual counsel above is seen by Marie-Julie Jahenny in the sun, which was a ball of light which would appear to her and in which she could see future events.
This ball of light was how the Holy Ghost would communicate with Marie-Julie.
The counsel itself is perfect. It relates the life’s journey of a soul: how a soul will experience consolations, but then will also experience deep suffering, and how both are from the love of God.
The soul is stripped of all which gives comfort: “Divine goodness removes all from us and leaves us sharing but miseries, weaknesses, and imperfections.”
Indeed, all consolations, of any kind which could be relied on before, are no longer available: “The greatest pain, is from being deprived from all consolation, as much human as Divine: this is the complete torture.”
This is surely a process for purification because there is nothing to be done to comfort oneself at all: “One must then walk, with this cross to the heart, until the instant where God opens again His sun of hope and of strength.”
And who can understand the person who is undergoing such constant distaste for life, such a general rejection of everyone and everything? To actually exchange thoughts with such an unhappy person often proves to be difficult and futile. Thus, an exchange becomes a friendly but quick exchange, and then one moves on quickly (to get away).
Indeed, this person becomes alienated from all people and pastimes: “God seems to plant death in our hearts, total death, death which, in its sepulchre, sickens all love, all hope, all faith, in a word all that to which we are the most sensitive.”
The person becomes “suspended between life and death” and even “the thought of Heaven, [or] the remembrance of the beauty of celestial visions” is removed from the memory.
Such a person suffers greatly because it is an “exile of the heart, an exile far from God, from the Faith, and from confidence”.
Indeed, such a person feels utterly alone in his or her suffering, but God is still carrying this soul, for “in this state there is but one supernatural grace which invisibly supports us.”
And God Himself chooses these souls carefully: “These interior pains are not given except to friends chosen by God.”
This reminds one of St. Teresa of Avila complaining to God that if this is how He treats his friends, it is no wonder that He has so few!
But the flame (the Holy Ghost) is telling Marie-Julie a theological truth: “These deep pains do not find a place except in the hearts that God loves.”
Perhaps the answer is simply that the heart that does not care about whether they love God or not will not suffer when they find their prayer life and even their faith removed.
In other words, we have to love in order to feel pain when we are deprived of that which we love.
But here is the theological point: Why do we love God? Because He loved us first and gave us the gift of loving Him!
This is why the hearts that are chosen to suffer so completely are “hearts that God loves.”
St. John Eudes explains that “we can magnify God by willingly bearing the crosses He sends us for love of Him; for there is nothing that honors Him more than suffering, since our Savior found no means to glorify His Father more excellent than the torments and death of the cross.” [Source: The Admirable Heart of Mary, by St. John Eudes, Part 10, Chapter 3].
So, if we feel privileged by God’s love for us, let us be ready (like good soldiers) and however God wants us to suffer, may we suffer well! Deo gratias!
Saint John Chrysostom's preaching touches hearts with Divine Truth.
“Our Lord,” says Saint John Chrysostom, “has given you an immortal soul. Oh, if you knew this treasure that lives in the midst of the dust of your body! Through its ardours, this thought would be capable of transporting us alive up to the throne of God.
“Our Lord nourishes souls and makes Himself their food. The soul only lives by God. What a difference between the soul and the body! This body of dust only lives by coarse food; the soul only lives by the Divinity, and there finds its substance.
“Sometimes the Lord, in order to augment the beauty of the soul, seems to weaken his food and to postpone at some distance but, in these moments, He has your souls in His adorable Hands, and He enriches your souls by His gifts. One must not say: my soul, you are far from God, because it is He who, in that moment, carries it.
“The Lord prepares for our bodies, dear brothers, a sort of triumph, but the body does not know, as well as the soul, to see that, when God overwhelms it, He elevates it on a throne. If you want to become wise, become fools in the eyes of the world.”
--[You have checked my] queen! Good saint, we have arrived there. To us also they say with charity that we are fools.
“Oh well, you are wise in the eyes of God.”
(9 March 1878)
[Source: pp. 181-182, Le Ciel en Colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel]
Reflection on this prophecy :
Saint John Chrysostom, named the golden tongue because of his great gifts as a preacher, is teaching Marie-Julie about what a soul is, what nourishes a soul, and how this differentiates the soul from the body.
Saint John’s message can be summed up in these words: “What a difference between the soul and the body!”
Of first consideration is that the soul lives in God, and by God, alone: “Our Lord nourishes souls and makes Himself their food. The soul only lives by God.”
Being spiritual in its nature, it is a mystery that dwells inside us, and is so different from what we know in this earthly life of our five senses.
While the body needs material food to keep it alive, “the soul only lives by the Divinity, and there finds its substance.”
A body can be strong, as evidenced through muscular feats, but what about a soul? Can we say that a soul has strength?
Saint John Chrysostom would say yes, a soul is strong.
From the evidence given here, another consideration is that the soul is stronger than the body. Reflect on the following fact which St. John Chrysostom reveals: even strong longings of our soul “would be capable of transporting us alive up to the throne of God.”
That certainly shows a Divine strength that overpowers the strength of the body!
Then Saint John Chrysostom asks us to consider, in his next point, the beauty of our soul. This beauty seems to come from the Divine gift of God’s graces.
But God seems to remove consolations when He gives us His gifts, so that “[s]ometimes the Lord, in order to augment the beauty of the soul, seems to weaken his food and to postpone at some distance”.
However, Saint John Chrysostom assures us that God never, ever, truly abandons us: “[B]ut, in these moments, He has your souls in His adorable Hands, and He enriches your souls by His gifts.”
With the removal of consolations, we truly, truly suffer, (as all of us know) but this is a good to our souls because it “enriches” our soul in a spiritual way, and brings us “His gifts”. So our soul is much more beautiful than our body.
The final aspect to consider regarding the soul, as revealed by Saint John Chrysostom, is that the soul seems to understand the goal of suffering much better than the body does.
For example, aging is hard on the body, and the body will experience real defeats during the process of aging. For the body, things seem to get worse as it ages, yet we are reassured that “[t]he Lord prepares for our bodies, dear brothers, a sort of triumph”.
The body, not being fed by the Divine, does not seem capable of understanding the invisible workings of the spiritual world: “[T]he body does not know, as well as the soul, to see that, when God overwhelms it, He elevates it on a throne.”
The way that the body understands things is in a material sense, not a spiritual sense. Through our five senses, we gather information that leads to our understanding.
This is how the world also thinks; that is, the world that does not recognize the reality of God, of the soul which He has made to dwell inside each and every human body.
This world cannot empirically give evidence for God, and so it rejects God for “measurable truths”.
But we, Marie-Julie Jahenny and all of us, we are people of Faith! And so, Saint John Chrysostom’s final advice to us is wise and gives us much to contemplate about our life on this earth: “If you want to become wise, become fools in the eyes of the world.”
You have checked our queen, Saint John Chrysostom!
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God has a place already set aside for us, a place that is lush and temperate of climate: Brittany!
Saint Michael, dressed again in his clothes of glory, is shining in gold. I hear above my head a group of birds. Their language is sad. I seem to recognize the melody of the canticle of death.
“Victim of the Cross,” says the Archangel, “these birds are a very sad omen.”
--“[You have checked my] queen! Saint Michael, I do not know that word.”
“Little birds,” he says, “speak from God.”
The birds seem surprised to hear the voice of the Holy Archangel. Only two seem to want to talk.
“Tell us your secrets,” Saint Michael continues, “tell us what sends you here.”
--We come from the power of God.
“Why do you wear these rings on your feet?”
One of the birds opens the ring and shows what is written. Saint Michael takes it and makes me see it. I read easily:
“This is the year of the predestination of France, if she makes an effort to give me her heart.”
Saint Michael seems to tremble, and says:
“Poor first-born daughter of the Church and of the Holy Virgin, will you have the courage to make such an effort?”
The bird lowers its head and hides its beak under its plumage.
“Bird,” says the Archangel, “show us your eyes. Take your head from under your wings.”
The bird obeys and I see tears flow from its eyes.
“Victim of the Cross,” continues Saint Michael, “I tell you highly that, without the aid of God, all is already lost: there is no hope…”
“Lord, mark with Thy abundant blessings the people who love Thee and who want to follow Thee. Small flock of the Lord, you will soon have where to spread out widely upon the earth. This one [France] will be depopulated of the impious, she will be purged of ungrateful sinners, and will leave a large expanse to the little flock of the Lord.”
(15 January 1878)
[Source: pp. 154-155, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Roberdel].
Reflection on this prophecy :
This prophecy mystically blends the world of the angels with the world of the humans and the world of the animals (as represented by some birds), and shows us God’s creation in its hierarchical and harmonious co-existence.
In this conversation with Saint Michael the Archangel, we learn of how God can use birds as messengers, and also as a figure for France:
Marie-Julie seems to be taken spiritually outdoors, for she hears a group of birds sadly singing above her head and she “recognize[s] the melody of the canticle of death.”
Saint Michael teaches Marie-Julie that these birds are a sign from God, “a very sad omen.”
Marie-Julie, being a simple country girl does not know this word "omen", so she uses the chess phrase "you have checked my queen" to let Saint Michael know, in a friendly way, that she does not understand.
Saint Michael tells her that little birds can relay messages from God; that is, that they “speak from God.”
These birds are low in the hierarchy of God’s creation, for they “seem surprised to hear the voice of the Holy Archangel.” Yet they recognize the Prince of the Church’s voice, but being lowly creatures in comparison, only two of them dare to speak to the mightiest of all the Angels.
Saint Michael orders the birds, and they reveal that they “come from the power of God.”
Saint Michael then asks about the rings around their feet, and, indeed, one ring is opened to reveal a message from God Almighty which Saint Michael shows to Marie-Julie.
And why does Marie-Julie say that she can read the message easily? Because Marie-Julie was illiterate, but during her ecstasies she could read easily.
In fact, Marie-Julie received a simple country girl's education, and did not know Latin, but during her ecstasies she could understand Latin. Also interesting, her decades of sufferings often included long periods of deafness, or being a deaf-mute, or being blind, but during her ecstasies, these sufferings disappeared – returning again once the ecstasy stopped.
In this prophecy, the bird’s message seems one of hope:
“This is the year of the predestination of France, if she makes an effort to give Me her heart.”
And since the birds have revealed that they come from the power of God, Saint Michael addresses the bird with the ring as the country of France itself, saying:
“Poor first-born daughter of the Church and of the Holy Virgin, will you have the courage to make such an effort?”
This bird hides in its shame, it “lowers its head and hides its beak under its plumage.”
Saint Michael orders it to lift its head, and Marie-Julie sees that it is crying.
The Archangel then addresses himself to Marie-Julie, saying that “without the aid of God, all is already lost: there is no hope…”
Why? Why is France’s only hope to have the direct aid of God?
France is too far steeped in her sins against God [see pages 48-50, Prophecies of La Fraudais (blog of August 25, 2017)].
And then, addressing God, the Archangel Saint Michael gives us hope with this plea on behalf of all of us:
“Lord, mark with Thy abundant blessings the people who love Thee and who want to follow Thee.”
These are the people who Saint Michael calls the “small flock of the Lord.”
Oh, may we belong to this small flock!
Christ is the Good Shepherd, and His Sacred Heart has promised to take care of his faithful children. After the Three Days of Darkness, we will have room to spread out!
Saint Michael the Archangel assures Marie-Julie of this fact when he reveals that “[t]his one [France] will be depopulated of the impious, she will be purged of ungrateful sinners, and will leave a large expanse to the little flock of the Lord.”
Brittany! This large expanse which has been set aside for us, and in which we are to continue living after the catastrophic darkness, is Brittany! It may look small on a world map, but the land area is large on a human scale.
It has been prophesied that there will be a separate sunbeam shining upon Brittany, keeping her warm, while the rest of the world freezes.
Brittany has a rich Catholic past, thanks to the Irish Saints (holy monks, priests,
and bishops) who came to convert souls in this part of France. Interestingly, even in our current times of apostasy from the Catholic Faith, Brittany is considered the most Catholic part of France.
Brittany will be our home in the future because God wills it.
Te Deum, laudamus!
We praise Thee God!
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The promised Ark of our Protection: The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
The Lord places on his cloak, at his chest, three nails suspended by three trickles of blood, each one more beautiful than the last. He tells me:
“Listen now. Here is the division [into three parts] which has been very visibly discerned. I leave it on my clothing of Glory, so that all of my Angels see them, and that the eyes of my Elect, whom I want to invite to accompany Me from Heaven to Earth, be dazzled by them. I place them [the three nails] there for them to admire; afterwards I will offer them to you.
“I am going to explain the meaning of these three connections to the Precious Trickle [of the Precious Blood]:
The first I give you, for my people, the gift of past prophecies on what is to befall the world, up to the age -- far from now -- of the end of centuries.
With the second, I give you to prophesy on the reign of the kings of the universe, and on the New Reign which will begin in peace, after the trial, and which will not be troubled until the penultimate times which affect the end of the world.
With the third, you will receive all my orders. On this place I will write the hour where my servants should direct themselves, for my glory, on the earth, where laments the Martyr of the Church [the Pope].
(2 March 1882)
Today, as in the times of Jesus, the Lord has sent grave warnings around the world. More than ever, He has presented to His people the brilliance of His Justice and His Mercy. He warns that the present times walk on the last path, soon to break, and so it works quickly in these announcements.
The Lord has availed himself of His servant [Marie-Julie] to warn His people of frightful darkness. At the time of their first revelations, it was seen as well then as today. What is added is frightening.
At that time, the sky must bring its warnings. The other servant of the Holy Virgin, on the mountain [Melanie of La Salette*] lies on the Cross, in the middle of tortures, in order to suck deeply the pain which reaches, almost already, the “Place of the Faith” [the Pope -- see this definition on page 10 of this book]. In the chains of these pains, she repeats:
“Lord, what will happen to he who governs Thy Church?”
“Pray, My children, pray, pray; there is no other remedy; there is no other hope. Until, through thick and sombre clouds, this luminary, a light of hope to him, if it is going to extend itself for he who prepares himself. The world takes a step closer to the abyss, a step with no return: all deepens itself for the days of pains, days made long by their intolerable evils, made long by their dreadful fright and the destruction of the people. This kingdom will only keep one handful of the world planted so far away, that the whistles of the strongest voices will not be able to hear it on this earth of desolation. As their Ark of Protection, the Just will have the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Words of the sad Flame of the Holy Ghost.
*Fr. Roberdel adds the footnote: “Without a doubt Melanie of LaSalette.”
(19 January 1881)
[Source: pp. 14-15, Le Ciel en Colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].
Reflection on these two Prophecies:
Father Roberdel has placed these two prophecies together, since they closely relate to the topic of the announcement of a new reign; that is, a reign “which will begin in peace, after the trial, and which will not be troubled until the penultimate times which affect the end of the world.”
The first prophecy begins with three gifts for Holy Mother Church, symbolized by the three nails which crucified our Lord. Each is suspended by a trickle of His Precious Blood.
The first is “the gift of past prophecies on what is to befall the world, up to the age ... of the end of centuries.”
Prophecies are consoling, because they assure us that all is permitted by God, that we are in His Hands, and so this gift is beautiful.
But the second gift is even more beautiful:
He gives us Marie-Julie Jahenny to “prophesy on the reign of the kings of the universe, and on the New Reign which will begin in peace, after the trial”.
The kings of the universe announced by Marie-Julie Jahenny are two: the Pope and the French Monarch. Marie-Julie has told us how the French Monarch will help the Holy Father to come out of exile to take his rightful and visible place on the Seat of St. Peter. The French Monarch will declare him the Pope to the world. Marie-Julie has also told us that the Holy Father, for his part, will bestow the king’s crown on the French Monarch, and declare he who is a descendant of the martyred King Louis XVI, the rightful King of France.
This will be a beautiful time, a joyful time to be alive; but the third gift is to be the most beautiful gift of all:
There seems to be a mystical call for the Faithful to step forward and gather, for God’s glory, with the exiled Pope: “you will receive all my orders. On this place I will write the hour where my servants should direct themselves, for my glory, on the earth, where laments the Martyr of the Church [the Pope].”
We, his faithful children, will gather around Him and the Holy Father will no longer lament! Through such a powerful and visible witness, the Holy Ghost will surely convince the sheep that have been led out of the sheepfold that there is indeed one shepherd and one sheepfold, outside of which there is no salvation.
The second prophecy takes us to the time of the punishments themselves. Christ has given us “grave warnings” through his prophets, but he has also “presented to His people the brilliance of His Justice and His Mercy. He warns that the present times walk on the last path, [and are] soon to break”.
There will be a “frightful darkness” which will be manifested in “the sky [which] must bring its warnings”. The Holy Father [Pope Gregory XVII] suffers in this darkness, and, in her lifetime, the victim on the mountain [Melanie of LaSalette] suffers for the Holy Father [Pope Gregory XVII] and asks God, “Lord, what will happen to he who governs Thy Church?”
From this, we can see that this darkness is metaphorical: a long-suffered darkness, a darkness when the Holy Father is, in his exile, unable to act as the Pope of His people.
This darkness is also defined as the pain: “which reaches . . . the “Place of the Faith”, which is the Papacy, since it is from the Papacy that Priests and Prelates get their priestly Holy Orders, and through which flow the graces of the Holy Sacraments, the only Sacraments which can give us spiritual life.
And we, the faithful, are told what part we must take at this time (the current time that we are living through):
“Pray, My children, pray, pray; there is no other remedy; there is no other hope.”
Already in Marie-Julie’s time the Church and the world was walking towards this time of the Silent Exile, taking “a step with no return: all deepens itself for the days of pains, days made long by their intolerable evils, made long by their dreadful fright and the destruction of the people.”
This is what has indeed happened, yes?
But God protects His Own! In the midst of this destruction and resulting desolation there is, as in the time of Noah, an ark for the salvation of the Church:
“As their Ark of Protection, the Just will have the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.”
Here in these two Hearts, so full of fervent love for us and all mankind, we can find our fortitude to carry on, our receptacles to place those tears that refuse to be shed because we will fight on, no matter what, until our last breaths.
The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary know our frustrations, and our battles. They know that we suffer as much (if not more) from our own failings and weaknesses as we do at the hands of Christ’s enemies.
If we place all of our trust in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will conquer our enemies on all fronts. We will not be refused when it is time to make our final humble offering of ourselves.
As the Holy Ghost told Marie-Julie Jahenny that we must pray, pray, and pray, let us pray first of all for the Holy Father:
Prayer for the Sovereign Pontiff
Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father the Pope under the protection of Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou his light, his strength and his consolation.
Versicle and Response:
V. Let us pray for our Pontiff Gregory XVIII
R. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him up not to the will of his enemies.
Our Father .... Hail Mary ....
Prayer: O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day as on every other day, he is praying for us also and is offering unto Thee, with holy fervor, the Sacred Victim of love and peace.
Wherefore O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite Mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in union with him.
Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great Mercy, grant O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and he offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy Blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of Benediction these words: “The peace of the Lord be with you always,” grant O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.
[Source: Raccolta, pp. 524-527].
Marie-Julie Jahenny, the victim soul who prayed for us and especially for the Holy See of the Cross, the Papacy in Exile. Hail Pope Gregorius XVIII !
Jesus tells me:
« Spiritual communion produces great fruits in the soul. Many souls have won more through spiritual communion than through sacramental communion.
The Council of Trent strongly recommended spiritual communion. The Doctors of the Church have also recommended it.
My children, there are souls who have won through [spiritual communion] 10,000 times more merits than by sacramental communion, due to the absence of priests, being that they [the priests] have been repelled by the authority.
This beautiful practice of spiritual communion, which is rare today, compensates Me for the great abandonment where I am left. The advantages are great, above all if one looks to divulge this practice.
My victim, it is necessary that you make satisfaction for those who offend me. It is necessary that you pay for the ingratitude of those who outrage me when they persecute you. It is necessary that you be stoned.
--I want it a lot.
If I stop making you suffer, the cessation of your sufferings will make my vengeance to fall upon those who persecute you and persecute Me . . .
You know, when the spouse suffers, the Divine Spouse also suffers. Our alliance is for always. You are the fountain into which I come to wash my bleeding wounds. My Victim, when I receive strong outrages, I drink from half of it and I give you the rest. When sinners strike on my spines, if there are two, I give you one. In this way, you have by a purpose the veil of my anger, the sinner will never be struck.
. . . In this rotten century, I have chosen for you the road of the greatest tests. To the others I give a father and a friend to direct them, to lighten and diminish their pains. For you I have made an exception: for you [there will be] no consolation. You tell me: My Lord, my Lord, am I in Thy grace? You are the only one that I have treated in this way.
--I thank Thee, my Jesus, as long as I am saved!
--I have allowed your enemies to place on you, upon your back, the coat of sufferings. I have wanted to see their malice. You have abandoned yourself to My Holy Will: that is what I was waiting for. I treat you as My Father has treated Me.”
(28 February 1878)
[Source: pp. 72-73, Le Ciel en Colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].
Reflection on this Prophecy :
This week’s prophecy bears important lessons: firstly about the merits to be had from Spiritual Communion, secondly, how we can make satisfaction for the sins against God by those who persecute us, and thirdly, how Marie-Julie Jahenny has been given a special role in this intercession on behalf of sinners.
About Spiritual Communion:
With Holy Mother Church in Her exile, we do not receive of the holy sacraments as much as we would like. This can become a burden, since it deprives us of spiritual graces to fight the good fight to our best ability each and every day.
What we need to consider, and to consider seriously, is making Acts of Spiritual Communion daily, and even often throughout each day. There is no limitation on how many Spiritual Communions a person may make.
And, as we learn from today’s prophecy, the benefits are a gain in merits before God, which make us more worthy for Heaven – that is, less likely to be damned for all eternity.
Our Lord Jesus Christ tells Marie-Julie that “Many souls have won more through spiritual communion than through sacramental communion.”
This is astonishing, for one always thinks that a sacramental Communion, the actual receiving of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, would be the most efficacious for the soul.
But it seems that this is not always the case. Logically then, it would seem that it is the degree of union with which one unites oneself with Our Lord spiritually which can allow us to gain, at times, greater merits.
And then our hopes soar as we read:
“My children, there are souls who have won through [spiritual communion] 10,000 times more merits than by sacramental communion, due to the absence of priests, being that they [the priests] have been repelled by the authority.”
Marie-Julie Jahenny is undergoing this exact situation, since she is denied sacramental communions for eleven years while the authority of her diocese undergoes its investigation of her visions, stigmata, etc.
And with the Great Apostasy which has taken place, we are left in a similar situation today!
Our search for daily graces must, AT LEAST ONCE DAILY, include making Acts of Spiritual Communion. We cannot fail in this, for the graces are great, giving “10,000 times more merits . . . due to the absence of priests”.
How good God is as we go through this desert experience!
Spiritual Communion is explained as the “beautiful practice of spiritual communion …[because it]…compensates [Christ] for the great abandonment
where [He is] left alone in a tabernacle, forgotten – or worse, rejected for some worldly distraction. May Christ have mercy on our souls!
About Interceding for Sinners who Persecute Us:
Christ tells Marie-Julie that “it is necessary that you make satisfaction for those who offend Me.” This is so that souls may receive graces necessary to their salvation.
Again we are reminded of the words of Our Lady of Fatima: “Souls go to Hell because there is no one to pray for them.”
Our Holy Mother is trying to help us to understand that intercessory prayer and sacrifices on behalf of sinners is not only very important, but also just.
Have we not ourselves received our Faith as a free gift from God? Where then are our merits which deserved this greatest of gifts?
But in our pride we forget that our Faith has not come from our own efforts, and in our self love we forget to intercede for the souls who are still to receive this One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith which we hold so dear.
No, we would rather indulge in angry or hate-filled thoughts, especially about those who persecute us (or have persecuted us in the past), rather than beg God for their souls to be saved.
Aren’t we at fault? Will we not have to answer for such wretched selfishness?
But we can do so much for poor sinners (and our own souls also)! We can offer up Spiritual Communions on behalf of these sinners, and especially on behalf of those who persecute us!
What Marie-Julie’s Intercessory Role Teaches Us:
God’s Divine Will for Marie-Julie is “the road of the greatest tests.” As she suffers through bouts of great pains, blindness, deafness, and not being able to speak, eat, drink, or walk, she is also being humiliated and isolated. As Christ tells her in this prophecy, “for you [there will be] no consolation.”
And she, who is being utterly abandoned to endure her sufferings without consolations, is revealed to be receiving a great grace, for our Lord tells Marie-Julie, “You are the only one that I have treated in this way.”
Her role as intermediary for sinners is explained thus:
“When sinners strike on my spines, if there are two, I give you one. In this way, you have by a purpose the veil of my anger, so that the sinner will never be struck.”
Christ is revealing that it is through the sufferings that she accepts, which rightly belong to those who sin against God, that she is able to help them to avoid Hell.
Who are these sinners?
Those who PERSECUTE HER!
And so we come to understand that these souls who persecute us are sent to us so that we will be their mediaries with God!
If we can take this suffering on, without complaining but by making prayerful and earnest supplications instead (such as Spiritual Communions), then we can help that soul to avoid Hell because God is giving us the means, because God wants it!
What a great friend we have in the Bridegroom of our souls! He gives us so many opportunities to live a supernatural life while still on earth. Here we are, in the 2018th Year of Our Lord, and we are studying a lesson which Jesus Christ gave to Marie-Julie in 1878!
May we remember always about the importance of daily Spiritual Communions, and about the need to intercede for those who persecute us.
Laus Tibi, Christe!