The ﬁrst chapter of our scrutiny presented almost all the main heroes of the nascence of French Sacred Hearts revelation and devotion. How these and other heroes were guided by the Sacred Hearts, and what were, starting from the time of the Prophet Moses, remained and becoming today the intentions of this Divine grace, are the themes of the present and last chapters.
We are attempting to speak here about the program and actions of the Sacred Hearts in France from, as it were, “Their own Sacred point of view”. And we will insist, and minutely demonstrates that neither Their program is exhausted, nor Their actions are ﬁnished. Quite to the contrary, They are streaming Their graces from the past by today-toward tomorrow, towards all humanity and at least as fast and vigorously as three or two hundred years ago but in fact much faster and with incredible energy and scope.
In other words, this story is focusing on the grandiose divine project of the Sacred Hearts to save, educate, acquire, and embrace forever with Love us, and with our help and devotion all believers. Believers faithful, veracious and capable to as profoundly love and help others as They do, initially with Israel in and after Egypt, then in France, but at the end everywhere, in Europe, America, Africa, Asia, Australia. Be we and they Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, Russian Orthodox, unbelievers.
I conﬁde myself to you, my dear reader: please, be attentive, critical, compassionate – and please, accompany me with prayer on this exciting historic and spiritual pilgrimage.
Figure 1: Moses with the Ten Commandments, 1648. By Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674), Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Prophet Moses and the Sacred Heart
Our Lord invited Moses to save his & His people. Moses was not always as comprehensive and obedient as Our Lord desired, but he ﬁnally fully assumed his role of the guide to the Divine Salvation. After the exodus from Egypt, Moses was confronted with the ire of the Lord on Israel for their idolatrous faith, and he pleaded with Him:
“Now if you would only forgive their sin! But if you will not, then blot me out of the Book that you have written.” The Lord answered Moses: “Only the one who has sinned against me will I blot out of my book.”(Exodus 32:32-33)
Having canceled this threat, Lord declared to Moses that he “has found favour with Him and became His intimate friend.” In fact, “the Lord used to speak to Moses, face to face, as a person speaks to a friend” (according to Exodus 33 :11,17). Only the Face of the Trinitarian Lord was impossible for Moses to see:
Then Moses said, “Please let me see your glory” The Lord answered: I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim my name, “Lord,” before you; I who show favour to whom I will, I who grant mercy to whom I will. But you cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live. (Exodus 33:18-23)
This close intimate friendship has appeared spontaneously, due to the mortally dangerous errors of Israel, the errors confessed and partially corrected by Moses and fully forgiven by the Lord. We recognise this atmosphere of mutual trust and divine love which also prevails in the mystical exchanges of Sacred Hearts.
Why then was Moses ﬁnally punished by the Lord and never entered the Holy Land? The Jewish commentaries offer a wide range of answers, not satisfactory. The Sacred Heart story implies the only and, for that matter, pertinent answer: the intimate friendship with the Lord frees the person from the obligations of the world and makes him understanding, honest, and really happy servant.
This is why Moses’ below argument “are we to produce water for you out of this rock ?” was an abusive multi-level lie – ﬁrst, it is the Lord who produces ALL for Israel, not Moses with Aaron (for whom, as well as for his sons according to the Bible, such a devious attitude toward the graces of the Lord was rather typical), and second, the Lord does it only as His grace, part of His act of paternal love and forgiveness:
Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly in front of the rock, where he said to them, “Just listen, you rebels! Are we to produce water for you out of this rock ?” Then, raising his hand, Moses struck the rock twice with his staff, and water came out in abundance, and the community and their livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “Because you did not have conﬁdence in me, to acknowledge my holiness before the Israelites, therefore you shall not lead this assembly into the land I have given them.” (Numbers 20:10-12)
Holy Sisters of the Catholic Church presented below, as innumerable other Saints of the Church accepted as intimate friends by the Lord, were absolutely faithful and active to the end of their missions and lives. Were they stronger than Moses? Apparently not – but they were baptised and raised in the Name of Christ, and they were sustained by His sacriﬁce.
Prophet Jonah, Jesus, and Our Lady of Fatima
The grace of the intimate friendship with the Lord was quite different from the experience of the Prophet Elijah quoted in our ﬁrst chapter (see-“The First Book of Kings” 19:11-12). And it is in the full contradiction with the story of the Prophet Jonah:
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the Prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great ﬁsh, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” (Matthew 12:38-41)
Jonah was a respected Prophet of Israel, and the Almighty sent him to preach to gentiles, the inﬁdels of Nineveh.
Jonah refused to do this – apparently because, according to the Rabbinical exegesis, his own people was at this time in trouble of disorder, unbelief, and sin. And yet, Jonah couldn’t ﬂee from God – at the end he sermonized them and the “men of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah”.
In the beginning, Israel has been chosen and elevated by Our Lord to be His holy people and Prophet among the nations:
Now, if you obey me completely and keep my covenant, you will be my treasured possession among all peoples. You will be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. (From Exodus 10:5-6)
Jonah’s example has shown the beginning of the demise of Israel’s Prophetic vocation, as it was divinely deﬁned and nurtured with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and later performed with extraordinarily self-sacriﬁces by Moses and Israel’s
A few thousand years later, the Virgin Mary came to Fatima to warn Her people of a similar, mortal danger for the Church and for the humanity. The testimony on Russia was and remains the most important example. As Sister Lucia was writing to the Holy Father on May 12, 1982, Russia was lost, became wicked, and deliriously ambitious as a sinner, tyrant, and murderer because we did not heed this appeal of the Message, and we see today that it has been fulﬁlled: Russia has invaded the world with her errors.
This is the central part of the message of the Sacred Hearts: everyone should have the divine chance to be saved. And we, the Church, loved, embraced and guided by Them, are Their collaborators.
Figure 2: Here is presented the authentic mystical experience of the three nuns: Saint Julian in the middle, Blessed Eve on the right, Sister Isabella on the left. The painting is named “Sainte-Julienne du Mont-Cornillon etl’institution de la Fˆete-Dieu”, and is the œuvre of Englebert Fisen, 1690 (St. Martin, Li`ege).
Sacred Souls, Their Holy Vocations, and Sacriﬁces
In 1264 Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull Transiturus in which the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, ﬁrst celebrated in Li`ege in 1246, was declared a feast throughout the entire Latin Rite. This was the very ﬁrst papally sanctioned universal feast in the history of the Latin Rite.
The story of this feast is a natural and necessary preface to the story of the Sacred Heart – the last could be assumed and understood only with the intimated knowledge of the Sacred Sacriﬁce.
Three Catholic nuns, Cistercians from the city of Li`ege, Belgium today, motivated by their mystical experiences and lone and common prayers, have inspired these episcopal and Papal decisions. Namely: the abbess Saint Julienne (Juliana) de Cornillon (1192-1258; she is remembered in the Church on April 5), Blessed Eve de Saint-Martin, a recluse (v. 1205-1265, March 14), and Sister Isabelle de Huy (-1255).
When she was thirteen, Juliana entered the monastery. At the age of sixteen, she had a vision of the Church under the full moon with a dark spot on it. She was given to understand that the spot signiﬁed the absence of a special feast in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. Later Our Lord explained that he desired a separate feast in honour of the Eucharist. He told her that he wanted the feast for three reasons: to conﬁrm people’s faith in the Real
Presence, to strengthen them in virtue by their love and adoration for the Eucharist, and to make reparation for the lack of respect shown to the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus entrusted Juliana with the mission of promoting the new feast.
This mission was shared with Juliana by Eve and Isabelle. Their self-sacriﬁcing efforts didn’t spare them, and especially the Abbess Juliana, from terrible persecutions (see, for example, the address of the Pope Benedict XVI, November 17, 2010).
The papal bull recognised and proclaimed publicly for the ﬁrst time our personal involvement and loving relationship with Christ as the voluntary victim for, and generous giver of the Eucharist. Juliana was canonised in 1869 by Pope Pius IX and further celebrated by Pope John Paul II, who wrote a letter mentioning her on the 750th anniversary of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
O, My Savior! Rather Discharge On Me Your Anger
Four hundred years later, it was the Saint Margaret Maria Alacoque who accompanied Our Lord in the revelation, now of His Sacred Heart, typically with great sufferings – do it remind you the sufferings, the pleas, and the blessedness of Moses?
Once Our Saviour demonstrated to her the punishments He was intended to exert on some souls. Immediately, she threw herself at His adorable feet begging in tears:
“O, my Saviour! rather discharge on me all Thy fury; efface me from the Book of Life rather than lose these souls which have cost Thee so dear.”“But they do not love thee, and will not cease to adore thee.” – “No matter, my God, provided they love Thee; I will not cease to beseech Thee to pardon them.” – I will do so if thou answer for them.” – “Yes, my God, but I shall always pay Thee only the treasures of Thy Sacred Heart, which are Thy own goods.” Whereupon, Our Lord declared Himself satisﬁed and forgave them.
And Jesus has chosen Margaret Maria as His bride. Jesus called her “the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart”, and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the ﬁre which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings, as in this divine deﬁnition of the grace of Holy Communions:
“On Friday during Holy Communion, He said these words to His unworthy slave, if I mistake not : I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine ﬁrst Fridays of consecutive months the grace of ﬁnal repentance ; they will not die under my displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, my divine Heart making itself their assured refuge at the last moment.”
Finally, Our Lord had requested through Saint Margaret Mary in 1689 that the King of France, Louis XIV, consecrate the nation to the Sacred Heart. This was not done. Nor was it done during the long reign of his immoral and incompetent successor, Louis XV.
It was done, one hundred years late, by Louis XVI, too late to save France, or the King himself, from the Revolution. Our Lord made reference to this hundred year procrastination of the kings of France in His message in 1931 to Sister Lucia of Fatima in regard to His requested consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart:
“Make it known to My ministers, that given they follow the example of the King of France, in delaying the execution of My command . . . that like him, they will follow him into misfortune, they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late.”
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