Child Jesus: August 2012 Archives

An Urgent Request

| | Comments (2)

IMG_1099.jpg

Therefore I say unto you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you. (Mark 11:24)
And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. (Luke 11:9-10).

Life at Silverstream Priory is a day-to-day and hour-to-hour act of trust in Divine Providence. Some would say that living as we do is folly; I maintain that it is the highest wisdom. The other evening as I brought our pressing financial concerns to Our Lord in prayer, these words of the psalmist rose from my heart to my lips:

Trust in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed with its riches. Delight in the Lord, and he will give thee the requests of thy heart. Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in him, and he will do it. (Psalm 36:3-5)
Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. (Psalm 54:22)

One of the priestly figures in my gallery of heavenly heroes is Father Ernest Lelièvre (1826-1889), the devoted co-worker of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a true friend and father of the destitute elderly. Father Lelièvre wrote:

Père Ernest Lelièvre.jpg

I know that I serve a Master
who values the will of a sincere heart
beyond any talent.
My ignorance counts on His knowledge,
my poverty on His wealth,
my weakness, on HIs strength.
And I know,
and am perfectly certain that,
of all the calculations I could make,
the wisest is to abandon myself to Him.

Renovating Silverstream Priory

The renovation of Silverstream Priory is a daunting task. The work required to make the existing buildings functional and suitable for our purposes is extensive and costly.

We are focusing now on the book store, knowing that once it is open, it will generate income, and the church, knowing that once it is open, it will generate charity, peace, and joy.

Asking for Your Help

At the moment we are in need of funds -- and so we are turning with confidence to Jesus,King of Love. Will you not pray with us, asking Him to provide the funds we need? Here is the prayer that we started saying at the end of the Hours. Please say it with us.

O Jesus, King of Love,
Whose resources are infinite,
Whose Heart is divinely generous,
and to Whom nothing is impossible,
our resources are nought;
we cannot give what we do not have;
and without Thee we can do nothing.
Therefore, in this hour of need,
we place our trust in Thy merciful goodness.

Thou art our Shepherd, O King of Love;
Thy Heart is our unfailing Treasury
and Thy hands dispense inexhaustible treasures
to those who trust in Thy merciful goodness.

Thy most loving Heart is our only recourse.
To whom shall we go in our poverty
if not to Thee, O Jesus, King of Love?

Let Thy merciful goodness hasten to deliver us
for we are hard pressed in our necessities.
We praise Thee for Thy gracious condescension,
and we thank Thee for Thy speedy help,
more certain than the break of day
at the end of the darkness of night.

O Jesus, King of Love,
Thou wilt not disappoint us in our hope,
for we trust now and shall trust always
in Thy merciful goodness. Amen.

IMG_1097.jpg

This morning, following the blessing of the statue of Jesus King of Love at the end of Holy Mass, we made the following Act of Consecration:

O JESUS, KING OF LOVE,
WITH TRUST IN THY MERCIFUL GOODNESS,

we consecrate ourselves to Thee;
and offer to Thy Sacred Heart
all that we have received from Thee:
our life itself,
our strength, and our talents,
our desires, our works, and our humble efforts.
At the same time we offer Thee
our weaknesses and our inconsistencies,
our fears, our failures, and even our sins,
for there is nothing of ours
that Thy merciful love cannot redeem, and heal,
restore, and turn to Thy Father's glory.

Thou hast come to us in Thy image,
and so we come to Thee
to offer Thee what is already Thine:
the church built to Thy glory sixty years ago,
this house and all the constructions adjacent to it,
the entire property of Silverstream,
its fields, its water, its woodlands,
and all Thy creatures therein.

By the light of Thy Eucharistic Face
and the fire of Thy Eucharistic Heart:
make Silverstream entirely Thine:
a little kingdom where Thy Love holds sway,
and in which all are subject to Thee.

O Jesus, King of Love,
make this monastery a hospital for the healing of sick souls,
a safe refuge for fearful and anxious souls,
a welcoming home for poor and restless souls.

Here, O King of Love,
let sinners be converted;
here, let the lukewarm be set ablaze;
here, reveal to Thy friends the secrets of Thy Sacred Heart.

Here, let souls receive the gifts of Thy Divine Friendship:
perseverance in prayer, peace of mind, and purity of heart.
Here, make Thy servants joyful in a shining chastity,
and ardent in an unassailable purity.
Here, raise up those who have fallen,
give light to those who are in darkness,
give courage to those beset by fear.

O King of Love,
so establish the sovereign rule of Thy Heart in this monastery and over it,
that it will become a garden enclosed,
a sanctuary of silence and of peace,
a place of tranquil order, where beauty is at home.

Cast out from this place the powers of darkness,
the enemies of our souls,
the cruel tempters of Thine anointed,
and the bodiless persecutors of those who would live for Thee alone.

Impart to all who live here,
or labour here,
or visit here,
or in any way participate in this monastery's growth,
a share in the incomparable grace of spiritual childhood,
and an unfailing light along the path of confidence
and abandonment to Thy merciful love.

O Jesus, King of Love,
meek and humble of heart,
rule over this, Thy little kingdom;
make all herein the faithful subjects of Thy Love,
the adorers of Thy Eucharistic Face,
and the friends of Thy Eucharistic Heart.

Having lived in Thine intimacy here below,
vouchsafe that we may pass from this life
to the glory of heaven,
there to praise Thy merciful goodness
in the company of Thy Immaculate Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary,
of Saint Joseph, Saint John, Thy Beloved Disciple,
Saint Benedict, Saint Thérèse, Blessed Abbot Marmion,
Thy servant Mother Yvonne-Aimée,
the Holy Angels, and all Thine elect,
forever, and unto the ages of ages.
Amen.


Jesus, King of Love

| | Comments (1)

IMG_1098.jpg

Cast thy care upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.
From the Introit (Psalm 54:23)

O God, who dost manifest Thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity; increase Thy mercy towards us, that we, seeking the way of Thy promises, may be made partakers of Thy heavenly treasures.
The Collect

And the Publican standing afar off would not so much as lift up his eyes to- wards heaven, but struck his breast saying: O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
From the Gospel (Luke 18:13)

To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.The Offertory Antiphon (Psalm 24:1-3)

The Statue of Jesus, King of Love

The Propers of the Mass of the 10th Sunday After Pentecost proved to be more than fitting for this morning's solemn blessing of the statue of Jesus, King of Love. The statue, handcarved from linden wood and handpainted in Germany, is the gift of a friend of the monastery.

The Invocation

The image of Jesus, King of Love is linked to the little invocation given by Our Lord to Yvonne Beauvais on 17 August 1922. Yvonne was sojourning at the Augustinian Monastery of Malestroit when Our Lord manifested Himself to her, and said: "Say and , morning and evening, O Jésus, Roi d'Amour, j'ai confiance en votre miséricordieuse bonté. -- O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy merciful goodness."

On 28 August 1922, the feast of Saint Augustine, the Doctor of Charity, the Superioress of the Monastery of Malestroit, at Yvonne's request, introduced the practice of reciting the little invocation every morning and evening. She did this without revealing the origin of the prayer and without mentioning Yvonne.

Yvonne Beauvais-thumb-300x450-8610.jpg

Indulgenced by Blessed John XXIII

At first, the little invocation spread by word of mouth. In 1927 modest bookmarks bearing an image of the Sacred Heart were printed to promote the recitation of the prayer. In 1932 the Bishop of Vannes, France, approved the invocation for his diocese. The following year, Pope Pius XI indulgenced the prayer for the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus, for their sick and for those hospitalized in their institutions. Pope Pius XII renewed the favour and, on December 6, 1958, Blessed John XXIII extended it to the universal Church.

My Own Witness

As a young monk, I tried for years to practice the ceaseless prayer of the heart that is the aim of all monastic observance. Time and time again I resolved to pray always, failed at it, and began again. About thirty years ago, quite providentially, I came upon an old biography of Mother Yvonne-Aimée (1901-1951) in a used book store and, in reading it, learned of the prayer, "O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in thy merciful goodness."

IMG_1099.jpg

One day, kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, I realized that the prayer was repeating itself ceaselessly and effortlessly in my heart. I found himself praying the little invocation at every waking moment and even during the hours of the night, in a way similar to the "Jesus Prayer" of monks of the Eastern Church. Over the years, the grace of ceaseless prayer by means of the little invocation has not abated. It is always there: a gentle murmur of confidence bubbling up from the depths of my heart.

Early in my priesthood I began hearing great numbers of confessions. Having discovered for myself the soothing and healing power of the little invocation, I began to give it as a penance to those whom came to me for confession. Individuals from all walks of life attest to the graces received: graces of inner healing, of victory over persistent and deeply rooted habits of sin, of trust in the mercy of Christ, and of a ceaseless prayer of the heart.

The Image

In 1940, during World War II, in order to make the prayer even better known and loved, Mother Yvonne-Aimée herself designed a medal and an image. She depicted Our Lord as a little boy of two or three years of age. His expression is loving and compassionate; He is completely approachable. The crown signifies His kingship; the olive branch, the gifts of healing and of peace that He offers; with His other hand He points to His Heart overflowing with tender mercy.

Its Healing Grace

The devotion to Jesus, King of Love is especially helpful to adults having suffered from some trauma in childhood such as sexual, emotional, or physical abuse. The Child King is not threatening. The child living inside the emotionally wounded adult can accept the embrace of the little King of Love. One traumatized in childhood can allow the Little King to come close and to absorb into the innocence of His Divine Childhood the shattered innocence that continues to cause fear, shame, and an inability to keep oneself safe. At the same time, Jesus, King of Love restores to souls the innocence that was lost in childhood, or stolen, or cruelly defiled.

In Silverstream Priory

The statue of Jesus, King of Love that we blessed this morning corresponds in every detail to the image designed by Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus. Here is the text of the blessing:

Solemn Blessing of the Statue of Jesus, King of Love


V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God,
Father of mercies and God of all consolation,
Who hast delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hast translated us into the kingdom of the Son of Thy love,
Thine adorable image,
the brightness of Thy glory,
and the figure of Thy substance,
Thou hast not forbidden men to carve representations of Him,
so that, by looking upon His image with our bodily eyes,
we may receive an inward impression of His divine majesty,
His meekness, and the merciful goodness of His Heart;
Deign, therefore, to bless and to hallow this statue
which has been made in memory and honor
of the Childhood and Kingship
of Thine Only-Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
and grant that all who in its presence
put their trust in His merciful goodness,
may receive the gifts of healing and of peace there signified,
and may by the love of His Heart,
so advance in faith, in hope, and in charity,
as to come at length to the Kingdom of Thy Glory,
where He liveth and reigneth with Thee,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever.
All: Amen.


About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

Donations for Silverstream Priory

Categories

Archives