Consoling the Heart of Jesus
33 Days to Morning Glory led us to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Stage One, Part I. In Part II, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, we will learn about God's infinite mercy and how we can give him joy, consoling his heart, by accepting his love and trusting in him completely. We'll discover how suffering can actually help us grow spiritually closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Order a copy of the book here: https://catholic.market/programs/hearts-afire/consoling-the-heart-of-jesus/
Orientation and Introduction to Consoling the Heart Jesus
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, along with the teachings of Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska, and Louis de Montfort are brought together by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, to lead us to trust in Jesus, the Divine Mercy.
Laying the Foundation
The desire for holiness. To make a good Ignatian retreat, it's important to begin with an ardent desire for sanctity. So, I'd like to start right off by asking, do you want to be a saint? In other words, do you desire to be on fire with love for God and neighbor? If you can answer such questions ...
Obstacle 0: How Can We Console Jesus if He Is Happy in Heaven?
You may be one of those people for whom the testimony of St. Margaret Mary (and other mystics of the Church) is enough. You may be one of those people who say, "I believe that Jesus revealed the deep and ongoing sorrow of his Sacred Heart through St. Margaret Mary, and I want to console him." If,...
Obstacle 1: Fear of Suffering
For many of us, the word "reparation" is a like a big, red stop sign that puts an end to our drawing close to the Lord's Heart. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some of us, on hearing this word, might respond to the Lord by saying: "Well, Lord, I do want to help you and be your friend and all,...
Obstacle 2: Our Weaknesses, Sinfulness, & Attachments
Have you ever had the experience where, when it came time to pray, you found yourself dragging your feet? For instance, have you ever gone to your local parish for Eucharistic Adoration or a Rosary and found that the fliers posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule suddenly became irresistibl...
Obstacle 3: Fear of Suffering, Again
In an attempt to knock down the obstacle "fear of suffering," I'm going to give it a one-two punch. In other words, I'm going to treat it in two parts. In the first part, we'll see that the best possible way to console Jesus is so simple and easy—there's nothing to fear. In the second part, we'll...
Obstacle 4: The Sensitivity of the Lord's Heart
Recall how easy it is to console Jesus: it simply takes our trust. Now recall how easy it is to hurt the Lord: it simply takes our lack of trust. That last part often presents an obstacle to our going to Jesus. The sensitivity of the Lord's Heart is like a double-edged sword. On the one side, it ...
Obstacle 5: The Insensitivity of Our Hearts—Part I
Perhaps you've experienced an ice-cold stream of disappointments, misunderstandings, and various hurts that have tempted you to close your heart to others. Perhaps you've also given in to some of those temptations, and your heart has become insensitive and hard. If so, then this session is especi...
Obstacle 5: The Insensitivity of Our Hearts—Part II
Instead of giving all our attention to the suffering of the Sacred Heart, we're going to take a close look at the suffering of our neighbor. Specifically, how we can reach out to our neighbor to help alleviate his suffering.
Conclusion to Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Congratulations! We've covered all the main obstacles to living our principle and foundation of consoling the Heart of Jesus. Yet we're still not finished. While now we may have everything we need to become great saints, this doesn't mean we already are. Before it can happen, each of us needs to ...
Consoling the Heart of Jesus Coordinator Guide