VICTIM SOUL,
A RESPONSE OF LOVE 

When Love crucified touches us in the inner most part of our being and we experience His gaze, His tears, His precious blood flowing out from His holy body, His tender hands pierced through with nails, His bruised face, the thorns penetrating His holy head, the thorns embedded deep in His Sacred Heart, His bleeding tortured Heart … a soul only desires to respond to such love by loving Jesus the way that He has loved us. To be touched by Love crucified awakens in the heart a consuming desire to love in the same way. This is the call, the awakening in the heart, to love as a victim soul.


This is the central experience and driving force in St. Paul. Having known the radical love of Christ for Him, the Holy Spirit became a fire of love driving him to be Christ pouring himself in love.

 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2,20

My life is already being poured away as a libation -2 Timothy 4,6


This is not only for St. Paul. He teaches all to live the same:

 

Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.  Try, then, to imitate God as children of his that he loves and follow Christ loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God. -Ephesians 4:32-5:8


The call to be a victim soul is the desire to love to the extreme of the Cross, because that is how our Beloved has loved us. This is the lives of the saints and we are called to be saints.

 

Jesus to Ven. Conchita: “Love Me as I have loved you, in My interior Cross, after the very first moment of My Incarnation. Love Me in suffering and in sacrifice out of love. Love Me for I am God and solely to please Me. It is toward this love that I aspire, the love I desire.” (Conchita, Diary, Sept. 11, 1900)

We immediately see that we are incapable of such love. We understand that the sacrifices of our daily lives are impure and worthless, but here lies the gift of the Cross. Our daily sacrifices, prayers, sufferings and tears united to Love crucified , through Mary, are purified through His precious blood. Our sacrifice is made holy and acceptable to the Father in Jesus crucified. This is the power and wisdom of the Cross. Our sacrifices no longer have the stench of sin but become a pure and holy fragrance.

 

After the waters resided and Noah’s Ark was on land, Noah and his family came out of the ark and built an altar and offered their sacrifices to God. The Book of Genesis tells us that their sacrifice was a “sweet odor” to God and God was pleased with their offerings. (Gen 8:21) Our lives blessed, broken and united to Jesus crucified become a sweet fragrance that rises to the Father. Our small and insignificant daily sacrifices become grace through Jesus, with Jesus and in Jesus for the world.

This is the “hidden power” that will sweep through the world sanctifying, purifying and saving souls. This is the “hidden power” that will aid in the renewal of the priesthood and help raise up an army of holy priests.”Offer yourself as a victim for My priests. Unite yourself to My sacrifice for gaining them graces.” (Conchita, Diary, Sept. 24, 1927)

We are honored and humbled to have been chosen to participate in the work of redemption, for none of us deserve such a precious gift from our Lord. Therefore, we must embrace this gift by responding fully with great zeal, courage, total abandonment and love.

“It is a great honor for souls when the Father calls them to associate them with the Redemption; with the coredemption uniting them with Me and Mary; with the Apostolate of the Cross, that is, with that of innocent suffering, of sorrow full of love and pure, expiatory and salvific sorrow on behalf of the culpable world.” (Conchita, Diary, June 23, 1918)


SPANISH

Catecismo
La participación de los laicos en la misión sacerdotal de Cristo  -Catecismo 901-902

 "Los laicos, consagrados a Cristo y ungidos por el Espíritu Santo, están maravillosamente llamados y preparados para producir siempre los frutos más abundantes del Espíritu. En efecto, todas sus obras, oraciones, tareas apostólicas, la vida conyugal y familiar, el trabajo diario, el descanso espiritual y corporal, si se realizan en el Espíritu, incluso las molestias de la vida, si se llevan con paciencia, todo ello se convierte en sacrificios espirituales agradables a Dios por Jesucristo, que ellos ofrecen con toda piedad a Dios Padre en la celebración de la Eucaristía uniéndolos a la ofrenda del cuerpo del Señor. De esta manera, también los laicos, como adoradores que en todas partes llevan una conducta sana, consagran el mundo mismo a Dios" (LG 34; cf. LG 10).

902 De manera particular, los padres participan de la misión de santificación "impregnando de espíritu cristiano la vida conyugal y procurando la educación cristiana de los hijos" (CIC, can. 835, 4).

 


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