Let those who are ill, those who suffer, those whose hearts are breaking under the Cross, listen to the words of life, of comfort and of hope that I address to them in the name and for the glory of the heart of Jesus. The world is going astray along a path of unbridled sensuality. You who are suffering and ill can stop thousands of souls on this downward path; you can rescue sinners and be apostles in your pain and weariness. You can purify, make reparation, and save souls by offering your sufferings as an apostolate of love. Vanity, frivolity, forgetfulness of God, and outrages against His Law daily threaten to fill hell with souls. For love of Jesus, I beg you who are in anguish of soul to offer your family troubles, your sorrows and mental anguish as a missionary apostolate. Give them all to Him. Priests and religious need help in their sublime mission; you, whose hearts are torn with sorrow and trouble of every kind, you who are misunderstood, families in mourning, orphans, do not lose your golden treasure, do not waste your precious tears – perhaps a father, a husband, a brother or a son is in danger of eternal death. Offer your sufferings, in the Chalice of Mary’s heart to Jesus Who thirsts for souls. All you who suffer, do not forget that sorrow sanctified by love, becomes the holiest of missions, the most persuasive of sermons, the most fruitful of apostolates. So preach the Social Reign of the heart of Jesus, even while you are nailed to the cross. ~Fr. Mateo, SS.CC.
Why should there be an Apostolate of Suffering?
I have been redeemed by the Cross. Therefore I must cooperate in the salvation of souls. I can be and I desire to be an apostle in my sufferings. Tears shed without love are wasted and embitter the soul. TO weep with love consoles, sanctifies and redeems. No one is nearer the Crucified King than the friend He crucifies in His mercy. Let us hasten to open heaven to many souls and to our own soul, let us glorify the Heart of Jesus by this supreme proof of love. Let us extend and confirm His reign by the wonderful fruitfullness of this apostolate which is within the reach of all.
How must I excercise this Apostolate?
1) Offer every day and if possible many times a day, sufferings, disappointments, contradictions, etc., so as to increase the treasures of the apostolate which is to purchase souls and families for the glory of the Heart of Jesus
2) Recite this prayer with great love:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate and sorrowful Heart of Mary, I offet Thee the treasure of all my physical and mental sufferings, and I praise and thank Thee, O King of Love, in all my sorrows, asking in exchange the extension of Thy Social Reign. May Thy Kingdom come by Thy Cross and my crosses! Sacre Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!
How shall I join this Apostolate?
Make the following offering:
By suffering borne with love and peace of soul, I promise to become an apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I offer all my sufferings in union with the sufferings of Christ for the conversion of souls in my own family, in the Holy Father’s Missions, and for the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in families.