with thorns . . .
Ever bleeding . . .
Exposed for all to see . . .
Well, if you dare to say, “Make my heart like unto Thine,”
then be careful to understand what you’re asking for.
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today’s world, spiritual darkness is growing.
Governments have been taken over by diabolical powers of evil, and
these Luciferian forces cannot be fought with politics.
There is no crime that is beneath the “dignity” of a demon. The only force that can
overcome demons is spiritual purity, and so that must be our
primary weapon on the battleground. Only with spiritual purity can anyone recognize the
fraud and the lies that assault us constantly and that, to save our souls, we must
resolutely resist. Sadly, those who are willing to fight such a battle today are few and
far between; the smoke of Satan has filled the Church, making it lukewarm and filled with
hypocrites. Even most priests today are incapable of engaging
in such a battle—that is, they are untrained or unwilling, or both. The world is on the
slippery slope to doom, and only those who seek the spark of truth in
the darkness can avoid being snatched by demons.
So, if you want, you can join the battle to defend holiness; you, too, can be like a
sparkling star that shines in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation (see
Make It Real
Whenever you are cursed, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have cursed Christ.”
Whenever you are disbelieved, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have disbelieved Christ.”
Whenever you are forgotten, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have forgotten Christ.”
Whenever you are hated, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have hated Christ.”
Whenever you are ignored, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have ignored Christ.”
Whenever you are insulted, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have insulted Christ.”
Whenever you are laughed at, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have laughed at Christ.”
Whenever you are ridiculed, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have ridiculed Christ.”
Whenever you are scorned, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have scorned Christ.”
Whenever you are yelled at, say to yourself, “I
can endure this gracefully, for all the times I or others have yelled at Christ.”
Act of Reparation
Afflicted by the outrages of
indifference, ingratitude, and contempt that the Sacred Heart of Jesus receives
from this world, say this prayer daily. This adapted version of the prayer is to be
said privately. (The original prayer was prescribed by Pope Pius XI to be recited on
the feast of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.)
Jesus, whose wondrous love for mankind is disparaged by ingratitude, negligence,
and contempt, behold my desire to help make reparation for the cruel injuries to which
Your loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful that I myself
have had a share in such great indignities, which I now deplore from the
depths of my heart, I ask Your pardon and declare my readiness
to atone by voluntary expiation not only for my own personal offenses but
also for the offenses of those who, straying far from the path of
salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow
You, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing or slighting the solemn vows of their
baptism, have cast from their hearts and lips Your
I am resolved to expiate the
deplorable outrages committed against You throughout the world, committed even by
I deplore affronts to Christian morality
that wound You by immodesty of dress and behavior; by ubiquitous
profanity; by shameful pornography; by rampant fornication; by lust, adultery, and divorce
that defile the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony; by the heartless malice of
abortion; by the rebellious endorsing of aberrant sexual
practices; by pedophilia and child sex trafficking; by the lies and disfigurement wrought by
traηsgeηder ideology and the resulting psychological disorders inflicted on
children; by the diabolical effects of drugs,
I deplore affronts to Christian
love that wound You by merciless cruelty and by the virulent fraud, lies, anger, and hate
which stain so many hearts.
I deplore affronts to Catholic teaching
and authority that wound You by heresies; by worship of false and empty gods; by atheistic
ideologies; and by the dark rites of secret societies, occult
arts, and witchcraft.
I deplore affronts to Christian tradition that
wound You by the profanation of Your Real Presence in the Eucharist, whether it be by neglect
and irreverence or by terrible acts of sacrilege; by the frequent violation of holy days and
Sundays; and by the casualness of dress and conduct within Your churches.
I deplore affronts to Christian fidelity that
wound You though Your betrayal by many of Your bishops and priests in their seditious
attempts to destroy traditional values; in their sins of intellectualism, materialism,
sexual perversions, and desire for social acceptance; in their crimes of callously covering
up their sins; and in their welcoming the smoke into the Church which You have so lovingly
acquired at the price of Your Blood.
Would, O divine Jesus, that such abominations
were purged from this world! But I can purge them from my own heart. So I
now offer my heart in reparation for these violations of Your divine honor. Revering the
sacrifice You did once make to Your eternal Father on the Cross and which You continue
to renew daily on our altars, I offer my vow of a pure heart in union with the acts of
atonement of Your Virgin Mother and of the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth;
and I sincerely vow to make reparation, as far as I can with the help of Your grace, for
the increasing neglect of Your great love and for the offenses I and others have committed
in the past.
Henceforth I will endeavor to live a life of
unwavering faith and of conscientious observance of the precepts
of the Church and of Holy Scripture. And I promise to inspire others to follow You through
my own personal example of a holy lifestyle of constant prayer with a dedication to
humility, and detachment from
O Lord Jesus, through the intercession of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering
I make of this act of expiation; and through the grace of perseverance may I remain
faithful unto death in my love for You and in the allegiance I owe to You, so that I may
one day come to that blessed home where You with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and
reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Adapted by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.
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