This is why such a soul experiences excessive sadness and despair soon as signs of its own lack of integrity show up, with the consequence that it immediately feels unacceptable to God.  That’s why a sick soul is always hiding the truth from itself, the mechanism for which is endless self-justification. And why the correction of such a soul is always taken as rejection.
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On Helping Souls That Are Being Tried
Do not lose your serenity on account of those who are being tried.  Pray for them; offer the sufferings of My Passion and some acts of self-denial, some self-imposed sufferings for them.”
Jesus to Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity
 
When souls are being tried, what they need from you is deeper love of Me—so that, through you, I may give them the grace they need.  So you see, you need your serenity even more at such times.  Do not try to buy peace for souls by losing your own!  Offer up your act of self-denial at such times, so that the soul who is suffering may get the grace to accept in joy what she cannot change—through your free offering of love.  You will see more and more how you are all instruments in the communication of My Love, for one another as for yourselves.  The more you will understand that, the more you will love one another.
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On Feeling Unloved
Only the realization that I love you now, I, Jesus, who know all your misery, all your sins, the failure of your whole life, only the knowledge that I Who know how underserving you are of anyone‘s love, yet love you nevertheless with the Love of God Himself, can take away the pain and anxiety of feeling unloved by so many persons, and not undeservedly.
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 The Age of St. Bernard’s is not like Ours.
St. Bernard, commenting on the Canticle (Song of Songs)

"Or perhaps, drawn away and seduced by his own concupiscence, he is still being dangerously tempted. Such a soul as this does not need a Bridegroom but a Physician, and for this reason receives, not kisses or caresses, surely, but only remedies for wounds in oil and ointments."

Yes, Bernard, in your time this was true — for the time had not yet come to force men willy-nilly from the highways and byways to the wedding feast. Men were still strong and able to overcome concupiscence with a help of the Physician less than the Kiss of His Mouth, less than the embrace of His intimacy. But now we are as children, impatient as we are weak, and needing, therefore, to be fondled and kissed by the Mother and her spouse, by Mary and Jesus.  0 Bernard, those of your age, who could help yourselves, needed the Physician only to supply the ointments of which you speak. But we need the Kiss of this Bridegroom who condescends to the weakness of little ones, like this little one who is too weak to help himself and therefore cries out:
"Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth, for thy breasts are better than wine.  For my justification now is not that I am healed by the ointments of the Physician, but that I am in the arms of His Mother, that it is her purity that makes me worthy of His embrace, not my virtue."
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If Something Is Painful
It seems I always assume that if something is painful, it is evil and to be avoided. Then, when I am suffering, I begin to think, and I do not rest until I have discovered some truth which I hope will remove the pain. But I do not think I do this only because I want to avoid suffering: it is rather that I look upon suffering as a sign that I am wrong somehow, that God is displeased with me, and therefore something in me must be changed.
    

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EIGHTH  STATION:  JESUS COMFORTS THE WOMEN
OF JERUSALEM
 
(Genuflect, saying:  "We adore, Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world."  Then kneel.) 

“And now that you are beginning to see your weakness in yourself, having experienced a little of My Goodness through your falls, your love for Me is becoming more pure.  Now you no longer try to comfort My poor Body as Veronica did—now you realize a little that My suffering is because of My Love for you, that My desire is not to be relieved of My physical suffering.
 
“But still you do not understand Me, and you do not know what to do to comfort Me.  That is why you weep now; you weep for Me because you see Me suffering and you do not know how to comfort Me.  And so I tell you how I want to be comforted and consoled.  I tell you that you must weep for yourself, for yourself and for your sins.  I ask you to mourn for yourself as dead in your sins, to mourn for yourself as Martha and Mary mourned for Lazarus, dead and stinking in the tomb.  You will comfort Me now by weeping for yourself as dead and buried in the tomb of your own corruption.  That is My comfort at this station, that you have grown in wisdom and understanding to this point, so that now at last you can learn how to comfort Me—by opening your soul totally to My Love in the knowledge of your own corruption in yourself.”
 
(And now say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, O Jesus, forgive us our sins, etc.  As you rise to walk to the next Station, say:  "Jesus, Mary, I love you!  Save souls!" three times, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.)
 
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NINTH  STATION:  JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME
 
(Genuflect, saying:  "We adore, Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world."  Then kneel.)
 
“And now once again your fall as I fall with you.  You see, as you carry My Cross with Me you become weaker and weaker in yourself, as you are made stronger and stronger in Me.  That is a great mystery which you will understand more and more, which you can understand only by your own experience of it in Me.
 
“Now you see your sins more and more in My Light and now, therefore, you are able to obey My command to weep for yourself.  And now you truly comfort Me—because as you die more and more to yourself in this knowledge of your misery, I am able to give Myself to you more and more.  And that is the one thing that truly comforts Me.  But I give Myself to you yet more.  For it is not yet time to die.  We can still rise once again, you and I—for now We do everything together.  It is not yet time to die because you have not yet given Me everything — and therefore I have not yet been able to give you everything.  Come, let us rise together, My Beloved, My Consolation!”
 
(And now say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, O Jesus, forgive us our sins, etc.  As you rise to walk to the next Station, say:  "Jesus, Mary, I love you!  Save souls!" three times, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.)

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TENTH  STATION:  JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS
 
(Genuflect, saying:  "We adore, Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world."  Then kneel).
 
“You see!  Is it not true that We had not yet been stripped of everything?  That is what is happening to us more and more as We progress on Our Way.  We have almost nothing left now—but we still possess things we would want to give to others, to those We love—as I would have wanted to give My tunic to My Mother.  Yes, you still need to be purified in your love; you still want to give things to those you love, things that come from you alone, and not from me, because you do not yet understand that true love gives only what comes from the Father, you must have nothing of your own, nothing, nothing!
 
“Ah, My beloved child!  How good you are!  How much I love you as you let yourself be stripped of everything with Me!  Do you see?  Now I no longer ask you to love Me; now I love you, all—and that is one and the same thing as your loving Me, all.  Now there is nothing left for Us to do, except to die together!  Come with Me, My beloved!”
 
(And now say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, O Jesus, forgive us our sins, etc.  As you rise to walk to the next Station, say:  "Jesus, Mary, I love you!  Save souls!" three times, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.)
 
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ELEVENTH  STATION:  JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
 
(Genuflect, saying:  "We adore, Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world."  Then kneel.)
 
“Now, My little beloved, you are fixed to Me, now your heart is My Heart.  This is the beginning of Our death together, you fixed to Me as I am fixed to the Cross.  Now you can only will what I will, to die to yourself in My death.  Now at last you are all Mine!  My beloved, My very little beloved, how dear you are to Me now!  Now nothing can separate you from the Truth, you in Me, and I in you as We die together.  That is the victory of My Life in you, your death in Me, in My death, the victory of My Life over your death, the victory of My truth over your lies.  And now let us go to die together, My beloved, for our work is not yet finished.”
 
(And now say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father, O Jesus, forgive us our sins, etc.  As you rise to walk to the next Station, say:  "Jesus, Mary, I love you!  Save souls!" three times, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.)

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