Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Devotions to Our Lord - The Holy Face

To start our series on devotions to Our Lord, let us start with an exceptionally beautiful one, His Holy Face. His ineffable Face reflects the beauty and kindness of God. We can reflect on His gentle eyes, which lovingly gazed at us from the Cross. We can think of His tender smile when He thought of us comforting Him during His Passion. We can contemplate this beatific Face which was brutally wounded for us, and through healing His wounds with His love, so will He heal our wounds from sin. During the 1940's Jesus gave this devotion to Sr. Mary of St. Peter and in one of her revelations told her this, "REMEMBER, Oh, my soul, the holy instruction which your Divine Spouse imparted to you today concerning His adorable Face. Remember that this Divine Head represents the Eternal Father Who is unbegotten, that the mouth of this Holy Face represents the Divine Word, begotten of the Father, and that the two eyes of this adorable Face are the symbol of the reciprocal love of the Father and the Son, for these two eyes possess only one light, and one identical knowledge between them both, and they produce the one same love, which represents the Holy Ghost." "Contemplate in His locks of hair the infinite number of the adorable perfections of the Blessed Trinity. Behold in this majestic Head that precious portion of the Humanity of the Savior which is the very Image of the Oneness of God." 

 He told us that the sins that wound Him the most are the sin of blasphemy, and gave us a very powerful prayer against it:

"MAY the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified, in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen."
 
After Our Lord gave this prayer to Sr. Mary of St. Peter, He said that this prayer delightfully wounds His heart with the "Golden Arrow," and gave these promises to those who honour His most Holy Face: 

1. "By My Holy Face you shall  work miracles."

2. "By My Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners."

3. "Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused to you."

4. "If you knew how pleasing the sight of My Face is to My Father."

5. "As in a kingdom you can procure all you wish for, with a coin marked with the King's effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven you will obtain all you desire with the precious coin of My Holy Face."

6. "Our Lord has promised me that He will imprint His divine likeness on the souls of those who honour His most holy Countenance."

7. "All those who honour My Holy Face in a spirit of reparation will, by so doing, perform the office of the pious Veronica."

8. "According to the care you take in making reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemies, so will I take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint therein My image and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal font."

9. "Our Lord promised me that all those who defend His cause in this work of reparation, by words, by prayers, or in writing, He will defend them before His Father; at their death He will purify their souls by effacing all the blots of sin and will restore to them their primitive beauty."

 How kind Our Lord is to give us the opportunity to make reparation to His Holy Face! Since there is no time with God, He can take our good works now and apply them to comforting Jesus, just as if we were in the Garden of Olives ourselves! Reparation is such an essential part of our spiritual life. It gives us the ability to make up for sin, repair the evil done to Our Lord during the Passion, and comfort His most Sacred Heart. Let us then place ourselves back in time, prostrate ourselves before Our Lord's most Holy Face, and make acts of love and reparation!