Pray that you may see His Face!

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

 

J.M.J.

March 20, 2017

St. Joseph, the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Family of Mary!

“Dear children! My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face. Because, my children, as a mother I know that you thirst for consolation, hope and protection. You, my children, consciously and unconsciously are seeking my Son. I also, as I passed the time on earth, rejoiced, suffered and patiently endured pains, until my Son, in all His glory, removed them. And that is why I am saying to my Son: help them always. You, my children, with true love, illuminate the darkness of selfishness which all the more envelopes my children. Be generous. May both your hands and heart always be open. Do not be afraid. Abandon yourselves to my Son with trust and hope. As you look towards Him, live life with love. To love means to give oneself, to endure, and never to judge. To love means to live the words of my Son. My children, as a mother I am speaking to you: only true love leads to eternal happiness. Thank you.” (March 18, 2017)

Denis has been talking about “seeing Jesus’ face” almost every day during the Rosary. For some reason he is intent on receiving this grace. Our Lady has brought it up at least three time in the past year. Here are the quotes:

“Dear children! My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face…”

My children, my Son is looking at you. Pray that you also may see His face and that it may be revealed to you…” (September 2, 2016)

My children, all those who love my Son can see Him, because His face can be seen through the souls which are filled with love for Him. Therefore, my children, my apostles, listen to me. Leave vanity and selfishness. Do not live only for what is earthly and material. Love my Son and make it so that others may see His face through your love for Him. I will help you to come to know Him all the more. I will speak to you about Him. Thank you.” (March 2, 2016)

I wonder what Our Lady means by this. Certainly she is telling us that to see the face of Jesus is a gift from God. It is not something natural. It is a revelation, “Pray that you also may see His face and that it may be revealed to you.” And she seems to be saying that we need to be in a certain state of grace to receive this gift, “My motherly desire is for your hearts to be filled with peace, and for your souls to be pure so that in the presence of my Son you could see His face…” In fact she tells us, “All those who love my Son can see Him…”

So seeing the Face of Jesus is a gift, a revelation, received by those who strive for peace, purity and love for Jesus. It is a gift for those who seek Jesus. Our Lady tells us to pray to see Jesus’ face. So I have included three prayers in honor of Jesus’ Holy Face that may be of some help to us.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my joy.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my strength.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my health.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my courage.

Holy Face of Jesus, Be my wisdom.

Holy Face of Jesus, Image of the Father, Provide for me.

Holy Face of Jesus, Mirror of Thy Priestly Heart, Be my zeal.

Holy Face of Jesus, Gift of the Spirit, Show me Thy love.

Holy Face of Jesus, saddened by sorrow, Grant my requests through Thy merits.

Amen.

“O Jesus, who, in Thy cruel Passion didst become the ‘reproach of men and the Man of Sorrows,’ I worship Thy divine Face. Once it shone with the beauty and sweetness of the Divinity; but now, for my sake, it is become as ‘the face of a leper.’ Yet, in that disfigured Countenance, I recognize Thy infinite love, and I am consumed with the desire of making Thee loved by all mankind. The tears that flowed so abundantly from Thy Eyes are to me as precious pearls that I delight to gather, that with their worth I may ransom the souls of poor sinners. O Jesus, whose Face is the sole beauty that ravishes my heart, I may not see here below the sweetness of Thy glance, nor feel the ineffable tenderness of Thy kiss, I bow to Thy Will-but I pray Thee to imprint in me Thy divine likeness, and I implore Thee so to inflame me with Thy love, that it may quickly consume me, and that I may soon reach the vision of Thy glorious Face in heaven. Amen.” (St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face)

Litany to the Holy Face of Jesus (St. Mary of St. Peter, Carmelite)

Repeat after each invocation:

Have mercy on us

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face Mary and Joseph worshipped with profoundest reverence,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face ravished with joy the angels, shepherds and Magi in the stable at Bethlehem,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face wounded with a dart of Love the aged Simeon and the prophetess Anna in the temple,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was bathed in tears in Thy Holy Infancy,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face at the age of twelve astonished the doctors in the temple,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is white with purity, and ruddy with charity,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is more beautiful than the sun, brighter than the moon and more brilliant than the stars,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is lovelier than the roses of spring,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is more precious than gold, silver, and gems,

O Jesus, the charms and grace of Whose Adorable Face win all hearts,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is most noble in Its heavenly features,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the admiration of angels,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the sweet delight of the saints,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the masterpiece of the Holy Spirit in which the Father is well pleased,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was the delight of Thy Virgin Mother and of Thy holy foster-father, St. Joseph,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the ineffable mirror of Divine perfections,

O Jesus, the beauty of Whose Adorable Face is ever ancient and ever new,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face appeases the Divine wrath,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the terror of the evil spirits,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face is the treasure of graces and blessings,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was exposed to the inclemency of the weather in the desert,

O Jesus, Whose Adorable Face was scorched by the sun and bathed in sweat on Thy journeys,

O Jesus, the expression of whose Adorable Face is Wholly Divine,

O Jesus, the modesty and mildness of whose Adorable Face attracted both just and sinners,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face gave a holy kiss and blessing to the little children,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face sorrowed and wept at the grave of Lazarus,

V. The light of Thy Face has been shed upon us, O lord;

R. Thou hast given joy to our hearts.

Let us pray:

I salute Thee, I adore Thee, O Adorable Face of Jesus, my Beloved, noble seal of the Divinity. With all the powers of my soul I apply myself to Thee, and most humbly pray Thee imprint in us all the features of Thy Divine likeness. Amen

Repeat after each invocation:

Have mercy on us

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face grew sad at the sight of Jerusalem and wept over that ungrateful city,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face bowed to the earth in the Garden of Olives because of the burden of our sins,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was bathed in bloody sweat,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was kissed by Judas, the traitor,

O Jesus, the power of whose Adorable Face smote the soldiers to the ground in the Garden of Olives,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was struck by a vile servant, derided by enemies and desecrated by their unholy hand,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was defiled by spittle and bruised by blows,

O Jesus, the Divine look of Whose Adorable Face wounded Peter’s heart with love and sorrow,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was humbled for us before the tribunals of Jerusalem,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face preserved Its attractiveness and dignity when Pilate pronounced the death sentence,

O Jesus, the brow of whose Adorable Face was crowned with thorns,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was covered with bloody sweat which fell to the ground under the Cross,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is worthy of all our reverence, veneration and worship,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face the pious Veronica wiped on the way to Calvary,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was lifted up on the tortuous Cross,

O Jesus, the eyes of whose Adorable Face shed tears of Blood,

O Jesus, the mouth of whose Adorable Face was tormented with vinegar and gall,

O Jesus, the hair and beard of whose Adorable Face were plucked out by the executioners,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was disfigured like that of a leper,

O Jesus, the incomparable beauty of whose Adorable Face was disfigured by the sins of the world,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was overcast by the mournful shadows of death,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was washed, anointed and wrapped in a shroud by Mary and the holy women,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was laid to rest in the grave,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was resplendent in beauty on the day of Thy Resurrection,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face was radiant in glory on the day of Thy ascension,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face will appear on the clouds at the end of the world in great power and majesty,

O Jesus, whose Adorable Face is the joy of the Just in Heaven,

V. O Lord, show us Thy Face;

R. And we shall be saved.

Let us pray:

We beseech Thee, O Almighty and merciful God, grant us and all who venerate the Countenance of Thy dearly beloved Son, all disfigured by our sins, the grace to behold It throughout eternity in the glory of Its majesty, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Finally, this is the Feast Day of dear St. Joseph. Our Lady and St. Joseph are the two people on earth who saw the Face of Jesus the most!! He must have kissed those baby cheaks thousands of time, and looked into the eyes of Jesus with such love countless times in his childhood. Oh St. Joseph, pray for us to see the Face of Jesus!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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