BY MONS. NICOLA TAFURI
I. Do you want perfect unity with Jesus? Then you must renounce the world. Reading the Gospels, it is clear that He launched many an attack on the world through His words and actions. He condemned it, and even excluded it from His divine prayers. The world then must be seen as a great enemy that you, O Christian, must wholly hate, seeing that it was so hated by the Heart of Jesus, eternal truth and infinite wisdom.
Despise the goods of the world, they contain nothing but seductions and the poison of death. Despise the maxims of the world, they are all false, hollow and contrary to divine law. Think nothing of the hatred of the world, if Jesus Christ was treated as a madman, it is no surprise that His followers are likewise treated. The world is mired in malice, friendship with it means enmity with God, an if you follow the world, you too will become worldly with the worldly, corrupt with the corrupt…therefore despise it all, so as to be able to say with St Paul, the world is dead to me and I am dead to the world.
II. Scorn the world with all your soul, live according to the true doctrine of the Heart of Jesus. And what is that doctrine? It can be wholly understood through the eight beatitudes.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, meaning those detached from all worldly things, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek, meaning those who accept all out of love for God, for they shall inherit the earth, the promised land of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, meaning those who, in this vale of tears, know the holy sadness of the cross, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right, meaning those who desire virtue and perfection, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, meaning those who know how to love their neighbours and live in communion with them, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, meaning those who are pure, far from every sin and whose intentions are right, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, meaning those who know how to live in peace with God, with themselves and with others, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of right, meaning through no faults of their own but because they uphold God’s truth, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
This is Jesus Christ’s true doctrine, and the rewards in store for those who follow it, heaven and earth will pass away, but His word will not. These beatitudes will be like eight precious cords that fasten your heart to that of Jesus, eight springs of peace, joy and blessings, eight golden steps that will lead you to the blessedness of eternal paradise! Foolish is he who is wise according to the world! Knowledgeable is he who is foolish according to Jesus Christ! At the moment of your death, you will see the light of this truth.
III. So, all celestial wisdom has its beginning and fulfilment within the Heart of Jesus. From this Heart, like the many rays issuing from a shining sun, this wisdom is given to the hearts of His chosen ones. Here the innumerable saints have found every happiness in time and an immense fountain of glory in eternity. Therefore, O Christian, learn to see everything as the divine Heart sees it, loving what He loves and hating what He hates, judging things as He judges them.
He is the sure Way, the infallible Truth and the everlasting Life and following Him you will not walk in darkness but in continuous light, until you walk into the light of the glory of paradise. What would you gain by understanding everything, by speaking all the languages of men and angels and not following the teachings of Jesus? May the doctrine of the Sacred Heart…be the source of your every honour, greatness and wisdom. If you imitate it and find joy in suffering, glory in rejection and riches in poverty, O, what a secret of happiness you will have uncovered! O what an immense and eternal treasure!
[Daily] HOMAGE: Honour the Heart of Jesus by reciting five “Our Fathers” with your arms outstretched in the form of a cross, repeating with special devotion and feeling, “Thy Kingdom come”.
PRAYER: Mihi mundum crucifixus est, et ego mundo. [I am crucified to the world, and the world to me]
Wise, holy Heart of Jesus, I do not deserve to live, unless I serve You with all my life.