I pledge allegiance to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, and to the Monarchy of Heaven, upon which the Just Judge, Who comes to judge the living and the dead, is seated at the right hand of His Heavenly Father; one Kingdom under GOD, the Most Blessed Trinity, eternal, with truth, beauty, and goodness for all.
(from The Silverstream Priory Benedictine Abbey in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland – http://www.cenacleosb.org/rexamoris/)
The Confraternity of Jesus, King of Love
The Confraternity of Jesus, King of Love is an apostolate of the Benedictine Monks at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland.
Origin of the Devotion
The devotion to Jesus, King of Love began on August 17th, 1922, when Our Lord manifested Himself to Yvonne Beauvais, a young French woman sojourning in the monastery of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus at Malestroit in Brittany, France. Addressing Yvonne, Jesus said: Morning and evening say, O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy.
On March 18, 1927, Yvonne Beauvais entered the community of Malestroit, and on September 29, 1931, she pronounced her perpetual vows as Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus. After a life of extraordinary love and of great sufferings accepted in faith, the King of Love called Mother Yvonne-Aimée to Himself on February 3, 1951.
The Little Invocation Spreads
At first, the Little Invocation to Jesus, King of Love spread by word of mouth. Then, simple bookmarks appeared, bearing the text of the invocation with an image of the Sacred Heart. In 1932 the Bishop of Vannes, France, approved the invocation for his diocese. The following year, Pope Pius XI indulgenced the prayer for the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus, for their sick and for those hospitalized under their care. Pope Pius XII renewed the favour and, on December 6, 1958, Blessed John XXIII extended it to the universal Church.
In 1940, during the dark hours of World War II, Mother Yvonne-Aimée designed a medal and an image to make the Little Invocation even better known and loved. She chose to depict Our Lord as a lovable little boy of two or three years of age.
His expression is compassionate and tender; He is completely approachable. The crown signifies His kingship; the olive branch, the gifts of healing and of peace that He offers; with His other hand He points to His Heart overflowing with tender mercy.
Its Healing Grace
The devotion to Jesus, King of Love is especially consoling to adults having suffered from some trauma in childhood such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
The Child King is not threatening. The child living inside the emotionally wounded adult can accept the embrace of the little King of Love. One traumatized in childhood can allow the Little King to come close and absorb into the innocence of His Divine Childhood the shattered innocence that continues to cause fear, shame, and an inability to keep oneself safe.
At the same time, Jesus, King of Love restores to souls the innocence that was lost in childhood, or stolen, or cruelly defiled.
At Silverstream Priory
On August 6, 2012, Silverstream Priory was consecrated to Jesus, King of Love; His statue was placed in the monastic oratory.
As more and more people became attracted to the image of Jesus, King of Love, and learned to pray the Little Invocation, the monks were inspired to offer them the spiritual benefits of a Confraternity.
What is a Confraternity?
It is a family of souls who recognize each other as brothers and sisters graced by God with the same spiritual affinity, and who seek to share with one another the powerful support that comes from union in prayer.
Why a Confraternity?
There is comfort in knowing that one is not praying alone. Sacred Scripture says that a brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city (Proverbs 18:19). The fact that other souls are praying the Little Invocation throughout the day and even in the night is a source of strength in moments of weakness, and of hope in times of suffering.
Our Lord’s own words can be applied to the prayer that unites members of the Confraternity: I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them(Matthew 18:19-20).
What are the Obligations of a Member?
There are no obligations apart from the recitation of the Little Invocation morning and evening each day, and the wearing of the medal of the King of Love, or the keeping of it on one’s person. The only bond between members is the confidence they share in Jesus, King of Love. There are no meetings.
What are the Benefits?
The principal benefit of membership in the Confraternity is one’s spiritual union with an international family of childlike souls of all ages who pray the Little Invocation daily for themselves and for each other.
Holy Mass is offered for the living and deceased members of the Confraternity on the first Wednesday of the month, as well as on five other days:
- January 3, Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite);
- January 19, Feast of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple;
- January 23, Feast of the Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
- February 2, Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple; and
- February 3, the anniversary of the death of Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus.
New members will receive a blessed medal and image of Jesus, King of Love, as well as a booklet containing the story of the devotion’s origin, instruction on how to pray the Little Invocation, a biography of Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus, and a treasury of prayers to Jesus, King of Love.
Who may join?
Membership is open to all those who desire to respond to the tender invitation of Jesus, King of Love to place their trust in the merciful goodness of His Heart. The Confraternity is, therefore, open to men, women, and children of all ages.
- Parents may enroll children as soon as they are able to say the invocation: O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy.
- The Confraternity reaches out to men and women who have suffered physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as children, and, by means of the Little Invocation, intercedes for their healing and restoration to wholeness and to peace of heart.
- The Confraternity reaches out to men and women currently struggling with deeply rooted patterns of sin, emotional pain, anxiety, addiction, and loneliness.
- The Confraternity reaches out to the sick, the chronically ill, and the elderly, offering them the image of the King of Love, and inviting them to say the Little Invocation.
- The Confraternity reaches out to those who find daily prayer difficult, and by proposing the Little Invocation to them, seeks to make them familiar with the divine friendship of the King of Love.
How does one join the Confraternity?
One joins the Confraternity by applying in writing to its Secretariat at Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland.
Silverstream Priory’s bookstore also distributes hand-carved wood statues of the King of Love in various sizes, as well as medals and images of the King of Love.
O Jesus Crucified,
In the garb of defeat, shame, humiliation!
In the Battle over good and evil, life and death,
The Battle to win hearts,
Love is stronger than death!
Mightier than a two edged sword!
Defeating the blackened enemy!
Destroying him at the foot of the Precious Body on the Cross!
O Divine Majesty of Love!
Tis’ Thy enemy crushed under the Sign of sweet, endless Love!
O Jesus Crucified,
Love’s Perpetual Glory,
Love’s Eternal Majesty,
In appearance of simple, humble humanity!
Thy sweet Foundation, Thy boat along the watery waves to Heavenly Shore,
Opens pilgrims to Thy Kingdom on earth!
A shiny, glassy reflection of Thy Kingdom to come!
Thy Kingdom forever eternal,
Its mystery sung among Thy heavenly Choirs!
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Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
The Divine Right of Kings(For original, click here.)
IT IS GOD who establishes kings. He caused Saul and David to be anointed by Samuel; He vested royalty in the House of David, and ordered him to cause Solomon, his son, to reign in his place. . .
Princes thus act as ministers of God and His lieutenants on earth. It is through them that He rules…. This is why we have seen that the royal throne is not the throne of a man, but the throne of God himself. “Jehovah hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of Jehovah over Israel.” (I Chronicles 28: 5) And again: “Then Solomon sat on the throne of Jehovah.” (Ibid., 29:33) . . .
It appears from this that the person of kings is sacred, and to move against them is sacrilege. God causes them to be anointed by the prophets with a sacred unction, as He caused the pontiffs and His altars to be anointed.
But even without the external application of this unction, they are sacred in their office, as being the representatives of the divine majesty, sent by His providence for the execution of His designs….
There is something religious in the respect which one renders the prince. Service of God and respect for kings are things united. St. Peter groups these two duties together: “Fear God. Honor the king.” (I Peter 2:17)
Thus God has placed in princes something divine. “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalm LXXXII:6) It is God himself who causes David to speak thus….
It is the spirit of Christianity to cause kings to be revered with a type of religion, which Tertullian aptly calls “the religion of the second majesty.”
This second majesty is but a token of the first, the divine, which, for the good of things human, has caused a certain part of its lustre to be imparted to kings.
Since their power comes from on high, kings should not believe that they are its masters and may use it as they wish; they should exercise it with fear and restraint as a thing which has come to them from God, and for which God will demand an account…. Kings should tremble when using the power that God gives them, and remember how horrible is the sacrilege of using for evil a power that comes from God.
We have seen kings seated on the throne of the Lord, having in hand the sword which God himself placed in their hands. What profanation and audacity of unjust kings to sit in the throne of God in order to publish decrees against His laws and to use the sword which He has placed in their hands to do violence and to massacre His children.
Therefore let them respect their power, since it is not theirs but the power of God, and must be used holily and religiously. . . . That is, they should govern as God governs, in a manner at once noble, disinterested, benevolent, in a word, divine….
God, who created all men from the same earth and equally placed His image and likeness in their souls, did not establish distinctions among them so that some might be proud and others slaves and wretches. He made some great only for the protection of the small; He gave His power to kings only to ensure the public welfare and to be the support of the people…. Thus princes should understand that their true glory is not for themselves, and that the public good which they procure is a sufficiently worthy recompense on earth, while awaiting the eternal rewards which God has reserved for them….
Princes are gods and participate somehow in divine independence…. There is only God who may judge over their judgments and their persons…. The prince may correct himself when he knows that he has done evil, but against his authority there is no remedy other than his own authority….
Thus kings like all others are subject to the equity of the laws because they should be just and because they owe to the people the example of preserving justice, but they are not subject to the penalties of the laws. Or, as in theology, they are subject to the laws not as regards their coactive power but only their directive power….
What is there that a wise prince cannot effect? Under him wars are successful, peace is established, justice reigns, the laws govern, religion flourishes, commerce and navigation enrich the land, and the earth itself seems to bring forth fruit more willingly. Such are the effects of wisdom….
I do not call majesty the pomp which surrounds kings, nor the exterior lustre which dazzles the vulgar. This is but the reflection of majesty, not majesty itself.
Majesty is the image of the greatness of God in the prince.
God is infinite; God is all. The prince as prince is not regarded as an individual; he is a public personage. All the state is in him; the will of the entire people is contained in his. As all perfection and virtue are united in God, all the power of individuals is united in the person of the prince. What greatness that a single man contains so much!
The power of God makes itself felt in an instant from one end of the world to the other; royal power acts similarly through all the realm. It keeps the whole realm in order, as God keeps the world.
Let God withdraw His hand, and the world will fall into nothing; let authority cease in the realm, and all will be in confusion.
Consider the king in his council- chamber. From there are sent the orders which unite the efforts of magistrates and captains, citizens and soldiers, provinces and armies on land and sea. It is the image of God, who, seated on His throne in the highest heavens, causes nature to function. . . . We see a small part, but the essence is impenetrable. Thus it is with the secrets of the prince.
The designs of the prince become known only through their execution. Similarly are manifest the counsels of God: to them no man may penetrate except those whom God admits.
As the power of God extends everywhere, magnificence accompanies it. There is no part of the universe in which the unmistakable evidences of His goodness do not appear. Behold the order, the justice and the tranquility in all the realm: it is the natural effect of the authority of the prince….
In a word, gather together the great and glorious things which we have said concerning the royal authority. Behold an immense people united in a single person; behold this sacred, paternal and absolute power; behold the secret intelligence which governs all bodies in the state, contained within a single head: you behold the image of God in kings, and you understand the idea of royal majesty….
Something indescribably divine is attached to the prince and inspires fear in the people. However, let not this cause the king to forget his own nature…. You are gods, that is, you have in your authority and you carry on your forehead a divine quality. You are the children of the Most High; it is He who established your power for the good of humanity. But, O gods of flesh and blood, O gods of mud and dust, you will die like men; you will fall like all the great. Greatness divides men but briefly; a common fate finally renders them all equal.
Therefore O kings! Exercise your power boldly, for it is divine and beneficial to humanity, but exercise it with humility. It is given to you from without. Ultimately it leaves you frail; it leaves you mortal; it leaves you sinners and demands from you a greater final reckoning before God. . . .
There is among men a type of government that is called arbitrary, but it is not found among us, nor in properly constituted states.
Four characteristics are associated with this type of government. First, its subjects are born slaves, that is, in true bondage, and among them there are no free persons. Second, nothing is possessed as property since all belongs to the prince, and there is no right of inheritance, even from father to son. Third, the prince has the right to dispose freely not only of his subjects’ goods but even of their lives, as would be done with slaves. Finally, there is no law other than his will.
This is what is called arbitrary power. I do not wish to inquire whether it is lawful or unlawful. There are peoples and great empires that are satisfied with it, and it is not for us to disturb them concerning their form of government. It is sufficient for us to say that this type of government is barbarous and odious. These four characteristics are very far removed from our customs, and for this reason arbitrary government does not exist among us.
There is a great difference between a government that is absolute and one that is arbitrary. It is absolute by reason of constraint, there being no power capable of coercing the sovereign who in this sense is independent of all human authority. But it does not follow from this that the government is arbitrary. Because, although anything is permitted to the judgment of God and to a government called arbitrary, it is certain that states have laws against which anything that is done is of no right. And there is always available a means of redress on other occasions and in other times, so that each remains legitimate possessor of his property, no one being able to believe that he may ever possess anything in security contrary to the laws, whose vigilance and action against injustices and violences is immortal…. And it is in this that a government called legitimate is opposed by its nature to arbitrary government….
Government is established in order to free all men from every oppression and violence, as has often been stated. And it is this that creates the state of perfect liberty, there being in essence nothing less free than anarchy, which destroys all legitimate rights among men, and knows no law but that of force.
Source: William F. Church, ed., The Greatness of Louis XIV: Myth or Reality? Boston, 1959, 5-7.
O my God, in the adorable Name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Savior and Spouse, and through the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of men, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower, and St. Jeanne D’Arc, the Maiden of Orléans, I adore Thee for Thyself and Thy Love. I renounce all words, thoughts, and deeds that I said, thought, and did, both knowingly and unknowingly, on purpose and on accident, that are contrary to Thee and Thy Love. In Thy favor, vouchsafe for Thy sweet Mercy to fall upon me. Through the help of Our Lady, St. Thérèse, and St. Jeanne, I beseech Thee to mold me into who I truly am in Thy Heart and in Thy Mind. Amen.
“Make straight the way of the Lord” and “rejoice always” in thy God, Who is forever good, holy, kind, merciful, loving, full of sweetness and light, beauty, and justice!
Aspiration: O God, Thou art Mercy and Love!
O Heart of God Divine!
O sweet Treasure of graces!
More precious than gold and silver,
Thy Love created all things:
Sun, moon, planets, stars,
Sky, sea, trees, plants, animals, men;
All created things bend,
At the pulsations of Thy Heart!
Conquerer of all creation,
Thou hast made all things for Thyself!
Thy simple Heart wants love,
As Thou hast loved!
What holy desires from the God-Man!
Conquerer of the human heart,
Thou hast made Thy Love
Attractive and desirous to the hearts of little ones,
Who desire Love above all things!
O sweet and Divine Lover,
Thou art forever glorious, beautiful, and lovely!
Forever and ever!
The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception is that the Blessed Virgin is conceived without the stain of Original Sin from St. Anne’s womb due to the foreseen merits of Jesus Christ, Her Divine Son. What a beautiful Dogma! It is my favorite! Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!