O how great is your goodness,
O Lord.You reserve it for your faithful; and you offer it
to those who take refuge in Thee, before the presence of all.
You hide this goodness before the solace of your rostrum from
the intrigue of men; and you hid it in your Tabernacle, far from
the quarreling tongues.
Psalm 31 (30):20-21
May the Lord bless and protect you. May the Lord
make his Face shine over you and show you His grace.
May the Lord make you discover his rostrum and thus
grant you peace.
He who receives my commandments and meets them, is the one who loves me; and
the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and will love Him and
manifest in Him.
Saint Jude (not Iscariot) asked Jesus:
"Lord, why are you going to manifest yourself to us and not to the world?"
Jesus answered him: "Those who love me will be true to My word.
And my Father will love them;
we will all go to Him and will dwell with Him."
Jesus Christ as the Man of Sorrows by Carlo Dolci; (1616-1686)
Come to me, who adore Thee
The medallion of the Face of Christ that Saint Jude
holds represents the miraculous icon of Edessa, the Holy
Face of Jesus Not Made by Human Hands. The legend is that
Abgar, the King of Edessa, stricken with leprosy, wrote the
following letter to Jesus:
Abgar Ouchama to Jesus, the Good Physician Who has appeared in
the country of Jerusalem, greeting: I have heard of Thee, and
of Thy healing; that Thou dost not use medicines or roots, but
by Thy word openest (the eyes) of the blind, makest the lame to
walk, cleansest the lepers, makest the deaf to hear; how by Thy
word (also) Thou healest (sick) spirits and those who are tormented
with lunatic demons, and how, again, Thou raisest the dead to life....
Wherefore I write to Thee, and pray that thou wilt come to me, who
adore Thee, and heal all the ill that I suffer, according to the faith
I have in Thee.
Jesus, receiving the letter in Jerusalem, replied:
Blessed art thou who hast believed in Me, not having
seen me, for it is written of me that those who shall see me
shall not believe in Me, and that those who shall not see Me
shall believe in Me. As to that which thou hast written, that I
should come to thee, (behold) all that for which I was sent here
below is finished, and I ascend again to My Father who sent Me,
and when I shall have ascended to Him I will send thee one of My
disciples, who shall heal all thy sufferings, and shall give (thee)
health again, and shall convert all who are with thee unto life eternal.
The disciple referred to here is none other than Saint Jude. The legend goes on to
recount that Abgar, having received Our Lord’s answer, wanted nothing so much as an
image of His Face. He sent an artist to Jesus with instructions to paint the Divine
Countenance. The artist had no success because of what he called "the inexpressible
glory" in his Face, which changed in grace. Jesus, moved to pity, asked for a cloth,
applied it to his Face, and entrusting it to the Apostle Jude, sent it back to King
Abgar. When Abgar opened the cloth, he found himself before a miraculous image of
the Holy Face of Jesus. This image, carried by the Apostle Jude to King Abgar, is
said to be the model of every other icon of the Face of Christ.
Saint Jude, then, is the Apostle who comes to us bearing the image of the Vultus
Christi. Jude, the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes, and Jude, the Apostle of the
interior life is also Jude, the Apostle of the missionary life: he carries the Face
of Christ to those who, like King Abgar, ask for healing and hope.
A Promise Fulfilled in the Most Holy Eucharist
The promise made by Our Lord in response to Saint Jude’s question is sufficient for
us: "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will
come to them and make our home with them" (Jn 14:21-23).... It is the sacred
liturgy’s way of saying that the promise announced in these words of Our Lord is
fulfilled for us in the adorable mysteries of His Body and Blood. Relying on that
promise, we go forth from participation in the Holy Mysteries bearing the
Eucharistic Face of Christ in our hearts.
Saint Jude, the Bearer of the Image of the Holy Face
Jesus to Sister Mary of Saint Peter
Prayer of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
and the Holy Face
O Jesus, Who in Thy bitter Passion didst become "the
most abject of men, a man of sorrows,"
I venerate Thy
Sacred Face whereon there once did shine the beauty and
sweetness of the Godhead; but now it has become for me as
if it were the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those
disfigured features, I recognize Thy infinite Love and I
am consumed with with the desire to love Thee and make Thee
loved by all men. The tears which well abundantly in Thy
sacred eyes appear to me as so many precious pearls that
I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls of
poor sinners by means of their infinite value.
O Jesus, Whose adorable Face ravishes my heart, I implore
Thee to fix deep within me Thy Divine Image and to set me
on fire with Thy Love, that I may be found worthy to come
to the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in Heaven. Amen
"See how I suffer. Nevertheless, I am
understood by so few. What gratitude on
the part of those who say they love me.
I have given My Heart as a sensible object of
My great love for man and I give My Face as a
sensible object of My Sorrow for the sins of man.
I desire that it be honoured by a special feast on
Tuesday in Quinquagesima (Shrove Tuesday - the Tuesday
before Ash Wednesday). The feast will be preceded by a
novena in which the faithful make reparation with Me,
uniting themselves with my sorrow."
Jesus to Mother Pierina (Sister Mary of Saint Peter)
Prayer to the Holy Face of Jesus
O Holy Face of my sweet Jesus,
by that tenderness of love and
unspeakable grief with which the
Blessed Virgin Mary beheld Thee
in Thy painful Passion, grant that
our souls may share in that great
love and great sorrow, and fulfill
more perfectly the Holy Will of God.
Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) - Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus - the Human Face of God
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