February 16

Episode 1: Orientation to Consoling the Heart of Jesus

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, along with the teachings of Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska, and Louis de Montfort are brought together by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, to lead us to trust in Jesus, the Divine Mercy.
February 23

Episode 2: Laying the Foundation

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, along with the teachings of Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska, and Louis de Montfort are brought together by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, to lead us to trust in Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

March 1

Episode 3: Obstacle 0: How Can We Console Jesus if He Is Happy in Heaven?

You may be one of those people for whom the testimony of St. Margaret Mary (and other mystics of the Church) is enough. You may be one of those people who say, "I believe that Jesus revealed the deep and ongoing sorrow of his Sacred Heart through St. Margaret Mary, and I want to console him." If, however, you're one of those people for whom the very idea that we can console Jesus raises difficulties, then this session is primarily for you.

March 8

Episode 4: Obstacle 1: Fear of Suffering

For many of us, the word "reparation" is a like a big, red stop sign that puts an end to our drawing close to the Lord's Heart. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some of us, on hearing this word, might respond to the Lord by saying: "Well, Lord, I do want to help you and be your friend and all, but I don't know about this reparation stuff. It sounds like there's a lot of suffering and sacrifices involved and, well, as you remember from the beginning of the retreat, I'm one of the little ones." Perhaps this is what part of us is saying. Thus, we come to the first obstacle to living our principle and foundation: fear of suffering. But don't worry, for the Lord says to us: "Be not afraid. Listen. I am meek and gentle of heart."

March 15

Episode 5: Obstacle 2: Our Weaknesses, Sinfulness, & Attachments

Have you ever had the experience where, when it came time to pray, you found yourself dragging your feet? For instance, have you ever gone to your local parish for Eucharistic Adoration or a Rosary and found that the fliers posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule suddenly became irresistibly interesting? Maybe the announcement "Bingo Thursday Nights" held your attention for the first time. Or perhaps you remember a time when you went into the church itself, knelt down to pray, and your mind raced to other plans and activities, to anything but prayer. Of course, distractions in prayer are common, but have you ever gone through those times when you actually welcomed distractions so as to avoid Jesus? Why do we do that? Why do we sometimes avoid the Lord?

March 22

Episode 6: Obstacle 3: Fear of Suffering, Again

In an attempt to knock down the obstacle "fear of suffering," I'm going to give it a one-two punch. In other words, I'm going to treat it in two parts. In the first part, we'll see that the best possible way to console Jesus is so simple and easy—there's nothing to fear. In the second part, we'll come to understand just how powerful this best possible way is—there's everything to gain.

March 29

Episode 7: Obstacle 4: The Sensitivity of the Lord's Heart

Recall how easy it is to console Jesus: it simply takes our trust. Now recall how easy it is to hurt the Lord: it simply takes our lack of trust. That last part often presents an obstacle to our going to Jesus. The sensitivity of the Lord's Heart is like a double-edged sword. On the one side, it makes consoling him so simple and easy. On the other side, it makes hurting him just as simple and easy. Perhaps this sensitivity of the Lord's Heart has got us thinking: "Well, if it's so easy to hurt the Lord, especially for those who are closest to him, maybe I should keep my distance so as to avoid hurting him. After all, I'm weak, and I may begin to distrust. I don't want to hurt him like that, like Peter did during his trial."

April 5

Episode 8: Obstacle 5: The Insensitivity of Our Hearts—Part I

Perhaps you've experienced an ice-cold stream of disappointments, misunderstandings, and various hurts that have tempted you to close your heart to others. Perhaps you've also given in to some of those temptations, and your heart has become insensitive and hard. If so, then this session is especially for you. Actually, it's for everyone. I say this because all of us, in one way or another, have let at least some hardness take hold of our hearts. May this section help us overcome this "primary sin of man," so we might better console Jesus in the members of his body.

April 12

Episode 9: Obstacle 5: The Insensitivity of Our Hearts—Part II

Instead of giving all our attention to the suffering of the Sacred Heart, we're going to take a close look at the suffering of our neighbor. Specifically, how we can reach out to our neighbor to help alleviate his suffering.

April 19

Episode 10: Conclusion to Consoling the Heart of Jesus

Congratulations! We've covered all the main obstacles to living our principle and foundation of consoling the Heart of Jesus. Yet we're still not finished. While now we may have everything we need to become great saints, this doesn't mean we already are. Before it can happen, each of us needs to ask himself a crucial question, "Will I live what I've learned and experienced?" To those who might be thinking, "Well, I'd like to, but I'm afraid I'll forget," I say, "Don't worry." Don't worry, because this conclusion is designed to help us keep the graces of the retreat in our hearts, so that they might transform us into great saints, that is, into people who give tremendous consolation to the Heart of Jesus. Do you want to be this kind of saint?

 

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