Jesus Appeals to the World
 I am your God and your Father, your Creator and
your Saviour.  You are My creatures, My sons, bought at
the price of My life and Heart's Blood, which I shed to
free you from slavery and the tyranny of sin.
   You have souls great and immortal, destined for
eternal happiness, wills capable of all good, hearts
made both to give and receive affection.
   The thirst for contentment and love can never be
appeased by earthly and fleeting gains, which will
always leave you hungry and unsatisfied.  Perpetual
conflict, sadness, anxiety, and affliction will still
be your portion.
   If you are poor and have to earn a living by work,
the miseries of life will embitter you; you will be
hostile to your employers, and may even wish them ill,
that like yourselves they may experience the hard grind
of daily toil.
   Fatigue, disgust, even despair will weigh heavily on
your spirits, for the way is rough and in the end comes
death!...
   O! how great are these calamities when viewed from a
human standpoint.  But I come to show you life under a
different aspect.
   All you who are deprived of this world's goods and
obliged to labour for your daily bread under a master,
reflect that you are not slaves, but created for the
freedom of eternity....
   All you whose craving for affection is unsatisfied,
remember that you were made to love that which is
eternal, not that which passes with time.
   You who love your homes and labour to support your
families and provide them with comforts and happiness,
do not forget that though death will one day sever
every tie, this is only for a time....
   You who serve a master, and owe him respect, love,
care for his interests, hard work and fidelity, forget
not that he is your master only for the short span of a
lifetime.  How soon this will pass away and give place
to an eternity, where you will no longer be workers but
reign as kings for ever and ever.
   Your souls, created by a loving Father who bears you
a limitless and eternal affection, will find one day in
the bliss of heaven prepared for you a final answer to
all your aspirations.
   There, every labour will be rewarded...
   There, you will find your family for whom you worked
so hard on earth.
   There, you will live eternally, for earth is but a
passing shadow, Heaven will never pass away.
   there, you will be united to your God and
Father.... O! if you but knew how great is the
beatitude that awaits you...
   Perhaps you will answer Me; 'I have no faith, nor do
I believe in a future happiness.'
   Have you no faith?  Then how is it that you
persecute Me?... why do you rebel against My laws, and
war against those who love Me?  And since you desire
freedom for yourselves, why not grant it to others?
   You say you do not believe in a future life?...Tell
Me, are you perfectly contented here and do you never
feel a yearning for that which it is not possible to
obtain here below?
   If after seeking for enjoyment, you succeed in
obtaining it, does it satisfy your cravings?
   If after pursuing riches, you at last possess them,
have you ever enough?... If you feel the need of
affection, and one day find it, are you not soon tired
of it?...
   None of these things is what you long for, and here
below you will never obtain all that your heart
desires.  Your craving is peace, not the peace of this
world, but that of the children of God; and how do you
expect to find it in the midst of rebellion?
   That is why I have come to show you where true peace
and happiness are to be found, and where you can slake
the thirst that for so long has consumed you.
   Do not rebel when I tell you that all these things
are to be found in accomplishing My law.  Do not fear
this word law, for My law is no tyranny but a law of
love, because I am your God and your Father.
   You know that in a well-regulated army discipline
must be maintained, just as in a household there must
be established customs.  So in the great family of
Jesus Christ there must be law, albeit a law of love.
   In the order of nature sons are not recognized as
such unless they bear their father's name; so My sons
bear the name of Christian given them at their birth in
Baptism.  All you who bear this name are My sons, and
as such have a right to your Father's estate.
   I realize that you do not know Me or love Me, but
rather detest and persecute Me.  On My part, I love you
with an infinite tenderness, and I want you to know
this heritage which is yours by right, and know also
the means to acquire it:
   Believe in My love and My mercy.
   You have sinned against Me; I forgive you.
   You have persecuted Me; I love you. 
   You have wounded Me both by word and deed; still I
wish to do you good and to let you share all My
treasures.
   Do not imagine that I am ignorant of your state of
soul.  I know that you have despised my grace, perhaps
even profaned My Sacraments.  Yet you have from Me a
full pardon.
   If then you would be happy in this world and at the
same time secure your eternal salvation, do as I tell
you:
   If you are poor, do the work that necessity forces
on you with submission, and remember that I, too, lived
for thirty years in subjection to the self-same law,
for I was needy and poor.
   Do not consider your masters as tyrants.  Banish all
hatred from your hearts... Never wish them ill, but
further their interests and be faithful to them.
   If, however, you possess this world's goods and
employ workers and servants, be fair to them in all
your dealings; pay them a just wage, and show them both
gentleness and kindness.  If you have an immortal soul,
so too have they, and if you abound in wealth, it is
not for your sole comfort and enjoyment, but that you
may administer it wisely and practise charity to your
neighbour.  Both employer and employed must accept the
law of labour with submission, acknowledging a Supreme
Being over all created things, who is both your God and
your Father.
   As God, He demands of you the accomplishment of His
divine law.
   As your Father, He asks you to accept His
commandments in a spirit of filial piety.
   Thus, when you have spent a week in the pursuit of
work, business or sport, He claims but one half-hour,
that you may fulfil your Sunday duty. Is this
excessive?
   Go then to your Father's House, where day and night
He awaits your coming, and as Sundays and Holidays
recur, give Him the homage of this half hour by
assisting at the Mystery of Love and Mercy, that is,
Holy Mass.
   Tell Him about everything: about your families, your
children, your business, your desires... Lay at His
feet your sorrows, difficulties and
sufferings... believe in the interest and love with
which He listens to your prayer.
   You may perhaps say to Me: 'I have not entered a
church for so many years that I have forgotten how to
hear Mass.'  Do not be afraid on that account ... Come,
spend this half-hour with Me; your conscience will tell
you what to do, and be docile to its voice... Open your
soul wide to grace, and it will inspire
you... Gradually it will teach you how to act in a
given circumstance, how to treat with your family, what
to do in regard to your business... how to bring up
your children, love those who depend on you, and honour
those in authority over you... It may make you feel
that such and such a concern must be given up, such a
friednship relinquished, or such a meeting
avoided... Again, it may tell you that you are hating a
certain person quite unreasonably; or it may put it
into your mind to sever your connection with some
person you feel drawn to and whose advice is doing you
harm.  Only give grace a chance, and gradually its
power will grow stronger in you, for just as evil
increases insensibly, once it is given in to, so will
each new grace prepare your soul for a still greater
one.  If to-day you listen to My voice and let grace
act, to-morrow its influence will be stronger and so
steadily increase as time goes on; light will grow in
your soul, peace envelop you, and the reward will be
eternal bliss.
   Man was not created to live for ever here below.  He
was made for eternity... If then he is immortal, he
should live, not for the passing things of time, but
for that which will never die.
   Youth, wealth, wisdom, human glory, all that is
nothing, it will all end with this life; God only will
endure for ever.
   The world is full of hate, races are in perpetual
conflict with one another, so are nations, and even
individuals, and all this is due to the decay of faith.
Only let faith reign once more over the world and peace
and charity will return to it.
   Faith in no way impedes civilization and progress.
The more it is rooted in individuals and peoples, the
more wisdom and learning increase, for God is infinite
in wisdom and knowledge.  But whenever faith is
completely lacking, peace, civilization and true
progress likewise vanish... for God is not in
war... and in their place come enmities, clash of
opinions, class wars, and within man himself, rebellion
of passions against duty.  All that is noble in
humanity is exchanged for revolt, insubordination and
warfare...

 Let yourselves be convinced by faith, and you will
be great.  Let yourselves be ruled by faith, and you
will be free; live by faith, and you will escape
eternal death.  
Words of Our Lord to
Sister Josefa Menendez
1923