WORDS OF JESUS TO JOSEFA MENENDEZ

WORDS OF JESUS TO JOSEFA MENENDEZ ON DESPAIR AND GOD’S FORGIVENESS (1923).

EXCERPT FROM : THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE- BY JOSEFA MENENDEZ (TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS, INC., ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, 1981).

Jesus said to Josefa Menendez (1923):
“O all you who are steeped in sin, and who for a time more or less long have lived as wanderers and fugitives because of your crimes…if the offences of which you have been guilty have hardened and blinded your hearts…if to grant satisfaction to one or other of your passions you have sunk into evil ways…Ah! When the motives or accomplices of your sin have forsaken you, and you realize the state of your soul, O then, do not yield to despair! For as long as a breath of life remains a man may have recourse to mercy and ask for pardon.

“If  you are still young, if already the scandals of your life have lowered you in the eyes of the world, do not be afraid….Even if there is reason to treat you as a criminal, to insult and cast you off…your God has no wish to see you fall into the flames of hell….On the contrary He ardently desires you to come to Him so that He may forgive you. If you dare not speak to Him, at least look at Him and let the sighs of your heart reach Him, and at once you will find His kind and fatherly hand stretched out to lead you to the springs of pardon and life.

“Should it happen that you have spent the greater part of your life in impiety and indifference, and that the sudden approach of the hour of death fills you with blinding despair…Ah! do not let yourself be deceived, for there is still time for pardon. If only one second of life remains to you, in that one second you can buy back eternal life!

“If your whole life has been spent in ignorance and error…if you have been a cause of great evil to other men, to society at large, or to religion, and if through some set of circumstances you have come to realize that you have been deceived…do not allow yourself to be crushed by the weight of your sins and of the evil of which you have been the instrument; but with a soul penetrated with deep contrition throw yourself into an abyss of confidence, and hasten to Him who awaits your return only to pardon you” (P.287-288).