Ascetic and pastoral reflections for young priests, that they may become apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Translated from German by Michael J. Miller – PB 188 pages
Based on the 6th French edition (Paris: Téqui) This book was composed shortly after World War I by an Italian priest who wished to remain anonymous.
“Manete in dilectione mea,” Our Blessed Lord tells us all, but especially is this counsel given to his chosen vessels, those men of his royal priesthood, so that their priesthood may be one of power and fruitfulness beyond measure. Abide in his love and all power will be given unto you, O Royal sons of David!
This jewel, this precious book, speaks to the heart of every zealous, but sometimes timid, priest who desires with desire to do the will of God and to glorify him in the infirmity of their humanness. You know who you are my brothers in Christ! You have been called to the most sublime office on earth. You feel unequal to the task. You yearn to do great things for God. You thirst to help souls! Rejoice! Here is the recipe for all you desire. Recommended by Pope Pius XI and penned by an anonymous Italian priest who had just passed through the fire and agony of World War I—the Great War—this book shall be a light unto your path.
Cast yourself upon the breast wherein beats the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Place yourself in the Eucharistic presence of him to whom all power in heaven and in earth is given. Here is the exhortation and the instruction. The world needs you more than ever. Become a heroic priest. Deus vult! Here is the pattern.
His Holiness Pius XI to the Author
Our Holy Father, Pope Pius XI, through notes written by His Eminence Cardinal Pacelli, Secretary of State, deigned three times to congratulate, encourage and bless the author of Manete in dilectione mea:
“His Holiness hopes that this pious book will be a spiritual aid for souls” (April 8, 1930).
“Tell the author, who wishes to remain unknown, that the service rendered by his works is not unknown to the Holy Father, who hopes that these works will produce all the good that the author himself has in view…. The Apostolic Blessing that the Holy Father sends to this religious priest is intended as a pledge of heavenly favor and a testimony of special benevolence” (Letter to His Excellency Bishop Bartolomasi, Military Ordinary, November 12, 1932).
“May the Lord grant that you may be able to continue devoting your talent and zeal to such a noble purpose and that the help provided to souls through your penetrating, ardent meditations may be the reward for your fruitful activity” (July 15, 1937).