This is why such a soul experiences excessive sadness and despair soon as signs of its own lack of integrity show up, with the consequence that it immediately feels unacceptable to God.  That’s why a sick soul is always hiding the truth from itself, the mechanism for which is endless self-justification. And why the correction of such a soul is always taken as rejection.
On Helping Souls That Are Being Tried
Do not lose your serenity on account of those who are being tried.  Pray for them; offer the sufferings of My Passion and some acts of self-denial, some self-imposed sufferings for them.”
Jesus to Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity
When souls are being tried, what they need from you is deeper love of Me—so that, through you, I may give them the grace they need.  So you see, you need your serenity even more at such times.  Do not try to buy peace for souls by losing your own!  Offer up your act of self-denial at such times, so that the soul who is suffering may get the grace to accept in joy what she cannot change—through your free offering of love.  You will see more and more how you are all instruments in the communication of My Love, for one another as for yourselves.  The more you will understand that, the more you will love one another.
On Feeling Unloved
Only the realization that I love you now, I, Jesus, who know all your misery, all your sins, the failure of your whole life, only the knowledge that I Who know how underserving you are of anyone‘s love, yet love you nevertheless with the Love of God Himself, can take away the pain and anxiety of feeling unloved by so many persons, and not undeservedly.
 The Age of St. Bernard’s is not like Ours.
St. Bernard, commenting on the Canticle (Song of Songs)

"Or perhaps, drawn away and seduced by his own concupiscence, he is still being dangerously tempted. Such a soul as this does not need a Bridegroom but a Physician, and for this reason receives, not kisses or caresses, surely, but only remedies for wounds in oil and ointments."

Yes, Bernard, in your time this was true — for the time had not yet come to force men willy-nilly from the highways and byways to the wedding feast. Men were still strong and able to overcome concupiscence with a help of the Physician less than the Kiss of His Mouth, less than the embrace of His intimacy. But now we are as children, impatient as we are weak, and needing, therefore, to be fondled and kissed by the Mother and her spouse, by Mary and Jesus.  0 Bernard, those of your age, who could help yourselves, needed the Physician only to supply the ointments of which you speak. But we need the Kiss of this Bridegroom who condescends to the weakness of little ones, like this little one who is too weak to help himself and therefore cries out:
"Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth, for thy breasts are better than wine.  For my justification now is not that I am healed by the ointments of the Physician, but that I am in the arms of His Mother, that it is her purity that makes me worthy of His embrace, not my virtue."
If Something Is Painful
It seems I always assume that if something is painful, it is evil and to be avoided. Then, when I am suffering, I begin to think, and I do not rest until I have discovered some truth which I hope will remove the pain. But I do not think I do this only because I want to avoid suffering: it is rather that I look upon suffering as a sign that I am wrong somehow, that God is displeased with me, and therefore something in me must be changed.

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Redeemer's Call to Consecrated Souls
(Excerpt 5)

Holy Spirit, Comforter Most Excellent
At this moment in the poor world, the most terrible devastations are spreading through the hate-filled machinations of the evil spirit, the spirit of darkness.
But my Savior’s Heart that wants so desperately to save all souls from these things, burns more than ever to bring souls redemptive comfort through a new descent, a new outpouring of my Spirit of Love, the Spirit of Holiness.  Consolator Optime.  Oh, yes, Comforter most excellent, surpassing all needs and desires with its gifts.
Divine Illuminator whose Light is Truth, whose Light is always consoling. Isn’t the sole purpose of this Light the revelation of Love?  O Lux beatissima. [O Most Blessed LIght]
Divine Restorer, Spirit who purifies, erases, remakes, who consoles the soul with the unction of peace. Peace which passes all understanding [Phil  4:7).  Spiritalis unctio.[Spiritual Unction]
Divine Animator, who endows with his power, who transforms in his fire, who penetrates the heart with the ineffable consolations of his charity.  Fons vivus, ignis, caritas. [Font of Life, Fire, Love]
The Spirit thus wants to be the great Consoler of all who are afflicted, the supreme Consolation for all sorrows, the great Renewer of the face of the earth.
Oh, consecrated souls, all of you, don’t you want to afford my Heart the consolation of consoling your hearts, the hearts of everyone, by a generous outpouring of this Consoling Spirit?  Flame from the paternal Heart of your God and my God.  What is needed for that to happen?
Two things, that you already know: opening up and calling out.
Opening up, to the point of shedding blood, by offering a Fiat of complete surrender to the two-edged sword of Love.
Calling out with the humble, imploring cry, confident of a Veni passing through the Heart of Mary and drawing down torrents of love. Veni, Consolator Optime. [Come, Comforter Most Excellent]
Can there be sweeter consolation for a loving soul than to console the Heart of the One it loves? Now, learning how to console is the great gift of my Consoling Spirit, his distinctive mission vis-à-vis consecrated souls, the inestimable consolation that He brings them.
To learn, one must first of all understand.  Therefore, the Spirit as Divine Illuminator begins by illuminating in the deepest way, cordis intima,[6] the soul that sincerely desires to console its crucified Spouse.
To that end the Spirit reminds the soul of the great redemptive realities paid for at the price of his Blood, and of the cry his Blood utters: He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you [Jn 14:26].
The price of my Blood, its purifying and divinizing action. This is my Blood poured out for the remission of sins [Matt 26:28]. He who drinks my Blood has life eternal [Jn 6:54].  From whence comes the supreme consolation for all those who receive my Blood and by It quench their thirst, as It gushes forth from the Source of all consolation which is the Sanctuary of my Heart.
O Consolator optime. The cry of my Blood, its thirst, its call.  My Holy Spirit, Tongue of fire from the Trinity, makes you resonate with It and ceaselessly to proclaim It from the depths of your heart. Listen to It:  Offer Me chalices with which to receive Me, living chalices of hearts that are pure, open, ardent, filled with desire.
Yes, my Heart is a Chalice that seeks chalices.  A Chalice overflowing with divine Blood  seeking human chalices, the hearts of men and women, in order to divinize them by the purifying and transforming effusion of this Blood in merciful torrents.  The Chalice of eternal Salvation.
But, alas, I find few souls like this, souls who are for Me true, living chalices of my Blood, and yet only these merit the title of “true co-redemptive spouses.” Few souls therefore into whom I can pour out the treasures of my consolation, and this is what causes the great desolation of my Savior’s Heart: my great suffering is having to hold Myself back in pouring out my Blood.
Yes, if my Heart has so great a need to be consoled, it’s because It has such need to console the hearts of others, and to be unable to do what my Heart so wants is an immense affliction for It. My Heart is truly desolate at not being able to console as the Love of my Heart would like. It can’t, you know, because too many hearts are closed to It or are half-closed.
You understand now what has to be done in order to console my Heart, what has to be. You will be chalices of consolation to Me in the measure that you will be and will form chalices of my Blood, which means hearts ever more widely opened, through trust and generosity, to my outpourings as Savior.  This is the great loving lesson of the Spirit Who Consoles.


[6] in the inmost heart.
[8] Matt 26:28
[9] Jn 6:54