Friday, November 25, 2016

In Sinu Jesu

A few days ago I read about a  book, In Sinu Jesu that one of  Rorate Caeli's team of writers, really likes. It is recommended for use during Adoration and is praised by Cardinal Burke. I bought it and read it and I have to say that it made me a little uneasy.  The book is written by anonymous Benedictine and is his reflections on his inner locutions from Our Lord and Our Lady. The thing that bothers me is that the words of Our Lord in this book are...well... gooey. I cannot imagine the Christ speaking like this. Some people find the dialogue in St. Faustina's diary to be too sugary but I'll let that pass because she was a simple young woman  with a girlish vocabulary and who grew up in culture quite different from the post World War II West. The priest who wrote this book is a modern, educated American male so there would be no need for Our Lord to speak to him in such precious way.

There is so much repetition that I found myself skipping pages. Would God say the same thing day after day, year after year? God spoke to Moses and Noah with clear commands and He did not repeat Himself like a mother telling her kid to pick up his socks for the 50th time in a month. The volume of inner locutions worried me too. When I compare the amount of locutions  of In Sinu Jesu to what was said succinctly stated to  Saints Gertrude, Margaret Mary, Catherine Laboure and  St. Teresa of Avila it just seems so different. The chattiness in In Sinu Jesu  reminds me of Medjugorje and Fr. Gobbi.

I'm not knocking the priest. To his credit, he is not chatting on EWTN or  hitting the lecture circuit. He's only published his diary and done so anonymously. He remains quietly at his work in the monastery and in adoration of the Lord. However, it's possible that Father is mistaken about what he is hearing and the Church does not require us  to accept every word from every mystic.  My parish priest is busy so I'm not going to bother him  or our parochial vicar with it but I'd be interested to see what a good theologian priest's reaction to it would be to this book. For safety's sake I will stick to time tested and Church approved guides such as Imitation of Christ,or Visits to the Blessed Sacrament by St. Alphonsus or the great devotion of the rosary when I'm at Adoration.


Roseanna Hatke said...

In these strange and dangerous times, it behooves all faithful Catholics to discern everything with a somewhat skeptical eye. Especially visions, locutions,etc. For myself, if it doesn't sound anything like what Almighty God would say or what a common sense woman like Our Lady would say, I disregard it. I agree, Dymphna....God does not keep repeating himself like a nagging mother or speak to us in the kind of syrupy way that makes a person gag. He is an Awesome God,the Creator of All Things...not a whiney sap.

newguy40 said...

hmmm... I ordered that one for my advent reading. Supposed to be delivered today.

Imitation of Christ is about the only "spiritual" book I pull out and re-read regularly. The tone and direction in that book I find to be masculine and direct. Which as a very direct male, I enjoy.


Dymphna said...

Newguy I always respect your opinion. Let me know what you thought of it.

Father Neil said...

As a priest I couldn't disagree more!It really gets to the heart of the problem in the Church - priests not praying and allowing themselves to be watered down in their preaching or teaching as a consequence. It has a solid masculine feel with extraordinary tenderness. . I have now increased my daily adoration to two hours and have noticed significant changes in the lives of the priests who have read it: A deeper sense of their mission; a deeper love of the Holy Mass; faithfulness to the teaching of the Church and renewed compassion for those who fall, especially priests. The traditional liturgy from which this book flows reminds us of the constant need for priests to be in prayer and not messing about on ipads and iphones and social media. This book will revive the priesthood if those of us who have read it take our priesthood seriously and get back to basics of the faith. I highly recommend it -

Fr Neil

Father Neil said...

I'm sorry you didn't find my comment worthy - again I couldn't disagree more the book is a jewel for the priesthood. Adoration will be the source of renewal in the priesthood

Father Neil said...

From Father Neil (Scotland)