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THE WAY OF
DIVINE LOVE

S I S T E R  J O S E F A  M E N E N D E Z

Copyright © 1950 by Sands, London, UK.

NIHIL OBSTAT:
Patricius Morris, S.T.D., L.S.S.
Censor Deputatus

IMPRIMATUR:
E. Morrogh Bernard, Vic. Gen.
Westmonasterii, die 5a Maii, 1953

Sister Josefa Menendez was Coadjutrix Sister
of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

This work is published for the greater glory of
Jesus Christ through His most holy mother Mary
and for the sanctification of the Church militant.

CONTENTS

THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE TITLE

PUBLISHER

INDEX

THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE

DECLARATION

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

JOSEFA’S MISSION

JOSEFA AS VICTIM

THE MESSAGE

THE OPPORTUNENESS OF THE MESSAGE

THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE MESSAGE

BOOK ONE
THE MESSENGER OF THE HEART OF JESUS

Chapter I
THE HEAVENLY CHOICE

A SOUL’S AWAKENING 1890–1907

WAITING 1907–1920

Chapter II
LES FEUILLANTS THE OLD MONASTERY OF THE SACRED HEART AT POITIERS

IN THE OPEN HEART OF JESUS February 4th–July 16th 1920

VOCATION OF REPARATION July 17th–August 25th, 1920

JOSEFA UNDER TRIAL August 26th–October 8th, 1920

Chapter III
TAUGHT BY THE HEART OF JESUS

FIRST STEPS October 9th–28th, 1920

DAILY PRECEPTS AND FORGIVENESS October 22nd–December 18th, 1920

INVITATION TO SOULS December 19th, 1920–January 26th, 1921

HIDDEN LIFE IN FERVOR January 27th–February 21st, 1921

LOVE’S DESIGNS February 22nd–March 26th, 1921

OPPOSITION FROM THE DEVIL March 27th–May 31st, 1921

Chapter IV
LOVE’S VENTURES

CONCERNING THE SOULS OF THREE PRIESTS AND A SINNER, AND TWO CHOSEN SOULS June 1st–July 1921

A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY August 1921

Chapter V
SEARCHING TRIALS

FRESH TRIALS August 26th–October 1921

OPEN PERSECUTION November 1921–February 1922

A BREAK AFTER TRIAL—THE FORTY HOURS February 14th–March 3rd, 1922

THE BOTTOMLESS PIT OPENS TO JOSEFA March 4th–April 15th, 1922

A SHORT TRUCE April 16th–July 8th, 1922

Chapter VI
THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE

RETREAT FOR FIRST VOWS July 8th–16th, 1922

THE OFFERING July 16th–August 7th, 1922

BOOK TWO
THE MESSAGE OF LOVE

PART ONE

PRELIMINARY EXPLANATION

Chapter VII
THE MESSAGE IS INAUGURATED

OUR LORD’S FIRST REQUESTS August 8th–September 30th, 1922

APPEAL TO CONSECRATED SOULS October 1st–November 21st, 1922

THE REDEMPTIVE VALUE OF DAILY LIFE November 22nd–December 12th, 1922

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS GRACES December 13th–31st, 1922

Chapter VIII
THE LENT OF 1923

THE VIA DOLOROSA January 1st–February 17th, 1923

THE SECRETS OF THE PASSION: THE CENACLE February 18th–28th, 1923

THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND SINNERS March 1st–11th, 1923

GETHSEMANE March 12th–15th, 1923

THE FLIGHT OF THE APOSTLES March 16th, 1923

FROM THE PRISON TO THE SCOURGING March 17th–21st, 1923

FROM THE CROWNING WITH THORNS TO THE DESPAIR OF JUDAS March 22nd–25th, 1923

HOLY WEEK March 25th–April 1st, 1923

MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK On the Way to Calvary March 26th, 1923

TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK Simon of Cyrene March 27th, 1923

WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK The Crucifixion March 28th, 1923

LOVE’S GREAT DAY March 29th, 1923

GOOD FRIDAY The Seven Words March 30th and 31st, 1923

Chapter IX
MARMOUTIER

THE LIFE OF FAITH April 1st–May 2nd, 1923

HEAVENWARD, BUT IN SOLITUDE May 8th–20th, 1923

THE CROSS AND MANY GRACES May 20th–June 2nd, 1923

BOOK THREE
THE MESSAGE OF LOVE

PART TWO

Chapter X
AN APPEAL TO THE WHOLE WORLD

RETURN TO POITIERS, FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART June 2nd–10th, 1923

DO MEN KNOW? June 10th–14th, 1923

THE RESPONSE MADE BY MANKIND June 15th–19th, 1923

Chapter XI
THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS

ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST VOWS June 20th–July 16th, 1923

TRIALS July 16th–August 24th, 1923

A SUFFERING RETREAT August 25th–October 2nd, 1923

Chapter XII
ROME

THE MOTHER HOUSE—DIVINE PLEDGES October 2nd–26th 1923

LAST DAYS AT POITIERS: PURIFICATION October 26th–November 30th, 1923

Chapter XIII
IN FINEM DILEXIT!

GOD SETS THE SEAL ON HIS WORK

THE FINAL MESSAGE December 1st–9th, 1923

UNION THROUGH CRUCIFIXION December 9th–16th, 1923

CONSUMMATUM EST! December 16th–29th, 1923

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX

A FEW SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES OF JOSEFA’S ON HELL

THE TEACHINGS OF PURGATORY

ILLUSTRATIONS

PUBLISHER II

ENDNOTES








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