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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Marian Press (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596142227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596142220
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Gaitley, MIC, has given us a very special gift in his thoughtful and prayerful Do-It-Yourself Retreat. He brings together several spiritual traditions and blends them in the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. We will find inspiration in the quotations from the saints which he gathers carefully and in his deep, but humble, understanding of the principles of holiness that they proclaim. This is a good way for a soul to begin the journey in responding to the call to embrace the Divine Mercy of the Lord. --Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick

Michael Gaitley, MIC's book is a form of a weekend retreat accessible to those at the beginning stages of a simple way to holiness. While reading this book, I wished I could have had it in conversing with people of little or practically no faith who yet had a longing for the faith that lies at the core of human existence. These hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, Lord and this book guides them on a journey to resting in God. --Fr. Mitch Pacwa

This retreat, which is so well fitted into the busy life of the layperson, nonetheless includes all the essential parts of a genuine retreat of the Spiritual Exercises. Although focused on the Divine Mercy, it also includes the insights of Saints Ignatius Loyola and Louis de Montfort. It is also influenced by the Venerable Father Lanteri, who brings his own intensity and devotion into the retreat. All of this should make a devout person at home and yet push the person on to higher levels of devotion and spirituality. --Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Michael Gaitley, MIC's book is a form of a weekend retreat accessible to those at the beginning stages of a simple way to holiness. While reading this book, I wished I could have had it in conversing with people of little or practically no faith who yet had a longing for the faith that lies at the core of human existence. These hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, Lord and this book guides them on a journey to resting in God. --Fr. Mitch Pacwa

This retreat, which is so well fitted into the busy life of the layperson, nonetheless includes all the essential parts of a genuine retreat of the Spiritual Exercises. Although focused on the Divine Mercy, it also includes the insights of Saints Ignatius Loyola and Louis de Montfort. It is also influenced by the Venerable Father Lanteri, who brings his own intensity and devotion into the retreat. All of this should make a devout person at home and yet push the person on to higher levels of devotion and spirituality. --Fr. Benedict Groeschel

About the Author

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC was ordained to priesthood Saturday, October 16, 2010. Father Michael holds a Masters Degree in Theology from St. John Seminary in Massachusetts, and a Licentiate Degree in Spiritual Theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. After 8 years of working on his book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus it was released in February 2010 with the creative campaign, Don t Give up Chocolate for Lent, Do this retreat instead. With some incredible endorsements from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Danielle Bean of Faith and Family magazine, and many more, the book is now in its 3rd printing. The uniqueness of this do-it-yourself retreat is that it combines the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with the teachings of Saints Therese of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska and Louis de Montfort. Fr. Michael is the director of the Association of Marian Helpers in Stockbridge, Mass holding the honorary title of Fr. Joseph.

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A life changing book.
Claire D. Dion
Althought the book is title Consoling The Heart Of Jesus, you will feel him loving, consoling and moving within you.
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Very inspiring and easy to read.
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165 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Martinez on March 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I always felt that to just give up something during Lent was just that...giving up something for Christ! Yet deep down inside I felt that Lent was much more than denying oneself from candies, food or whatever else...it had to include some kind of conversion, but how? My answer was miraculously answered through this blessed book "Consoling the Heart of Jesus". Little by little, day by day I feel something transforming within my soul. I try to do this novena everyday and each time I read it, each time I am filled with hope.

I happen to be a simple minded person and things have to be explained to me as if I were a 5 year old...and Brother Michael wrote this retreat for all to be able to understand and I mean all!!! The examples he uses are to make sure that we understand each lesson given and without a doubt one will understand it fully. It is amazing how Brother Michael was able to capture all my thoughts, heart felt feelings and insecurities and give me hope despite my weaknesses.

I am confident that you will not regret purchasing this timeless book...you may regret not purchasing it sooner!!!
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141 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Angelo on February 23, 2010
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During my novitiate year with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, Br. Michael Gaitley made available for all the members of the Marian House copies of his retreat "Consoling the Heart of Jesus." As I read Br. Mike's manuscript, the consoling spirituality really resounded with me in a profound way. I found so much in common with the spiritual masters of the retreat as I had been especially formed over the years by Jesus - the Divine Mercy, Mary Immaculate, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I found what my purpose was in life and that was to console the Heart of Jesus through the Little Way of Divine Mercy. Br. Mike has been very helpful in having me continue along this spiritual path. Last year, he invited several of us who had made the retreat before to review his revised manuscript of "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" and take the retreat again during Lent. I made a weekend retreat (actually more like in the middle of the week during my spring break) and it bore so much fruit. It allowed me to just be quiet and spend time with Jesus. I just spoke to His heart and He spoke to mine. It was beautiful. I pray that "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" will touch other people's hearts as much as mine and that more little souls will be drawn to console Jesus' heart. God bless you.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Clark on March 1, 2010
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This is a "keeper book". Most books I read and pass on, but this one will go alongside of De Monfort's Total Consecration and St. Peter Julian Eymard's The Month of St. Joseph which are "renewed" annually. If you have a devotion to St. Therese, St. Faustina, St. Ignatius of Loyola or De Monfort, this book is for you.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Frank in OAKLEY on May 4, 2010
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I was not really attracted to the title of this book or the theology mentioned in the publisher blurb but I bought it because I trust the Marion Fathers & Brothers to have top quality books available. I was NOT disappointed. This has to be one of the best books for spiritual growth I have ever read. One of the endorsements says it is for the beginning stages of the spiritual life but I disagree. I think Brother Gaitley has touched on something that is applicable to all stages of the spiritual path. It gives a "digest" of the 2 important points in the SPiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and makes them 'do-able' (no small task) and brings along the insights of St. Faustina and Therese of Liesieux. This book surely was written with the help of the HOly Spirit. It is one of the few books that will always remain in my library. As a professed Lay Carmelite I have to say that Consoling the Heart of Jesus has made me see depths to my own vocation and, even better, how to love Jesus in a more personal way and how to grow in that love. You will not be disappointed if your purchase this book. It is written to be read over a weekend which I think you can do. But I have read and re-read it over the course of weeks. It is that good and that helpful. If you have the slightest desire to grow in your love for Jesus and are attracted to St. Faustina and the Mercy revelations and the insights of St. Therese of Liesieux then this book is an absolute MUST. 5 Stars is not enought praise!!!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Cat on May 19, 2011
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This is my amazing experience with this book.

For a while I had had the yearning to do a spiritual retreat but for several reasons I wasn't able to go to a retreat house so when I came across this book I bought it with the hope of doing a retreat at home on my own time. However life being as it is, I never got around to reading the book so it just sat on my shelf for a while. Luckily, Divine Providence stepped in and I came down with a serious illness that left me bedridden with nothing to do but read for a few weeks. Consequently, I was finally able to do the retreat without any of the feelings of guilt I usually experience when I don't dedicate most of my time to my family or work. I was at peace to enjoy the book.

Thank God for my illness because I spent 4 amazing and cathartic days doing the retreat. I didn't want it to end. When I finally did finish, I literally uttered the word "wow" and hugged the book. I also remember thanking God repeatedly for blessing me with the chance to complete the retreat. The book combines the spirituality of St. Ignatius, St. Faustina, St. Theresa of the Little Flower and St Louis de Montfort. Also included in the book is a follow up to the retreat to be done a week after the initial reading, additional spiritual readings from the Diary of St. Faustina and an appendix with great footnotes. This retreat helped me develop a deeper relationship with Jesus because it allowed me to let go of many of the reservations I had about getting closer to God. My fear of suffering and my awareness of my own personal weaknesses and flaws have prevented me form growing spiritually. This retreat allowed me to go beyond my superficial understanding what it means to trust in the Lord.
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