They cannot escape me any more than they can escape their own heart…

Baruch 2:29-32 If you do not heed my voice, surely this great and numerous throng will dwindle away among the nations to which I will scatter them. For I know they will not heed me, because they are a stiff-necked people. But in the land of their captivity they shall have a change of heart; they shall know that I, the LORD, am their God. I will give them hearts, and heedful ears; and they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and shall invoke my name.

“Beloved children, do not despair! I have allowed the disobedient* to be scattered so that in the end I myself may gather them together. They try to run, but they cannot escape me any more than they can escape their own heart. In fact that would be an easier thing! I relentlessly pursue each soul, leaving signs of my presence—of which they take no notice. When this happens, I withdraw and allow them to feel my absence. Then when they have sunk to the lowest pit and give a glance my way, I myself lift them out, wash them clean, and put oil on their heads. Some of my children choose the thorniest path, but they do not know that at the end of every path and at each step on the way I AM. Pray my children. I long for souls! Pray!”

Jesus, beloved, lover of souls, I praise you for your relentless pursuit of even the most hardened sinners. In the Divine Will I pray for all those in my territory. Do not let them be lost forever, but in your mercy draw them into your gracious, loving embrace. Jesus I trust in you. Save souls! Amen.

(*I take this to refer to those who have turned their backs on the Church. The new disapora.)

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