“And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them” (Mark 9:36).
We have depicted Jesus as Child and as King
in order to attract souls to Him more easily
and to give them confident trust and hope.
We also wanted to recall that it is by His Divine Heart,
full of mercy and of love for humanity
that we shall obtain peace in the world.
Mother Yvonne–Aimée’s Little Invocation that has changed so many lives, healed so many hearts, and set so many souls in the way of ceaseless prayer. Some time ago, a certain monk who had tried for many years to practice the ceaseless prayer of the heart came upon a biography of Mother Yvonne-Aimée (1901-1951), and learned of the prayer, “O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in thy merciful goodness.” One day, kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, he realized that the prayer was repeating itself ceaselessly and effortlessly in his heart. He found himself praying the Little Invocation at every waking moment and even during the night, in a way similar to the “Jesus Prayer” of monks of the Eastern Church. Over the years, the grace of ceaseless prayer by means of the Little Invocation has not abated. It is always there: a gentle murmur of confidence bubbling up from the depths of the heart.
Individuals from all walks of life, having received the Little Invocation as a penance in Confession, attest to the graces received: graces of inner healing, of victory over persistent and deeply rooted habits of sin, of trust in the mercy of Christ, and of a ceaseless prayer of the heart.
O Jésus, Roi d’Amour,
j’ai confiance en ta miséricordieuse bonté.
O Jesus, King of Love,
I trust in thy merciful goodness.
In 1922 Yvonne Beauvais, the future Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus, received the inspiration of this prayer. Immediately the invocation began to spread, first in certain communities of her own Order (the Augustinian Canonesses Regular Hospitallers of the Mercy of Jesus) and among their hospital patients, and then on a wider scale. Before long, persons praying the invocation began to obtain favours both material and spiritual.
In 1932 the Bishop of Vannes, France, approved the invocation for his diocese. The following year, Pope Pius XI indulgenced the prayer for the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus, for their sick and for all those hospitalized in their institutions. This favour was renewed by Pope Pius XII, and on December 6, 1958, Pope John XXIII extended it to the universal Church.
Mother Yvonne-Aimée cherished this invocation to Jesus, King of Love, and her heart’s desire was to make it known and to see it spread. She wrote: “It is so sweet, so strong, so rich, this little invocation . . .” and again, “This invocation is appreciated by the sick and consoles them. They love this prayer because it appeals to the kingship of Christ Jesus, to His Love, His Mercy, His Goodness; in some way, it compels us to trust. It condenses our familiar invocations to the Sacred Heart and sums them up” (from the request addressed to Pope Pius XI).
In 1927 modest bookmarks showing a heart, symbol of the Love of the Heart of Jesus, were printed to spread the prayer. In 1940, during World War II, in order to make the prayer even better known and loved, Mother Yvonne-Aimée had the idea of a medal and of an image which she designed herself.
To draw souls to trust, to hope, and to the love of the merciful Heart of Jesus: such was for Mother Yvonne-Aimée in the past, as it is for us today, the only aim pursued in spreading the invocation:
O Jesus, King of Love, I trust in thy merciful goodness.
More information on Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus and on the invocation, as well as images and medals of Jesus, King of Love, may be obtained from:
The Confraternity of Jesus, King of Love