Pierina Betrone was born in Saluzzo, Italy, April 6, 1903 to Pietro and Giuseppina Betrone. The second of six daughters, she lived the normal life of a young girl until the age of 13, when Our Lord chose her for one of his victim souls.
At the age of 13, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 1916), Pierina consecrated herself to the Blessed Virgin. Immediately upon receiving the Eucharist that day, Jesus spoke to her: "Do you want to be Mine?"
Filled at that moment with extraordinary graces, she eagerly replied, "Yes!"
As the days passed, Pierina felt called to a religious vocation, but she was plagued with spiritual doubts, dryness, and temptations. All attempts to pursue the religious life resulted in nothing but obstacles.
Eight years later, after three failed attempts to join a religious community, Pierina entered the convent of the Poor Clares of the Franciscan Capuchin Order. On February 28, 1930, she received her veil and took the name Sister Maria Consolata.
That same day, Jesus spoke to her saying, "I do not call you for more than this: an act of continual love."
Sr. Consolata spent the next several years performing seemingly humble, trivial works such as cook, doorkeeper, and cobbler. Interiorly, however, she continued to receive extraordinary graces that led to her becoming Jesus' secret confident. Together, they shared both love and pain in their quest to bring souls to the Father.
"Jesus reveals to me," she recorded in her writings, "the intimate sufferings of His Heart caused by the faithlessness of souls consecrated to Him."
Jesus gave to Sr. Consolata, what he called the "unceasing act of love":
Tell me, what more beautiful prayer do you want to offer me? "Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!" Love and souls! What more beautiful prayer could you desire?
Think, one act of love can determine eternal happiness for a soul. Therefore, be careful never to omit one "Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!" Lose no time; every act of loves is a soul.
One "Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!" atones for thousands of blasphemies.
Sr. Consolata recorded the many messages that Jesus gave to her throughout her life. They are included in the book, "Jesus Appeals to the World." The following is a sample:
Put together all virtuous acts of today that you can perform, and put them beside a day uninterrupted in acts of love, and I will take the love-filled day in preference to anything else, you have done or offered Me. "Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!" Herewith, you offer Me everything.
Remain true to this act of love and renew it hour to hour, and I will grant you everything, Consolata.
Consolata, I will lead you to all heights of love and suffering, but repeat always: "Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!" Nothing more.
I prefer one act of love to all other prayers. "Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!" includes all—the souls in Purgatory, as those in the Militant Church, the guilty and the innocent, the dying, the godless, etc. Fear not. On the day you die, you will have reached the summit and finished your last act of love that Jesus wished from you when He called you as a Victim of Love."
On August 17, 1934, Jesus said to her:
After you have prayed your last "Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!" I will accept it and through your writings, I will make it accessible to millions of souls. Even sinners will take it up, and will follow you in the simple way of trust and love, and will love Me in this way.
Sister Consolata died from tuberculosis on July 18, 1946 in the Convent of the Sacred Heart of Moriondo Moncalieri Turin, Italy.