St Margaret Mary - Marguerite-Marie Alacoque
Enclosed Sister of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial
Born 22 July 1647; died 17 October 1690 in France
She received revelations of the Sacred Heart: reception of Holy Communion on the First Friday Devotions of each month, Eucharistic adoration during the Holy Hour on Thursdays, and the celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
Her spiritual director was St Claude de la Colombière
Beatified in 1864 by Pius IX; canonized on 13 May 1920 by Benedict XV
She wrote La Devotion au Sacré-Coeur de Jesus
Her incorrupt body rests under the altar in the chapel at Paray-le-Monial
Feast Day - 16th October
3 2us by Father John Edwards SJ
"It's 1673 in France. A nun aged 26 has been 2 years in the convent, she's pale, she's thin, she's ill, big eyes, nervous, it's dark, she's praying. What's she doing? She's talking to Jesus who will reveal to her in 4 visions over the next 2 years the mystery of His Sacred Heart. This woman, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, is terribly important, massively important. What she sees and hears will alter nearly every Catholic church to be built and the devotional life of every good Catholic. It will restore the Church after the blight of Jansenism, it will give rise to religious orders and devotional practices. Until the devotion to the Divine Mercy in the late 20th century, it will do more than anything else to assure us that God loves us - loves us humanly as well as divinely, that God thinks we're worth dying for."
From the Revelations of Our Lord to St Margaret Mary
"And He [Christ] showed me that it was His great desire of being loved by men and of withdrawing them from the path of ruin that made Him form the design of manifesting His Heart to men, with all the treasures of love, of mercy, of grace, of sanctification and salvation which it contains, in order that those who desire to render Him and procure Him all the honour and love possible, might themselves be abundantly enriched with those divine treasures of which His heart is the source."
Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- with quotes from JPII's angelus's on the Sacred Heart
3 2us on the Sacred Heart by Father Stan Fortuna CFR