St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

The visions of Christ granted to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (virgin and spiritual) led to the Church’s formal veneration of the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus.

Margaret Mary was born in 1647; her childhood in jap France was sad due to household issues and sickness. After briefly contemplating marriage, she entered the Order of Visitation Sisters on the age of twenty-four. She was thought-about a easy and undistinguished nun. She was humble and affected person and open to criticism and correction, however her superiors thought-about her clumsy and considerably sluggish.

Although Margaret Mary had issue meditating within the formal means anticipated of the sisters in her order, on December 27, 1674, Margaret Mary skilled an apparition of Christ. Jesus confirmed her His Sacred Coronary heart — an emblem of His usually rejected love for humanity — and requested her to advertise devotion to His Sacred Coronary heart by means of frequent Communion and an hour of prayer every Thursday night time (in reminiscence of His agony in Gethsemane).

Christ appeared to Margaret Mary on 4 separate events. When others discovered of her visions of Christ, they accused her of delusions or deliberate fraud. Nevertheless, her Jesuit confessor, St. Claude de la Colombière, believed, supported, and inspired her.

Margaret Mary died in 1690. Her gentleness and persistence satisfied many individuals of the genuineness of the apparitions. The Feast of the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus was ultimately established in 1856.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Swish Dwelling: Meditations to Assist You Develop Nearer to God Day by Day

It appears to me that our Lord’s earnest want to have His Sacred Coronary heart honored in a particular means is directed towards renewing the results of redemption in our souls. For the Sacred Coronary heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole want is to pour itself out into the hearts of the standard in order to free them and put together them to guide lives based on his good pleasure.

— From a letter of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

In what a technique can I honor the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus extra?

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