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Marguerite Marie Alacoque
or Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (22 July 1647,
in Verosvres – 17 October 1690) was a French
Roman Catholic nun and mystic,
who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
in its modern form.
She was born at Lhautecour,
a village in the diocese of Autun,
now part of the commune of Verosvres in 1647 .
From early childhood, Margaret was described
as showing intense love for the Blessed Sacrament
(the Eucharist), and as preferring silence and
prayer to childhood play.
After her First Communion at the age of nine,
she practiced in secret severe corporal
mortification until rheumatic fever
confined her to bed for four years.
At the end of this period,
having made a vow to the Blessed Virgin
to consecrate herself to religious life,
she was instantly restored to perfect health.
According to Catholic lore, she had visions
of Jesus Christ, which she thought were
a normal part of human experience and
continued to practice austerity.
However, in response to a vision of Christ,
crucified but alive, that reproached her
for forgetfulness of him, claiming his Heart
was filled with love for her due to her promise,
she entered, when almost 24 years of age,
the Visitation Convent at Paray-le-Monial
on 25 May 1671, intending to become a nun.
Jesus appearing to Saint Margaret Mary
at the Church of San Michele, Cortemilia, in Italy.
She was subjected to many trials
to prove the genuineness of her vocation.
She was admitted to wearing the religious habit
on 25 August 1671, but was not allowed
to make her religious profession
on the same date of the following year,
which would have been normal.
Finally, she was admitted to profession
on 6 November 1672. She changed her baptismal name
of Marguerite (Margaret) to her religious name
of Marguerite-Marie (Margaret Mary).
In this convent she received several revelations
of the Sacred Heart, the first on 27 December 1673,
and the final one 18 months later.
The visions revealed to her the form
of the devotion, the chief features being
reception of Holy Communion on the First
Friday Devotions of each month,
the Eucharistic adoration during the Holy Hour
on Thursdays, and the celebration of
the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
She stated that in her vision she was instructed
to spend an hour every Thursday night
to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus
in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Holy Hour practice later became
widespread among Catholics.
Initially discouraged in her efforts
to follow the instruction she had received
in her visions, Marguerite-Marie was eventually
able to convince her superior, Mother de Saumaise,
of the authenticity of her visions.
She was unable, however, to convince a group
of theologians of the validity of her apparitions,
nor was she any more successful with many of
the members of her community.
She received the support of Saint Claude de la Colombière,
the community's confessor for a time,
who declared that the visions were genuine.
In 1683, opposition in the community ended
when Mother Melin was elected Superior and named
Margaret Mary her assistant.
She later became Novice Mistress,
saw the convent observe the Feast of
the Sacred Heart privately beginning in 1686,
and two years later, a chapel was built
at the Paray-le-Monial to honor the Sacred Heart.
After Margaret Mary's death, on 17 October 1690,
the devotion to the Sacred Heart was fostered
by the Jesuits and the subject of controversies
within the Church. The practice was not officially
recognized until 75 years after her death.
The discussion of her own mission and qualities
continued for years. All her actions,
her revelations, her spiritual maxims,
her teachings regarding the devotion to the
Sacred Heart, of which she was the chief exponent
as well as the apostle, were subjected to the most
severe and minute examination, and finally the
Sacred Congregation of Rites passed a favorable vote
on the heroic virtues of this "servant of God".
In March 1824, Pope Leo XII pronounced her Venerable
(the first step on the path to canonised sainthood),
and on 18 September 1864 Pope Pius IX
declared her Blessed. When her tomb was canonically
opened in July 1830, two instantaneous cures
were recorded to have taken place.
Her incorrupt body rests under the altar
in the chapel at Paray-le-Monial,
and many striking blessings have been claimed
by pilgrims attracted there from all parts of the world.
She was canonized by Benedict XV in 1920,
and in 1929 her liturgical commemoration
was included in the Roman Catholic calendar
of saints for celebration on 17 October,
the day of her death.
In 1969, this date was assigned to
a saint of the Apostolic Age,
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, and the memorial
of Saint Margaret Mary
was moved to the previous day, 16 October.
In his 1928 encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor,
Pope Pius XI affirmed the Church's position
regarding the credibility of her visions
of Jesus Christ by speaking of Jesus as having
"manifested Himself" to Saint Margaret Mary
and having "promised her that all those
who rendered this honor to His Heart
would be endowed with an abundance
of heavenly graces".
Her short devotional writing,
La Devotion au Sacré-Coeur de Jesus
(Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus), was
published posthumously by J. Croiset in 1698,
and has been popular among Catholics.
Marguerite Marie Alacoque
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"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 honor and love possible,
might themselves be abundantly enriched
with those divine treasures of which
His heart is the source." —
from Revelations of Our Lord to
St. Mary Margaret Alacoque
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St Margaret Mary Alacoque
22 July 1647
L'Hautecour, Burgundy, France
17 October 1690 (aged 43)
Paray-le-Monial, Burgundy, France
Roman Catholic Church
18 September 1864, Rome by Pope Pius IX
13 May 1920, Rome by Benedict XV
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