St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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By Catholic Digest Staff

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Feast Day: October 16


Despite being faced with scorn and hostility from her fellow nuns and superiors, Margaret Mary refused to remain silent about the remarkable visions she was receiving. She lived with their insults and isolation, continuing to embrace the revelations of the Sacred Heart being bestowed upon her, spiritual messages that her community dismissed as mere delusions. Praying before the Blessed Sacraments a voice spoke to her “in so plain and effective a manner as to leave no room for doubt, such were the results this grace produced in me,” instructing her to spread the everlasting love of Jesus’ Sacred Heart to all the people of the earth. Visiting theologians scoffed at her experiences, but Blessed Claude de la Colombière, the confessor to the nuns, took her seriously. Recognizing the divine grace in her extraordinary visions, he became her first disciple and started spreading her devotion. Despite the lifetime resentment of many sisters, she became a renowned novice-mistress, establishing the Feast of the Sacred Heart as she was guided, and spreading the message of His love. “This divine heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy for those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty.” A message that still speaks today through the hearts of the faithful.

Catholic Digest Staff