Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque

Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary, Church of San Michele, Cortemilia, Italy. Photo: Public Domain

Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque
Feast Day: June 6

Praying lying prostrate with her face to the ground, Sister Margaret hoped that her Holy Hour would enable her to share in the sadness of a Christ abandoned by His Apostles, Even as a little French girl of distinguished parents, Margaret rejected childhood games and fun, instead embracing the Blessed Sacrament, solitude, and prayer. She became bed ridden for four years from paralysis, and after promising the Blessed Virgin that she would devote herself to religious life, she immediately recovered. Despite her health being fragile, she committed herself to the most difficult trials and sufferings. Often her pain was cured by the Lord and she experienced visions of Him. Her conversations with the Lord were so extraordinary that her sisters jealously criticized her, and her superior ordered her to “live a common life.” Fortunately, her humility and devotion overcame her persecutors, and Christ told her of His desire to be loved, and share His Heart of mercy and salvation with all. He called her “the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart” and she wrote greatly upon the subject. When she died, her last words were, “What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God.”


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