Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was born in 1647 in Lhautecour, France. Even when she was very young, Margaret Mary had great love for the Blessed Sacrament and spent her time in prayer instead of playing like most kids her age.
When she was just 8 years old, her father died and all her family’s belongings were put in charge of a relative who left her family poor.
She suffered from rheumatic fever which confined her to her bed for four years. After making a vow to Our Blessed Mother to consecrate herself to religious life, she miraculously returned to perfect health.
When she was 24 years old she joined the Sisters of the Visitation where she chose to do the jobs she liked least and offered her sufferings to God. She had visions of Jesus for most of her life, and she is most well-known for establishing a devotion to His Sacred Heart.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus image is a symbol of
God’s love and mercy. In fact, that love and mercy is so intense that the symbol of the sacred heart is a human heart encircled with a crown of thorns, crowned with a cross, and radiating flames: this is how much Christ loves us. His heart burns with love for us.
Margaret Mary’s feast day is on October 16th and she is the patron saint of those devoted to the Sacred Heart, those who have lost parents, and those suffering with polio.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
My Catholic Family - Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart of Jesus -
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