From Revelations of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:
"And He showed me that it was His great desire of being loved by men and of withdrawing them from the path of ruin into which Satan hurls such crowds of them, 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 for Him all the honor and love possible, might themselves be abundantly enriched with those divine treasures of which this Heart is the source.
“He should be honored under the figure of this Heart of flesh, and its image should be exposed...He promised me that wherever this image should be exposed with a view to showing it special honor, He would pour forth His blessings and graces. This devotion was the last effort of His love that He would grant to men in these latter ages, in order to withdraw them from the empire of Satan which He desired to destroy, and thus to introduce them into the sweet liberty of the rule of His love, which He wished to restore in the hearts of all those who should embrace this devotion."..... "The devotion is so pleasing to Him that He can refuse nothing to those who practice it."
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was born on July 22, 1647 at L'Hautecour, in the province of Burgundy, France. As a child, she studied under the auspices of the Poor Clares at Charolles. Her father died when she was just 8 years old. She was bed-ridden with rheumatic fever from the age of 11 to 15. At this time, she was known as an ardent devotee of the Blessed Sacrament.
She joined the Order
of Our Lady of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial in 1671 and
In 1688, a chapel dedicated to the Sacred Heart was constructed at Paray-le-Monial and soon the devotion began to spread, with the help of the Visitandine Nuns and the priests of the Society of Jesus.S
St. Margaret died on October 17, 1690. The devotion that Our Lord gave to the world through her was officially approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.
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