Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and Nonco

Born in the diocese of Autun, France, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque consecrated her heart, while yet a child, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In order to dedicate herself wholly to her Divine Spouse, she joined the
Visitation Order of nuns at twenty-three years of age at Paray-le Monial in
Chareleroi.  She was subjected to many trials and sufferings, but she underwent all for the love of Jesus.  In 1675, she was chosen by
God to reveal to the christian World the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Saint Margaret and Saint Claude de la Colombiere, S.J., were the chief instruments of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  She died in1690 and was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.
Lives of the Saints pages 432-433
Did you know? In Saint Margaret Mary’s vision she was instructed to spend an hour every Thursday night to meditate on Jesus' Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Holy Hour practice later became widespread among Catholics and is still practiced here in Saint John Francis Regis Catholic Church on the First Friday of every month following 6:00 a.m. Mass.

Read more about Saint Margaret Mary below.

Did you know?
Nonco was well aware of Saint Margaret Mary and the part she played in spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Read Seola Arnaud Edwards memoirs of how her little sister came to be named "Margaret Mary." Click this link -
How My Sister Got Her Name

From Wikipedia:

In this monastery Alacoque received several private 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 of each month, Eucharistic adoration during a "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 Jesus' Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Holy Hour practice later became widespread among Catholics.

On 27 December 1673, the feast of Saint John, Margaret Mary reported that Jesus permitted her to rest her head upon his heart, and then disclosed to her the wonders of his love, telling her that he desired to make them known to all mankind and to diffuse the treasures of his goodness, and that he had chosen her for this work.

Initially discouraged in her efforts to follow the instruction she had received in her visions, Alacoque 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 own community, and suffered greatly at their hands. She eventually received the support of Saint Claude de la Colombière, S.J., 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 and saw the monastery observe the Feast of the Sacred Heart privately, beginning in 1686. Two years later, a chapel was built at Paray-le-Monial to honor the Sacred Heart.

Alacoque died on 17 October 1690.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion

Father Miles Walsh  of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge has allowed us to reproduce his brochure which is below.  Please accept his invitation to make a nine-month novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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