Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)
for October 16
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque lost her father at the tender age of eight years old. After his death, she was sent to the Poor Clares School. During this time, Saint Margaret Mary was afflicted with rheumatic fever and became confined to her bed. When she was 15 years old, Saint Margaret Mary was given a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and was miraculously healed of her illness. She also received a vision of Jesus Christ after his scourging. After this vision, she was motivated to join the Visitation convent at Paray-le-Monial in France. From the age of 20 onward, Saint Margaret Mary received numerous visions of Jesus Christ. She also received revelations from Jesus, including 12 promises for those devoted to his Sacred Heart. During her revelations, Saint Margaret Mary was taught about the observance of the Nine First Fridays, the Holy Hour, and the request from Our Lord that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be started in the Church. Saint Margaret Mary's visions were declared to be genuine by Claude La Colombiere, the confessor of the Visitation convent at the time. Saint Margaret Mary's religious community began observing the Feast of the Sacred Heart in 1683. Two years later, a chapel was constructed at Paray-le-Monial to honor the Sacred Heart. Soon after, devotion to the Sacred Heart began to flourish within the Visitation convent. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque is the patron saint of devotees of the Sacred Heart, of polio patients, and against the death of parents. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was formally recognized and approved by Pope Clement XIII.
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"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The Gospel reading reminds us that Jesus wants us to bring our worries to him, to unburden ourselves. He tells us that we are making life too complicated by worrying about unimportant things. If we worry less and focus on his love for us, we will be happier. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore you to help me simplify my life, worry less, and be concerned about what is really important in life—living for the good of others. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)