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October 16 - Saint Margaret Mary breski1 Virgin (1647-1690) St. Margaret of the Visitation Order was a mystic and Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was born in Lhautecour, …More
October 16 - Saint Margaret Mary breski1
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(1647-1690)

St. Margaret of the Visitation Order was a mystic and Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was born in Lhautecour, France, on July 22, 1647.
St. Margaret's parents, Claude Alacoque and Philiberte Lamyn, were distinguished for their virtues and modesty. From childhood, Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament. She also preferred silence and prayer to passion-infused amusement. After her first communion at the age of nine, she practiced severe corporal mortifications in secret until paralysis confined her to bed for four years. After recuperating, she made a vow to the Blessed Virgin to consecrate herself to religious life, and was restored immediately to perfect health.
The death of her father and the injustice of a relative plunged her family into poverty, after which Margaret found greater consolation in the Blessed Sacrament. Around this time, Jesus made her sensible of His presence and protection. When Margaret was seventeen, the family property was recovered. At this, her mother persuaded her to establish herself, and the filial tenderness made Margaret believe her childhood vow was not binding. One night, after returning from a ball, she had a vision of Christ during His scourging.
On 25 May, 1671, she entered the Visitation Convent at Paray, and in November, 1672, pronounced her final vows. She had a delicate constitution, but was gifted with intelligence and good judgment. To mortify her senses, she selected otherwise hard and repugnant jobs. Here, Our Lord confided to the mission to establish devotion to His Sacred Heart. These extraordinary occurrences drew the attention and critque of her community, who treated her as a visionary. In a turn of events, because of St. Margaret's grace and charity, her mission was recognized by everyone, including her most bitter opponents.
In the first revelation, Jesus said he ardently desires to be loved by men; to manifest His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, sanctification and salvation. In the visions, Jesus called St. Margaret "the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart." In her final illness, St. Margaret repeated Jesus' name. She passed away into Our Savior's arms at Paray-le-Monial on October 17, 1690.
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Sanctus Sanctus Sanctus
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque pray for us.
Our Lady of Good Success of the purification, pray for us.
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