Saints of the Society of Jesus: Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque

25 October, Virgin

Mention at least should be made here of the foundress of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. For, not only was Father Claude de la Colombiere, of the Society, her principal guide and support in her trials and efforts, but it was through the Society of Jesus in general that Our Lord revealed to her that He wished this devotion to be spread. Devotion to the Sacred Heart, then, the great popular devotion of the Catholic world to-day, is eminently the devotion of the Jesuits, and its foundress will always be united to the Order by a special tie of affection. The Blessed Margaret Mary lived in the second part of the seventeenth century. She was, as is well known, a nun, at Paray-le-Monial, in France, of the Visitation Order, founded by Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Jane de Chantal. The story of her revelations, of her contradictions, of her gentle triumphs, is known to all. There was great opposition in the Church, on the part of false brethren, to the practice of devotion to the Heart of Jesus our Saviour. But who can resist Love? The obscure little nun of Paray lived her short life within her convent walls; but the conflagration which she kindled is blazing all around the globe. May it continue to burn till men cease to be cold towards the only object worthy of their affection, and the King of hearts reign supreme in the hearts of all!