Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
Virgin, apostle of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, born Lhautecour, France, 1647; died Paray-Ie- Monial, 1690.
From early childhood she was intensely devoted to the Blessed Sacrament.
After four years suffering from paralysis she was miraculously cured by Our Lady.
Having vowed to consecrate herself to the religious life, she entered the Visitation Convent at Paray, where she was distinguished for obedience, humility, and love of suffering.
The visions of Christ, with which she had been favored in her youth, continued, and He made known to her that she was to be the apostle of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, charging her to reveal to mankind the favors in store for those practising it, and inspiring her to establish the Holy Hour and the custom of receiving Holy Communion on the first Friday of each month.
Buried in the chapel of Paray.
Feast, 17 October.
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