Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
Paray le Monial, France
Paray le Monial is a beautiful, quiet
town nestled in the center of France.
But the power that emanates from this
town is pure Holy Spirit. You can still
feel the presence of our Lord Jesus.
For it is here that our Lord appeared to
a nun over a period of seventeen years.
He brought His faithful message of Love
to an unfaithful people who had grown
cold. Here, He once again spoke of that
tremendous Love of His to become man and
suffer death, even death on the cross.
Saint Margaret Mary
Alacoque was a Visitation nun from
1671 to 1690. Our Lord appeared to her
many times, in the Chapel of the
Visitation in Paray le Monial. Not only
have these revelations from our Lord
Jesus been accepted by the Church, but
because of the virtuous, selfless life
of this nun, she was raised to the
Communion of Saints in 1920.
Over a period of seventeen years, our
Lord Jesus shared this mandate with her:
He desired the faithful to come to the
foot of the altar. He promised that
great graces would be poured out from
His Sacred Heart. He told her that from
the moment the Angels proclaimed His
incarnation to His triumph of the Cross,
His heart suffered constantly because of
the sins of men, those that had been
committed from the beginning of time and
would be until the end of time.
His greatest wound He said,
was apathy, the lack of respect for the
Blessed Sacrament, His Body and Blood.
For that reason, He wanted a devotion to
His Sacred Heart which He directed Saint
Margaret Mary to have instituted.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
was born in Charolles, twenty miles
outside of Paray le Monial on July 25,
1647. Little did her family know when
she was born how powerfully the Lord
would use her, one day, nor did they
have any idea that she would be the
instrument He would use to bring about
devotion to His Sacred Heart and the
nine first Fridays.
Saint Margaret Mary
Alacoque was devoted to our Lord
Jesus, all of her life. She spent much
time under the influence of her
godmother who taught her about her
faith. At four and a half years old she
made a vow of perpetual virginity, in
front of a statue of our Lady, in her
godmother's garden. Her parish church,
too far to visit each day, she would
spend long hours in the woods, on her
knees adoring our Lord Jesus Who was
present in the Blessed Sacrament in her
Our Lord Jesus was not easy on Margaret
Mary. He did not hesitate to discipline
her when the occasion would arise.
Those He loves, He chastises. She was
to know that with the gifts, comes the
price. To whom much is given, much is
required. Once, when she was a
teenager, she took part in a masquerade,
during a carnival. Jesus appeared to
her scourged from head to toe, ropes
painfully rubbing against His Hands. He
told her that her vanity was the reason
He suffered those wounds.
family was unflinchingly opposed to her
joining a religious community.
Therefore, she had to teach catechism
secretly. Her brother ridiculed her, in
public, whenever he caught her
teaching. After much struggle, she
finally walked through the doors of the
convent of the Visitation sisters of
Paray le Monial on June the 20th, 1671
to begin her life as a religious.
took her vows a year later on November
the 6, 1672.
During her ten day retreat, in
preparation for the ceremony, Margaret
Mary was praying in the garden of the
convent when our Lord Jesus appeared to
her. He spoke gently, softly, revealing
to her the mystery of His Passion. It
was the beginning of a very intimate
relationship between Margaret Mary and
her Lord Jesus. He was preparing her
for what He had in store for her.
the vigil of the Feast of the
Visitation, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was in choir
with the rest of the nuns. They were
singing Te Deum ("to You, God"-one of
the most famous hymns in our Church-one
of thanksgiving to our Lord, a solemn
invocation for a blessing and a
profession of faith) Margaret Mary had
lost her voice and couldn't sing with
them. All at once, the baby Jesus
appeared in her arms; her voice returned
and she sang with the rest of the Nuns,
in glory of our Lord.
Jesus asked Margaret Mary to make a holy
hour. One Thursday evening, as she
prostrated herself on the floor from
eleven to midnight, our Lord allowed her
to share, with Him, His agony in the
garden of Gethsemane.
In the life of every Saint, you will
find the Blessed Mother. Once when
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was seriously ill, her
superior ordered her to pray to the
Blessed Virgin to intercede with the
Lord for a healing. Our Lady,
accompanied by Angels, appeared to
Margaret Mary and she was healed of
On another occasion, with
other Nuns present in the convent
garden, Margaret Mary had a vision of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus surrounded by
Seraphic Angels. The Angels made a pact
with Margaret Mary at that time: they
would suffer in her, she in turn would
rejoice in them. To remember this, the
garden was renamed Yard of the Seraphim.
the Miracle of the Eucharist of Lanciano,
the Host turned into a Human Heart.
Therefore, it is only fitting that, one
day, at the very moment Margaret Mary
received Holy Communion from Father
Claude Colombiere, the Sacred Heart of
Jesus united itself forever with her own
heart and that of Father Claude. Father
Claude later became her spiritual
director and confessor. He has been
beatified and his shrine is in a church
a few blocks from the church of the