Thought for the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those Devoted to His Sacred Heart:

Thought for the Day – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary

or those Devoted to His Sacred Heart:

1.   I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2.   I will establish peace in their families.
3.   I will console them in all their troubles.
4.   They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life
and especially at the hour of their death.
5.   I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6.   Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
7.   Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8.   Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9.   I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart
shall be exposed and honoured.
10.  I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names
written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
12.  The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those
who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months
the grace of final repentance;
they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments;
My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

From Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Vision of Jesusthe 12 promises of the sacred heart - 16 oct 2017

Our scientific-materialistic age cannot “prove” private revelations.   Theologians, if pressed, admit that we do not have to believe in them.   But it is impossible to deny the message Margaret Mary heralded:  that God loves us with a passionate love.   Her insistence on reparation and prayer and the reminder of final judgment should be sufficient to ward off superstition and superficiality in devotion to the Sacred Heart while preserving its deep Christian meaning.

St Margaret Mary, Pray for us!st margaret mary pray for us 2


Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorials of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1725-1755)

Quote/s of the Day – 16 October – The Memorials of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) and St Gerard Majella (1725-1755)

“All for the Eucharist
nothing for me.”all for the eucharist - st m m - 16 oct 2017

“Announce it and let it be announced to the whole world,
that I set neither limit nor measure to my gifts of grace,
for those who seek them in my Heart.”
Revelations of Our Lord to St Margaret Mary Alacoqueannounce it and let it be announced - st margaret mary

“The Sacred Heart is the symbol
of that boundless love
which moved the Word to take flesh,
to institute the Holy Eucharist,
to take our sins upon Himself
and, dying on the Cross,
to offer Himself as a victim
and sacrifice to the eternal Father.”the sacred heart is the symbol - st mm - 16 oct 2017

“Let every knee bend before You,
O greatness of my God,
so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.
May every heart love You,
every spirit adore You
and every will be subject to You!

St Margaret Mary Alacoquelet every knee bend before you - st mm 16 oct 2017


“The Most Blessed Sacrament is Christ made visible.
The poor sick person is Christ again made visible.”the most blessed - st gerard - 16 oct 2017

“Who except God can give you peace?
Has the world ever been able
to satisfy the heart?”who except god - st gerard majella - 16 oct 2017

“Consider the shortness of time,
the length of eternity and reflect how everything
here below comes to an end and passes by.
Of what use is it to lean upon that,
which cannot give support? “

St Gerard Majellaconsider - st gerard majella - 16 oct 2017

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NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY FOUR – 16 OCTOBER

NOVENA to St John Paul the Great: DAY FOUR – 16 OCTOBER

Little Known Fact #4:  In his second assignment as a newly ordained priest, Father Karol Wojtyla took a new approach to training altar boys. He would hold frequent evenings of instruction, whereby one priest would give catechesis to the boys while another priest taught the parents educational psychology as well as catechesis in the liturgy.   In addition to these meetings, Father Wojtyla and the other parish priests would take the boys on outings.   This model proved to be a great success as the number of altar boys went from 10 in 1946 to 100 in 1952.

REFLECTION:   ” In the first years of his pontificate, still young and full of energy, the Holy Father went to the very ends of the earth, guided by Christ.   But afterwards, he increasingly entered into the communion of Christ’s sufferings;  increasingly he understood the truth of the words:  “Someone else will fasten a belt around you.”   And in this very communion with the suffering Lord, tirelessly and with renewed intensity, he proclaimed the Gospel, the mystery of that love which goes to the end (cf Jn 13:1).” – Pope Benedictday four - novena to st john paul - 16 oct 2017

Let us Pray:

O Holy Trinity, we thank You for having given to the Church Pope John Paul II and for having made him shine with Your fatherly tenderness, the glory of the Cross of Christand the splendour of the Spirit of love.

He, trusting completely in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us the way of holiness as the path to reach eternal communion with You Grant us, through his intercession, according to Your will, the grace that we implore,

………………….. [state your intention here].

Continue, beloved St John Paul, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God’s people. We praise and thank You Father that St John Paul has been numbered among Your saints and make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Totus Tuus, Amen

Quote Day Four:  “A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members;  and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying.”a society will be judged - st john paul 16 oct 2017

Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SACRED and IMMACULATE HEARTS, SAINT of the DAY, Uncategorized

One Minute Reflection – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

One Minute Reflection – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.….Philippians 2:12-13

REFLECTION – “Let us begin in earnest to work out our salvation, for no one will do it for us, since even He Himself, Who made us without ourselves, will not save us without ourselves!”…..St Margaret Mary Alacoquelet us begin in earnest - st margaret mary - 16 october 2017

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ, You wondrously revealed all of the deep treasures of Your Heart to St Margaret Mary. May her merits and example win us the grace to love You above all things and in all things so that we may make our abode in Your own Sacred Heart.   St Margaret Mary, pray for us that we may live in the Sacred Heart of Christ our Lord.   Through You, Lord Jesus, who live and reign forever, in union with God our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, margaret mary - pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Our Morning Offering – 16 October – The Memorial of St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

By St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Hail, Heart of Jesus, save me!
Hail, Heart of my Creator, perfect me!
Hail, Heart of my Saviour, deliver me!
Hail, Heart of my Judge, grant me pardon!
Hail, Heart of my Father, govern me!
Hail, Heart of my Spouse, grant me love!
Hail, Heart of my Master, teach me!
Hail, Heart of my King, be my crown!
Hail, Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me!
Hail, Heart of my Shepherd, guard me!
Hail, Heart of my Friend, comfort me!
Hail, Heart of my Brother, stay with me!
Hail, Heart of the Child Jesus, draw me to Yourself!
Hail, Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross, redeem me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus in all Your states, give Yourself to me!
Hail, Heart of incomparable goodness, have mercy on me!
Hail, Heart of splendour, shine within me!
Hail, most loving Heart, inflame me!
Hail, most merciful Heart, work within me!
Hail, most humble Heart, dwell within me!
Hail, most patient Heart, support me!
Hail, most faithful Heart, be my reward!
Hail, most admirable and most worthy Heart, bless me!  Amena salutation to the sacred heart - st margaret mary alacoque - 16 oct 2017


Saint of the Day – 16 October – St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) V.H.M.

Saint of the Day – 16 October – St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) V.H.M. Virgin, Nun, Mystic, Saint and Apostle of the Sacred Heart.  Born Marguerite-Marie Alacoque on 22 July 1647 at L’Hautecourt, Burgundy, France – 17 October 1690 of natural causes.   Patronages – against polio, against the death of parents, devotees of the Sacred Heart, polio patients.   She was Beatified on 18 September 1864 by Pope Blessed Pius IX and Canonised on 13 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.   When her tomb was canonically opened in July 1830, two instantaneous cures were recorded to have taken place.   Her incorrupt body rests above the side altar in the Chapel of the Apparitions, located at the Visitation Monastery in Paray-le-Monial and many striking blessings have been claimed by pilgrims attracted there from all parts of the world.SacretHeart-fcp-atp BESTchapel-of-the-apparitionsst mm shrine

She was born in 1647 AD at Janots, a small town of Burgundy, the fifth of seven children, of Claude and Philiberte Alacoque.    Her father was a prosperous notary;  the family owned a country house and farmland and had some aristocratic connections.   Margaret’s godmother was a neighbour, the Countess of Corcheval.    As a small child Margaret spent a great deal of time with her but these visits were brought to a sudden end by the death of the countess.   The father died of pneumonia when Margaret was about eight and this was another severe shock to her.   Claude had loved his family dearly but had been short-sighted and extravagant and his death put them in hard straits.   However, Margaret was sent to school with the Urbanist Sisters at Charolles.   She loved the peace and order of the convent life and the nuns were so impressed by her devotion that she was allowed to make her First Communion at the age of nine (normally around the age of 12 at that time).   A rheumatic affliction kept her bedridden for four years.   During that time she was brought home, where some of her father’s relatives had moved in and taken over the direction of the farm and household.   She and her mother were treated almost as servants.  This painful situation grew more acute after Margaret’s recovery, for the relatives tried to regulate all her comings and goings.   Not allowed to attend church as often as she pleased, the young girl was sometimes seen weeping and praying in a corner of the garden.   It grieved her deeply that she could not ease things for her mother.   Her eldest brother’s coming of age saved the day, for the property now reverted to him and the family again had undisputed possession of their home.

Philiberte had expressed a hope that Margaret would marry;  the girl considered this but at the age of twenty, inspired by a vision, she put aside all such thoughts and resolved to enter a convent.   While awaiting admission, she tried to help and teach certain neglected children of the village.   At twenty-two she made her profession at the convent of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial.   The nuns of the Order of the Visitation, founded in the early years of the seventeenth century by St. Francis de Sales, were famed for their humility and selflessness.   As a novice Margaret excelled in these virtues.   When she made her profession, the name of Mary was added and she was called Margaret Mary. She began a course of mortifications and penances which were to continue, with more or less intensity, as long as she lived.   We are told that she was assigned to the infirmary and was not very skillful at her tasks.

Some years passed quietly in the convent and then Margaret Mary began to have experiences which seemed to be of supernatural origin.   The first of these occurred on 27 December 1673, when she was kneeling at the grille in the chapel.   She felt suffused by the Divine Presence and heard the Lord inviting her to take the place which St John had occupied at the Last Supper.   The Lord told her that the love of His heart must spread and manifest itself to men and He would reveal its graces through her.   This was the beginning of a series of revelations covering a period of eighteen months.  When Margaret Mary went to the Superior, Mother de Saumaise, with an account of these mystical experiences, claiming that she, an humble nun, had been chosen as the transmitter of a new devotion to the Sacred Heart, she was reprimanded for her presumption.   Seriously overwrought, Margaret Mary suffered a collapse and became very ill.   The Mother Superior reflected that she might have erred in scorning the nun’s story and vowed that if her life were spared, she would take it as a sign that the visions and messages were truly from God.   When Margaret Mary recovered, the Superior invited some theologians who happened to be in the town—they included a Jesuit and a Benedictine—to hear the story.   These priests listened and judged the young nun to be a victim of delusions.   Their examination had been a sheer torture to Margaret Mary. Later a Jesuit, Father Claude de la Columbiere, talked to her and was completely convinced of the genuineness of the revelations.   He was to write of the nun and to inaugurate this devotion in England.

For many years, Margaret Mary suffered from despair, from self-inflicted punishments and also from the slights and contempt of those around her.    In 1681, Father Claude returned to the convent and died there the following year.   Margaret Mary was appointed assistant and novice-mistress by a new Mother Superior who was more sympathetic towards her.   In 1683, opposition in the community ended after an account of Margaret Mary’s visions was read aloud in the refectory from the writings left by Father Claude, who had taken it upon himself to make known to the world the nun’s remarkable experiences.    Mother Melin was elected Superior and named Margaret Mary her assistant.   That she was finally vindicated was to her a matter of indifference. She later became Novice Mistress, saw the convent observe the feast of the Sacred Heart privately beginning in 1686 and two years later, a chapel was built at the Paray-le-Monial to honour the Sacred Heart;  soon observation of the feast of the Sacred Heart spread to other Visitation convents.   When she was forty-three, while serving a second term as assistant superior, Margaret Mary fell ill.   Sinking rapidly, she received the Last Sacraments, saying, “I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.” Margaret Mary died at the Paray-le-Monial on October 17, 1690.   Margaret Mary was canonised a saint in 1920.    She, St John Eudes, and St Claude La Colombiere are called the “Saints of the Sacred Heart”;  the devotion was officially recognised and approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765, seventy-five years after her death.

In seventeenth-century France, the faith of the people had been badly shaken;  there had been rebellion against the Church and neglect of its teachings; the rise of Protestantism and the spread of the heresy of Jansenism both had a part in the weakening of the structure built up through the ages.   But as every threat brings its response, so now there rose up fresh, strong forces to counter these trends.   Three famous religious, who are today venerated as saints, were particularly effective:  Saint John Eudes and StClaude de la Columbiere were French Jesuit priests and writers;   Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was a simple nun of the order of the Visitation.   Their special work was to popularise the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Although the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was practiced before this time, it now gained a strong new impetus through the work of Father John Eudes and the writings of Father Claude.   “The Sacred Heart is the symbol of that boundless love which moved the Word to take flesh, to institute the Holy Eucharist, to take our sins upon Himself and, dying on the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and sacrifice to the eternal Father.”

The devotion to the Sacred Heart first became popular in France, then spread to Poland and other countries.   The first petition to the Holy See for the institution of the feast was from Queen Mary, consort of James II of England.   The month of June is appointed for this devotion and since 1929 the feast has been one of the highest rank and is celebrated on the Friday after the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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Memorials of the Saints – 16 October

St Hedwig of Andechs (Optional Memorial)
St Margaret Mary Alacoque (Optional Memorial) –

St Amandus of Limoges
St Ambrose of Cahors
Bl Anicet Koplinski
Bl Augustine Thevarparampil
St Balderic
St Baldwin
St Bertrand of Comminges
St Bolonia
St Conogon of Quimper
St Dulcidius of Agen
St Eliphius of Toul
St Eremberta of Wierre
St Florentinus of Trier
St Gall
St Gerard Majella
Bl Gerald of Fossanuova
Bl Jesús Villaverde Andrés
Bl Józef Jankowski
St Junian
St Lull
St Magnobodus of Angers
St Marguerite d’Youville
St Martinian of Mauretania
St Mummolinus
St Saturian of Mauretania
St Silvanus of Ahun
St Victor of Cologne
St Vitalis of Noirmoutier

Martyrs in Africa – 220 saints: A group of 220 Christians martyrs about whom we know nothing but that they died for their faith.

Martyrs of North Africa – 365 saints: A group of 365 Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of the Vandal king Genseric. The only details that have survived are the names of two of the martyrs – Nereus and Saturninus. 450 in North Africa.