She was born in the village of Lhautecour on Monday July 22, 1647 and was named Thursday the 25th of that month. She made her first communion at age nine and sacramental contact of his soul with the Lord, Jesus Christ became her master and stole away her heart. Here’s how she expresses herself: “Oh my only love, what I owe you prevented me from my earliest youth, taking possession of my heart!”
After a childhood of suffering, Margaret Mary crowned her vocation entering the monastery of the Visitation of the Parray Monial. Now her soul is freed from the chains of human freedom to worship and suffer for her beloved Jesus: “I felt my heart full of God, whose conversation was so sweet and often spent three hours with no other movements or feelings of love, without being able to sleep … “
During the monastic life she endures humiliation and mortification, accepting the flowers and the thorns of the Cross, but also resting on the bosom of our Lord: “He made me stand at long on his chest and there God made me discover the wonders of his love and the inexplicable secrets of His Sacred Heart, which I had always kept hidden.”
Jesus gives a spark of love as a token of its flames that closed in the side of Margaret Mary and consume time to the extreme. Her passion cannot be shut down but found only a bit ‘of refreshment in the bloodletting. Jesus warns: “Although I closed the wound in your chest, the pain will remain forever.”
“I could not sleep because the wound was causing me so violent ardor that consumed me and made me burn alive.”
The chest pain was renewed during the first Friday of the month as follows: “The Sacred Heart seemed to me like a sun shining vivid light of the burning rays that hit my heart. I heard him soon ignited a fire that seemed to bring me in ash, and especially at that time was that my teacher told me what God wanted from me and revealed the secrets of this amiable Heart.”
The Lord also gave her a crown of thorns: “Receive, my child, this crown as a sign of what you will soon be time to make them compatible with me … These pins will make you feel so keenly their wounds, which you will need to the full force of my love to bear the pain.” So not including what he meant, but soon I understood the effects that followed: I received two terrible blows on the head, so since then I seem to have it all surrounded by thorns.”
Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque showing his heart shining light, and made the following promises to the devotees of His Heart:
- I will give them all the graces necessary for their state.
- I will bring relief to families who are in difficulties and put peace in divided families.
- I will console them in their affliction.
- I will be their secure refuge during life and at death.
- Pour abundant blessings on all their works.
- Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the ocean of Mercy.
- Tepid souls were keen.
- Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
- I will bless the places where the image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
- To all those who work for the salvation of souls, give them the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
- The names of those who propagate this devotion to my Sacred Heart shall be written in my heart and will not ever be erased.
I promise you in the Mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence. They did not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the sacraments, and my Heart will be their safe refuge in this last moment.
What does Jesus promise?
Jesus explains to his promise in these words: “they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the Holy Sacraments, and in those last moments my heart will be a safe haven for them.”
What the Heart of Jesus promises is that absolutely none of those who have done well the first Friday will die in mortal sin, grant:
a) if he is right, the final perseverance in the state of grace;
b) if he is a sinner, forgiveness of every sin is mortal by means of confession, whether through an act of perfect sorrow.
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