Live + Jesus!
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was born in France on July 22, 1647. Little did her parents know that she would be chosen by God to make known to the world His great love for us flowing from the Heart of His Son. At 24 years of age she entered the Visitation Monastery of Paray-le-Monial. She knew deep in her heart that Jesus was intimately inviting her to a union of hearts with His in this Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. Through the revelations made to Saint Margaret Mary, Our Lord has entrusted His Sacred Heart to our Order in a special way. As “Daughters of His Sacred Heart”, our riches are the virtues of His gentleness, humility and simplicity that flow from His Heart into ours.
Margaret Mary had a great desire for prayer, especially before the Blessed Sacrament. She would go before the Lord as a blank canvas, asking Him to depict whatever He wished to create in her life. She would ask Him to imprint in her heart His virtues, so she could “Live Jesus” in all that she said and did. She took to heart the words of Jesus, “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart” and tried to live these little virtues faithfully with great love.
On December 27, 1673, Margaret Mary received her first apparition. At this time her mission to reveal the love of Jesus to the world was made known to her. Jesus appeared to her and said, “I cannot hide the flames of my burning love for all people and for you, through you I must share my love and make it known.” We know that through great faith and suffering, Margaret Mary fulfilled this mission and today her mission is still being carried out by many who receive an abundance of graces flowing from the Heart of Jesus.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was given an extraordinary mission, but, perhaps, we can ask ourselves, how can we in ordinary ways carry out this mission?
We, too, can go before the Lord in prayer as a canvas asking Him to imprint in our hearts and souls His loving virtues with which we can touch the hearts and lives of others. Prayer is lifting up our minds and hearts to God …… living the fruit of prayer is lifting up our minds and hearts to others.
Let us imitate Saint Margaret Mary in her great love for cherished moments in prayer; let us also strive to make known to those with whom we are in contact the incomparable love of Jesus for each one of us and to imitate that love as we daily strive to LIVE JESUS!
“This Sacred Heart will shower abundantly the treasures of His sanctifying grace on those who accept Him and place themselves under His protection.” Saint Margaret Mary
GOD BE PRAISED !