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𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲: 𝐀 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟔 • 𝐒𝐭. 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐀𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐪𝐮𝐞
𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the love of God symbolized by the heart of Jesus.
During the next 13 months, Christ appeared to her at intervals. His human heart was to be the symbol of his divine-human love. By her own love Margaret Mary was to make up for the coldness and ingratitude of the world—by frequent and loving Holy Communion, especially on the first Friday of each month, and by an hour’s vigil of prayer every Thursday night in memory of his agony and isolation in Gethsemane. He also asked that a feast of reparation be instituted.
Like all saints, Margaret Mary had to pay for her gift of holiness. Some of her own sisters were hostile. Theologians who were called in declared her visions delusions and suggested that she eat more heartily. Later, parents of children she taught called her an impostor, an unorthodox innovator. A new confessor, the Jesuit Claude de la Colombière, recognized her genuineness and supported her. Against her great resistance, Christ called her to be a sacrificial victim for the shortcomings of her own sisters, and to make this known.
𝘖 𝘚𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘺, 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴, 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘴; 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘔𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳.