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St. Margaret Series Week 3

Week 3

To recap where we left last week… Sister Margaret gained support for her mission and a spiritual director in Fr. Claude by reminding him that God doesn’t remember our sins once we confess them to a priest in confession, Fr. Claude helped gain the support of her convent AND I promised to tell you the 12 Promises that God revealed to Sister Margaret about His Sacred Heart.   So, let’s get busy, we have a lot of ground to cover! 

Beginning in 1686 Sister Margaret’s convent celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart privately.  Two years later they build a chapel at the convent to honor the Sacred Heart.  Soon, the Feast of the Sacred Heart spread within Sister Margaret’s Order of the Visitation to other convents.  Sister Margaret’s brothers even devoted their lives to promoting the Feast of the Sacred Heart.   In 1689, Our Lord asked Sister Margaret to have King Louis XIV of France dedicate France to Jesus’s Sacred Heart.  

Sister Margaret died on October 17, 1690, at the age of 43.  She suffered greatly before she died.   Her last words were “What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God”, then she died as she said Jesus’ name.  

Sister Margaret’s holiness and her mission were written about and well known by Fr. Claude and his Jesuit (BCW- an order of Catholic Priests and brothers) superiors.    This helped to move the mission of the Sacred Heart forward, which the Church did even though it was skeptical about Sister Margaret’s visitations with Jesus.   Devotion to the Sacred Heart was supported by different religious orders long before Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret and gave her the mission.   Sister Margaret was the only one Jesus personally appeared to and enlisted personally in the army of His Sacred Heart.   That was a clear calling if I have ever heard it! 

Sister Margaret’s tomb was opened in 1830, 140 years after her death.  You would think it would be gross and sad to open someone’s tomb where they were buried after they died.  But it isn’t.   It could be an important part of an investigation into a person becoming a saint.   They would look to see if the person’s body has been ‘corrupted’ (BCW- decayed) or if it had not.  Some saints’ bodies don’t decay, they look like they did on the day they died.   It is said that the body was incorruptible, and it is a blessing God gives to some saints.  Now back to Sister Margaret, when her tomb was opened there were 2 disabled people there, and their disabilities were cured.   In 1864, Sister Margaret was declared Blessed by Pope Pius IX.   These events must have been counted as part of the miracles used to canonize Sister Margaret in 1920.   Her feast day is celebrated on October 17th.  

Now back to The Mission!  The Feast of the Sacred Heart was not approved by the Pope and Rome until 1765.  Only then did Sister Margaret’s home of France celebrate the feast all over the country.  It was only in 1856 when the Feast of the Sacred Heart was given to the church all over the world.   In 1889, acts of consecration (BCW- devotion to)- and of reparation (BCW- feeling sorry for something)- was started all over the world!  Sister Margaret’s Mission had been completed nearly 200 years after her death!   

Well, almost completed.  Remember the request in 1689 to King Louis to consecrate France to The Sacred Heart?  It took 100 years for the kings of France to do what God had asked them to do!  King after king ignored the request.  France paid the price for ignoring God’s request…have you ever heard of the French Revolution?  

Now, to those 12 Promises.  But first, there may be some more BCW’s in the Promises, remember if there are any you don’t understand, ask your parents and you can Google them together.  

Now, to the good stuff.   After long last, here are the 12 Promises I have been talking about for weeks now.   Drum roll, please……. 

Wait, but first, these Promises were given directly by Jesus to Sister Margaret!  I want you to realize how amazing that really is!  That is like… a Snapchat direct from Jesus!  Ah-Mazing!!  Ok, now I think you are ready to hear the Promises…. 

Jesus gives these twelve promises for those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart, for us.

  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 honored.
  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.

 

Grace… peace… refuge… blessings… mercy… to have my name written in God’s Heart never to be removed!!! I want all that!  I am sure you do, too.   Now you may be saying, “How can I receive these 12 Promises”.   I am SO glad you asked.  You must be devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  What does that look like for you?  Do you have to lay on the floor on your tummy with Jesus in the tabernacle at 11 o’clock at night on Thursdays like Sister Margaret did?  I don’t know, maybe, that is between you and God.  There are personal consecrations and a family consecration to the Sacred Heart.   There is a Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart… then there is The Practice of the First Fridays.   

The First Fridays Practice comes from “The Great Promises” that Jesus gave to Sister Margaret.   There is a lot to the First Fridays Practice, but it is not magic, none of the 12 Promises are.  Catholicism is not magic.  The Promises are not something that once you finish God will love you the most because you checked all the boxes, or because you are the best human on the plant.  The Promises were given so that, once you finish, YOU will love God more for having spent more time with Him, getting to know Him by spending more time in His presence.   No magic there, just love flowing in 2 directions.  There are lots of mysteries with God, this is not one of them.   Let me say it again, NO magic, just LOVE!!   

I encourage you to look up The First Friday practice, talk about and consider devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with your family.   It may be tough, but good things usually are and are worth it!   God said so when he sent his Son to be one of us- tough but worth it. 

While you consider it all you, can color this Sacred Heart sheet, count the BCWs and email your questions.   Are you looking forward to what we talk about next week…me too!   You’ll have to tune in to find out what it will be! 

Sacred Heart coloring 4