Posted by: fvbcdm | August 5, 2012

Feast of Saint Lydia Purpuraria (3 August 2012)

Today is the first Friday of the month of August, and therefore a day specially dedicated to our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Why is that?  Because in the 17th century, Our Lord appeared repeatedly to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Sister of the Visitation, in their convent in the town of Paray-le-Monial in France. During one of those apparitions, he asked her to propagate devotion throughout the world to his Sacred Heart, and that the first Friday of each month be dedicated to that devotion in a special way.  

Just around the corner from that Visitation convent, there was a religious house of Jesuit priests, and one of its members was the young priest, now canonized, by the name of Claud de la Colombiere.  In the providence of God, he became the confessor of Saint Margaret Mary.  Together, these two did a tremendous amount of good in making known to the entire Church the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

One day, when Margaret Mary was suffering from doubts, fears, and internal troubles, Our Lord said to her: “Margaret Mary, why are you so distressed? Remember: I know all things; I can do all things, and I love you.  What more assurance could you have?”  Think often of those words of Our Lord, my dear friends.  They are full of light, of peace, and of joy.  They reflect the very similar words of Saint Teresa of Avila, who once said, “Teresa by herself can accomplish nothing.  But Teresa and Jesus, together, can accomplish whatever God wants.” Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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