St. Margaret Mary Describes Jesus’ Call to her to Establish Devotion to His Sacred Heart

“He opened to me his Divine Heart in a manner so real and sensible as to be beyond all doubt…. “My Divine Heart,” He said, “is so inflamed with love for men, and for thee in particular that, being unable any longer to contain within Itself the flames of Its burning Charity, It must needs spread them abroad by thy means, and manifests Itself to them (mankind) in order to enrich them with the precious treasures which I discover to thee, and which contain graces of sanctification and salvation necessary to withdraw them from the abyss of perdition.  I have chosen thee as an abyss of unworthiness and ignorance for the accomplishment of this great design, in order that everything may be done by Me."

After this He asked me for my heart, which I begged Him to take. He did so and placed it in His own Adorable Heart where He showed it to me as a little atom which was being consumed in this great furnace, and withdrawing it thence as a burning flame in the form of a heart, He restored it to the place whence He had taken it saying to me:  “See, My well beloved, I give thee a precious token of My love, having enclosed within thy side a little spark of its glowing flames, that it may serve thee for a heart and consume thee to the last moment of thy life….. I have closed the wound in thy side, the pain will always remain. If hitherto, thou hast taken only the name of My slave, I now give thee that of the beloved disciple of My Sacred Heart.”

The First Friday of each month, the above-mentioned grace connected with the pain in my side was renewed in the following manner: The Sacred Heart was represented to me as a resplendent sun, the burning rays of which fell vertically upon my heart, which was inflamed with a fire so fervid that it seemed as if it would reduce me to ashes. It was at these times especially that by Divine Master taught me what He required of me and disclosed to me the secrets of His loving Heart, On one occasion…… Jesus Christ, my sweet Master, presented Himself to me, all resplendent with glory, His Five Wounds shining like so many suns. Flames issued from every part of His Sacred Humanity, especially from His Adorable Bosom, which resembled an open furnace and disclosed to me His most loving and most amiable Heart, which was the living source of these flames. It was then that He made known to me the ineffable marvels of His pure love and showed me to what an excess He had loved men, from whom He received only ingratitude and contempt. ‘I feel this more,’ He said, ‘then all that I suffered during My Passion. If only they would make Me some return for my love, I should think but little of all I have done for them and would wish, were it possible, to suffer still more. But the sole returned they make for all My eagerness to do them good is to reject Me and treat Me with coldness. Do thou at least console me by supplying for their ingratitude, as far as thou art able.…….. In the first place thou shalt receive Me in Holy Communion as often as obedience will permit …… Thou shalt, moreover, communicate on the First Friday of each month. Every night between Thursday and Friday I will make thee share in the mortal sadness which I was pleased to feel in the Garden of Olives, and this sadness, without thy being able to understand it, shall reduce thee to a kind of agony harder to endure then death itself. And in order to bear Me company in the humble prayer that I then offered to My Father, in the midst of My anguish, thou shalt rise between 11 o’clock and midnight, and remain prostrate with Me for an hour, not only to appease the divine anger by begging mercy for sinners, but also to mitigate in some way the bitterness which I felt at that time on finding Myself abandoned by My apostles, which obliged Me to reproach them for not being able to watch one hour with Me.’ (TAoSMM  pp. 53-57)

 

‘Behold this Heart, Which has loved men so much, that It has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify to them It’s love; and in return I received from the greater number nothing but ingratitude by reason of their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt which they show Me in this Sacrament of Love. But what I feel the most keenly is that it is hearts which are consecrated to Me, that treat Me thus. Therefore, I ask of thee that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart, by communicating on that day and making reparation to It by a solemn act, in order to make amends for the indignities which It has received during the time It has been exposed on the altars. I promise thee that My Heart shall expand Itself to shed in abundance the influence of Its divine love upon those who shall thus honor It, and cause It to be honored’ (TAoSMM pp. 95-96)

 

As yet I had been unable to find means to begin the devotion to the Sacred Heart for which alone I lived. The first opportunity which His goodness afforded me occurred on the Feast of St. Margaret which, having fallen on a Friday, I asked our Sister Novices, of whom I then had the charge, that, instead of giving me the little marks of honor which they had intended to offer me on my feast, they should pay them to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To this they willingly agreed, arranging a little altar whereon they placed a small ink etching representing the Divine Heart. We then endeavored to pay It all the homage with which It inspired us.” (TAoSMM  p. 97)

Taken from “The Autobiography of Saint Margaret Mary” published by TAN Books, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012

 

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (written by St. Margaret Mary)

O Sacred Heart of my Lord and Savior Christ, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee,
 

I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all of the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O most merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite goodness, grant that my name be engraved on Thee, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen.

 

Promises of the Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary for Those Who
Honor His Sacred Heart

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
     

  2. I will establish peace in their families.
     

  3. I will comfort them in their trials.
     

  4. I will be their secure refuge during life and, above all, in death.
     

  5. I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
     

  6. Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.
     

  7. Lukewarm souls will become fervent.
     

  8. Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.
     

  9. I will bless every place where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
     

  10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
     

  11. The names of those who promote this devotion will be written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
     

  12. I promised thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be there safe refuge in this last moment.

 

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy.                                                                         

Lord, have mercy.                                                                           

Christ hear us.                                                                                  

God the Father of heaven,                                                              

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,                                                          

God the Holy Spirit,                                                                                          

Holy Trinity, one God,                                                                                      

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,                                                    

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb the Virgin Mother,                  

Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,                          

Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,                                                                 

Heart of Jesus, holy Temple of God,                                                              

Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,                                              

Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,                                    

Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity,                                                  

Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love,                                                   

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,                                                    

Heart of Jesus, wellspring of all virtues,                                                       

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,                                                    

Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,                                              

Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,             

Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells all the fullness of the Divinity,               

Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father is well pleased,                                  

Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received,                            

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,                                              

Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy,                                                     

Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee,                                                  

Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness,                                                      

Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins,                                                         

Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with insults,                                                    

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,                                                       

Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death,                                                  

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,                                                               

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,                                                       

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,                                                      

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,                                               

Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins,                                                                  

Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee,                                

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints,                                                          

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,                 

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,                

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,            

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.         

                                        

 R.  Lord, have mercy.

 R.  Christ, have mercy.

 R.  Lord, have mercy.

R.  Christ graciously hear us.

R.  Have mercy on us.

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     Spare us, O Lord!

Graciously hear us, O Lord!

     Have mercy on us!

 Make our hearts like unto thine.

 Let us pray:  Father, we rejoice in the gifts of love we have received from the heart of Jesus, Your Son. Open our hearts to share his life and continue to bless us with His love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

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Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O my Jesus, You have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of ….(state your petition)….. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I placed all my trust in you!

 

Oh my Jesus, You have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in My Name, He will give it to you.” Behold, in Your Name, I ask the Father for the grace of….(state your petition)….Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.”

 

O my Jesus, You have  said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but My words will not pass away.” Encouraged by Your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…(state your petition)…Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You.

 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for Whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, though the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your tender Mother.

 

 Pray the Hail Holy, Queen (Salve Regina)

 

“St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us!

                                                                                                                  - St. Margaret Mary Alocoque

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