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St. Margaret Mary’s experience of the eternal love of Christ helps us see that God’s love conquers all evil. In his unconditional love, revealed to us in Christ, we, too, can find the strength to accept the reality of our world and transform its darkness and pain into the love and joy of resurrection. Therefore,

Christ speaks to St. Margaret Mary: "Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this sacrament of love.... I come into the heart I have given you in order that through your fervor you may atone for the offenses which I have received from lukewarm and slothful hearts that dishonor me in the Blessed Sacrament"

The Church has set aside October 16th to celebrate the holy life of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and asks all Catholics to receive Holy Communion in memory of His crucifixion agony on the first Friday of every month with Adoration on the Thursday preceeding..

Sources: EWTN Pacem AmericanCatholic Wikipedia SacredHeartDevotion

Mortification:The thing which makes me uneasy about St Margaret Mary is her constant use of "extreme" mortification. She fasted and went without sleep to the point where she almost died several times; at one point she cut the Name of Jesus across her chest. According to her writings, Jesus sometimes appears to be asking her to take it easy and other times He seems to be encouraging her to damage herself. Her mortifications are similar to what many Saints dating back to Biblical times encouraged and practiced. The object was to tame their bodies from all worldly attachments and become totally and completely obedient to Jesus Christ without reservation or resistence. At least some form of mortification is supported in scripture and in the Catechism ( Mt16:24-25 Ro8:13 CCC2015 ).

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