Reflection: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation sister, lived in France from 1647 to 1690. She promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at a time when there was rebellion both inside the Church in the form of heresy and outside the Church from new Protestant sects. Through Jesus’ revelations to her, St. Margaret Mary recognized the antidote for doctrinal error and confusion: understanding Jesus’ infinite, merciful love for us (as fully as humans can) and freely choosing to love him in return, by doing the will of our Heavenly Father. She wrote of three streams that “flow endlessly” from the heart of Jesus: “mercy for sinners” (leading us to contrition and repentance); “charity which helps all in need,” especially those striving to lead better lives to overcome their difficulties; and “love and light,” so that those who have achieved holiness can most effectively witness to others.
Intentions: Lord God, St. Paul tells us that “for freedom Christ set us free.” We are grateful for the gift of being able to freely follow the Lord and embrace his ways. At this time in our history, we ask you to protect the freedom you have given us so that we can be faithful to your law. Give us the courage to speak up for our religious beliefs, even when those around us do not believe. To those in our society who substitute their will for yours, give them the grace to respect our freedom of conscience and our religious freedom, especially when our beliefs are unpopular. Forgive our nation for tolerating the killing of our innocent brothers and sisters and pour out your healing mercy on us all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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