Marie Alacoque took a vow of chastity at age seven, before she knew what
the word meant. As a result of her self-inflicted fasts and penances,
she endured extended illnesses, once remaining bedridden for four years.
entering the convent, she proclaimed to her fellow nuns that God had chosen
her to be a sacrificial victim, and that she would suffer for their sins.
They disliked her intensely.
received frequent visions from Christ. He told her that she was His chosen
instrument to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart. In one of her ecstasies,
she saw Christ tear out His Heart, which was on fire with love for her.
He then split open her chest, took her heart out and pushed it through
the wound in His own chest. As she watched it burning, Christ then gave
it back to her, pressing it into place.
recounted her visions to the convent's priest, who made them public. This
transformed her into a celebrity. When she died, mourners cut of bits
of her clothing as relics. Many miracles were attributed to her after
hundred and seventy-four years later her body was exhumed as part the
beatification process. Her head was completely intact.
Saint Margaret Mary's bones are kept in a wax figurine on display at the
Visitation Monastery in Paray-le-Monial, France. Her heart is kept in
a reliquary inside the cloister, away from public view.