St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

10-17 St Margaret-Mary-AlacoqueMargaret Mary Alocoque was born at Verosvres in the diocese of Autun in 1647. When only three years old she already had the greatest fear of the smallest sin. Indeed, the very word “sin” frightened her exceedingly. And before she was quite four years of age, without anyone suggesting them to her, she clearly pronounced the words, “O my God, I consecrate my purity to Thee, for my whole life: I vow to Thee perpetual chastity.”

Even as a mere tot she loved Jesus and Mary above all things; and as soon as she had learned to say the rosary, she recited it every day. Some time after she had made her First Holy Communion, God sent her a grievous sickness that lasted four years. The Margaret had recourse to Our Lady. She promised that if that dear Mother would cure her she would become a Sister. Scarcely had she uttered the words, when she was cured. After some hesitation she entered the Order of the Visitation of Paray-le-Monial at the age of twenty-three. The Sacred Heart of Jesus manifested itself to her several times; through her He willed to make this devotion known to the world. She died October 7, 1690. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XV on Ascenion Thursday, May 13, 1920. Pius XI extended her feast to the whole Church on June 28, 1929.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

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St. Hedwig

10-16 St HedwigSt. Hedwig, of royal origin, on the death of her husband, Duke Henry of Poland, retired into a Cistercian monastery, where she lived under obedience to one of her daughters, who was abbess of the monastery, growing day by day in holiness till Almighty God called her to Himself, October 14, 1243. St. Hedwig fasted and prayed and took the discipline; she heard several Masses daily and distributed alms with great generosity. She was canonized twenty years later by Pope Clement IV.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

St. Teresa of Avila

10-15 St Teresa of AvilaSt. Teresa, the foundress of the Discalced Carmelites, was born at Avila in Spain, 1515. She was called to reform her Order, favored with distinct commands from Our Lord, and her heart was pierced with divine love; but dreading delusion she acted only under obedience to her confessors, which made her strong and safe. Her heavenly Spouse called her to Himself, October 4, 1582. By the alteration of the calendar, then taking place, the next day was reckoned the fifteenth of the month, and in due course was assigned for the keeping of the feast. In the Collect we have the only example in the whole Liturgy of a reference to a woman entrusted with the office of teaching and feeding the faithful.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)