Sunday, June 14, 2009

Paray le Monial

After Rome, Paray le Monial, in the Bourgogne region of France, is one of my most favorite places on earth. This quiet and quaint little town was the home to my two favorite non-Carmelite saints. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a Visitation Nun, who had several visions of Jesus Christ. Jesus told her that His heart was filled with love for her and that she was to spread the devotion to His Sacred Heart. Her major support was St. Claude la Colombierre (1641-1682), a Jesuit priest, who was her spiritual director.

In the Chapel of the Apparitions at the Visitation Convent, St. Margaret Mary's incorrupt body may be venerated.

Right around the corner from the Shrine of St. Margaret Mary is the Jesuit Church where the relics of St. Claude la Colombierre rest in a glass reliquary.