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Saint Claude de la Colombière, stained glass; Jesuit missionary, ascetical writer, spiritual director to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.

Feast of Saint Claude de la Colombière

(1641 – 1682)

St. Claude de la Colombiere was born to a noble family in France and became a Jesuit priest.  He was known for his solid and serious sermons and his dedication to observing the rule of his order with exactness.  He became the rector of a Jesuit house next to the Monastery of the Visitation where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque lived, who was given special revelations from Jesus of His Sacred Heart.  Claude became St. Margaret Mary’s spiritual director, and, like her, became a zealous promoter of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In 1676 he was sent to England to attend the wife of the future King James II, serving at court as preacher and confessor.  When anti-Catholic persecutions broke out, Claude was falsely accused of being involved in a ‘papist plot’ and was thrown into prison.  While there his health suffered due to mistreatment.  He was preserved from execution and instead banished from England by royal decree.  He returned to his native France, where his fragile health continued to deteriorate until he died a few years later.  The day after his death, St. Margaret Mary received supernatural assurance that he needed no prayers, as he was already in heaven.

His feast day is February 15.

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God is in the midst of us, or rather we are in the midst of him; where we are he sees us and touches us; at prayer, at work, at table at recreation.”

Saint Claude de la Colombière
Saint Claude La Colombière and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope


Saint Claude de la Colombière, apostle of the most sacred heart of jesus, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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