Saint for the Day - October 17 - St. Hedwige
St. Hedwige, the wife
of Henry, Duke of Silesia, and the mother of his six
children, led a humble, austere, and most holy life
amidst all the pomp of royal state. Devotion to the
Blessed Sacrament was the key-note of her life. Her
valued privilege was to supply the bread and wine
for the Sacred Mysteries, and she would attend each
morning as many Masses as were celebrated. After the
death of her husband she retired to the Cistercian
convent of Trebnitz, where she lived under obedience
to her daughter Gertrude, who was abbess of the
monastery, growing day by day in holiness, till God
called her to Himself, in 1242.
Margaret Mary was born at Terreau in Burgundy, on
the 22d July, 1647. During her infancy she showed a
wonderfully sensitive horror of the very idea of
sin. In 1671 she entered the Order of the
Visitation, at Paray-le-Monial, and was professed
the following year. After purifying her by many
trials, Jesus appeared to her in numerous visions,
displaying to her His Sacred Heart, sometimes
burning as a furnace, and sometimes torn and
bleeding on account of the coldness and sins of men.
In 1675 the great revelation was made to her that
she, in union with Father de la Colombière, of the
Society of Jesus, was to be the chief instrument for
instituting the feast of the Sacred Heart, and for
spreading that devotion throughout the world. She
died on the 17th October, 1690.
Saint for the Day - St. Hedwige
Read about the Saint for today - October 17 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Love for the Sacred Heart
especially honors the
Incarnation, and makes the soul
grow rapidly in humility,
generosity, patience, and union
with its Beloved.
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