Sr. Judith Clare Phillips: Transcending our Temptations: Advice from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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image: Visionary of the Sacred Heart by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

By Sister Judith Clare Phillips, VHM, Catholic Exchange, October 16, 2020

Sister Judith Clare Phillips, VHM is a member of the Visitation Order founded by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal in Annecy, France in 1610. She resides at her Tyringham, Massachusetts Monastery where she regularly gives talks to the public, along with her twin sister, Sr. Joan Bernadette, on Sacred Heart Spirituality. She has been a contemplative nun for over 36 years.

One good source of inspiration for all vocations and lifestyles is the Letters of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Saint Margaret Mary was a French Visitation nun who received revelations from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  For most of us, this holy nun who lived from 1647—1690 seems a very distant and obscure figure, one of those hagiographical wonders that are so far removed from our present reality as to be almost imaginary.  But reading the letters of anyone puts us in touch with a real-live person who existed in time and felt, thought, suffered, struggled, loved and enjoyed themselves just like we do.  When we read the letters of this holy soul we begin to see her as a human being so much like ourselves and in some ways, so much beyond ourselves.  …

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