St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Second Revelation (1674-06-??)
The exact date of the second revelation to Margaret Mary is not known. Supposedly, it was on the first Friday of the June, when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for octave of Corpus Christi.
Jesus's loving Heart, the living source of flames
Once when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, my soul being adsorbed in extraordinary recollection, Jesus Christ, my sweet Master, presented Himself to me. He was brilliant with glory; His five wounds shone like five suns. Flames darted forth from all parts of His sacred humanity, but especially from His adorable breast, which resembled a furnace, and which, opening, displayed to me His loving and amiable Heart, the living source of these flames.
Our Lord wishes return of human love
In the first revelation Our Lord was an intimate friend, tender Father, who attempted to save children. Now He is the outraged Spouse, the unacknowledged King about to demand reparation. Fearful Margaret Mary, trembling with emotion, was contemplating Him.
He unfolded to me the inexplicable wonders of His pure love, and to what an excess He had carried it for the love of men, from whom He had received only ingratitude.
“This is much more painful to Me than all I suffered in My Passion. If men rendered Me some return of love, I should esteem little all I have done for them, and should wish, if such could be, to suffer it over again; but they meet My eager love with coldness and rebuffs. Do you, at least console and rejoice Me, by supplying as much as you can for their ingratitude.”
Our Lord was asking this humble sister to get the human love for Him. How? To make known to the world devotion to His loving Heart. This devotion would be consolation to His suffering Heart and expiation for all the crimes of the world.
Margaret felt herself so insufficient for such a mission and tried to excuse herself from it.
Margaret Mary was unable to bear this burning flame and implored Jesus to have pity on her weakness.
“Fear nothing, I shall be thy strength. Listen only to what I desire of thee to prepare thee for the accomplishment of My designs.”
Our Lord asked two things of her:
During all this time, I was unconscious, I knew not where I was. Some of the Sisters came to take me away, and seeing that I could neither reply nor support myself on my feet, they led me to our Mother, who found me quite out of myself, trembling and as if on fire.
When Margaret Mary told her what had just happened, Mother de Saumaise humbled her as deeply as she could.
Which gave me extreme pleasure, caused me inconceivable joy, for I felt myself such a criminal, I was filled with such confusion, that, however rigorous might be the treatment bestowed upon me, it would still have seemed to me too lenient.
The fire that devoured me brought on continual fever; but I rejoiced too much in suffering to complain of it. I never spoke of it but when my strength was completely gone. Never have I felt so much consolation.
My whole body was racked by extreme pain, and this relieved a little the parching thirst I felt to suffer. This devouring fire could neither be fed nor satisfied but with the wood of the cross; namely, with contempt of all kinds, humiliations, and pains. Never was my bodily suffering equal to what I experienced from not suffering enough. The sisters thought I would surely die.
Saint Margaret Mary had sixty consecutive fevers that resisted every remedy employed by doctor. Superioress very much perplexed, at last resorted to the following expedient. She commanded apparently dying Sister in the name of obedience to ask her restoration of God. She added that would recognize this restoration as a sign of the supernatural character of all that had taken place in her regard. She would then, she said, permit her to make the Communion of the first Friday of every month, and the hour's prayer during the night between Thursday and Friday.
Margaret experienced strong dislike to asking a termination of her sufferings, fearing, she said, "to be heard." But at the word obedience, she no longer hesitated. She just uttered a short prayer and her fever fell, her pulse beat less rapidly, and the doctor pronounced her cured. From that day the Sisters remarked a total change in her health.
Mother de Saumaise granted Margaret Mary the permission to observe the first Friday of the month, and to rise on the night between Thursday and Friday for Holy Hour.
This cure, which looked like a miracle and while perhaps was one, caused Superioress to reflect most seriously on the propriety of acknowledging the incontestable sanctity of Sister Margaret. In great embarrassement she decided to consult others, "learned people".
Alas, her conferences led to the conclusion that in Margaret Mary's case there was much imagination, a little natural temperament, and perhaps even some illusion of the evil spirit, so skilfully disguised that the good Sister could not perceive it.
Condemned by her Superiors and confessors, the poor Sister did not know which way to turn.
I made every effort to resist my interior attractions, believing that I was assuredly in error. But I could not succeed. I no longer doubted that I was abandoned, since I was told that it was not the Spirit of God that governed me; and yet it was impossible for me to resist the Spirit that moved me.
Once, praying and complaining at the feet of her Lord, poor Sister seems to hear a voice saying to her: "Have patience, and await My servant." She didn't know what those words mean, but felt assurance that God would help her.
And soon at Paray arrived religious of the Society of Jesus, Father Claude de la Colombiere.
Some time passed and Father de la Colombiere having been deputed to hear the confessions of the Community. He detained Margaret Mary a long time, and even offered to see her again the next day. But she hardly want to open her heart.
Although I knew that it was the will of God for me to speak to him, yet I felt extreme repugnance to answering his summons.
Finally, Sister confided to him the secrets of her heart. It was a very long talk. Margarita Mary came back consoled and enlightened.
He assured me that there was nothing to be feared in the guidance of this Spirit, inasmuch as it did not withdraw me from obedience; that I ought to follow its movements, and abandon my whole being to it, to be sacrificed and immolated according to its good pleasure. He admired the great goodness of our God in not withdrawing His favors in the face of so much resistance, taught me to esteem the gifts of God and to receive with respect and humility the frequent communications and familiar entertainments with which He favored me.
The Father added that my thanksgiving for so great goodness ought to be continual. When I had told him that my soul was pursued so closely by the Sovereign Goodness without regard to time or place, that I could not pray vocally without doing myself violence so great that I sometimes remained with my mouth open unable to pronounce a word, and that this happened particularly whilst saying the Rosary, he told me to make such efforts no more, and to confine myself to my vocal prayers of obligation.
When I told him something of the special caresses and loving union of soul I received from my Well-beloved and which I cannot describe here, he replied that I had great reason to humble myself, and to admire with him the wonderful mercy of God in my regard.
Father de la Colombiere did not leave his work unfinished. He will be at Paray again at the decisive moment of the third revelation, when he will once more sustain and enlighten the Sister. He will be the first to prostrate with Margaret Mary and together with her consecrate themself to the Sacred Heart.