Saint Claude de la Colombiere, S.J.
Claude de la Colombiere was a Roman Catholic priest and the confessor of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.
At the age of 17, in the city of Avignon, Claude became a novice to the Jesuits.
In 1660, he makes his first vows and, at the same time, completes a course in philosophy at the college of Avignon. He is retained as a professor at this college for the next 5 years.
In 1666, Claude entered the Clermont College in Paris to study theology. In addition, his Parisian Jesuit authorities instructs him to teach the children of the Minister of Finance of Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Colbert.
After receiving a theological education in Paris and becoming a priest, Claude moved to Lyon, where he taught at the college and preached in several congregations. At this time, he gains fame as a preacher.
In 1674 Claude became Chief Jesuit at Paray-le-Monial. There he is the confessor of St. Marguerite Maria Alakok. After communicating with Marguerite Maria and studying the stories of her revelations, Claude comes to the conclusion that they are true. Since then, he has become an ardent supporter of the worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
On Friday, June 21, 1675, Sister Marguerite Maria Alacoque and Father Claude de la Colombière solemnly consecrated themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus [L.Wheaton, The Pearl of Paray in Catholic world, Vol.111 by Paulist Fathers].
In 1676, Claude was sent to London to be a preacher to Mary of Modena, the future Queen of England (1685-1688). The London climate is unsuitable for Claude, he develops a serious lung disease. In addition, he is imprisoned for three weeks (where health conditions were very poor) on suspicion of participating in a conspiracy and then, by order of the King of England, he is sent back to France.
In the summer of 1681, completely ill, Claude returns to Paray-le-Monial. On February 15, 1682, the first Sunday of Great Lent, he dies.
On June 16, 1929, Pope Pius XI beatified Claude de la Colombière.