Friday, February 15, 2008

Notes on the Memorial of St. Claude La Colombière.

In the Jesuit ordo, today is the Memorial of St. Claude La Colombière, a 17th-century Jesuit who spent most of his life in the Society as a spiritual director to religious women. Together with one of his directees, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Claude played a key role in establishing and promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Rather than repeat anything else that I wrote in last year's post on St. Claude La Colombière, I'll merely suggest that you visit the website of the Apostleship of Prayer. Continuing the ministry of prayer begun by St. Claude La Colombière and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the Apostleship of Prayer is perhaps one of the most popular Jesuit apostolates even if it is also one of the least visible. I won't say anything more about it than that, because I want to encourage you to visit the website and see for yourself.

On another note, I'll be praying in a special way today for the aged and infirm Jesuits residing at the Colombiere Center, where I spent part of my hospital experiment as a novice. I invite you to join me in giving thanks to God for the ministry of these men, who pray daily for the needs of the Church and the Society of Jesus. AMDG.


At 2/16/2008 9:24 PM, Blogger Joseph Fromm said...

Thank you for another post that teaches and speaks truth.

One of Jesus' "Twelve Promises" is "I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts."

When you become a priest may your and Christ's heart beat as one. Let those who hear you and see you, see but just one heart.

Joseph Fromm

At 2/17/2008 5:52 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for pointing us to St. Colombiere. I am familiar with and much appreciative of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque but (blushing) did not know St. Colombiere.

On a slightly different note, I like to think of places like the Jesuit Colombiere Center as "Wisdom Centers" and I am very grateful for all those residing in our Wisdom Centers, for their lives and ministries throughout the years, and their continued apostolates of prayer and witness.


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