St Claude la Colombiere; St Sigfrid; St Walfrid
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St Claude la
This is a special day for the Jesuits, who claim today's saint as one of
their own. It's also a special day for people who have a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of
Jesus a devotion Claude la Colombiere promoted, along with his friend and spiritual companion, St.
Margaret Mary Alacoque. The emphasis on God's love for all was an antidote to the rigorous moralism
of the Jansenists, who were popular at the time.
Claude showed remarkable preaching
skills long before his ordination in 1675. Two months later he was made superior of a small Jesuit
residence in Burgundy. It was there he first encountered Margaret Mary Alacoque. For many years
after he served as her confessor.
He was next sent to England to serve as confessor to the Duchess of York. He
preached by both words and by the example of his holy life, converting a number of Protestants.
Tensions arose against Catholics and Claude, rumored to be part of a plot against the king, was
imprisoned. He was ultimately banished, but by then his health had been ruined.
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