St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Three streams, one love

St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Sometimes, the voice of a saint echoes clearly to us down through the centuries. As a young adult, I found myself struggling, in the ordinary way of young people, with feeling alienated from God.

In a fit of teenage rebellion, I had told God to get out of my life and leave me alone. Now, entangled in patterns of sin that I was powerless to unravel, I needed God’s help but didn’t know how to get it. I didn’t even know if it was possible.

At this time, I was in the habit of running every evening. Night after night, as the miles slid by, I tried unsuccessfully to reason my way out of the guilt, sorrow, and hopelessness I felt. I would even imagine ways God could miraculously deliver me—even though I was never really confident that he would.

One fragrant May evening as I ran, I passed a Visitation convent whose parking lot was unexpectedly full. Inside, the nuns and their guests were making a novena to the…

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