Quote of the day, 7 February: Venerable Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament

It was not only in what affected her that she showed this trust in God; it was also with regard to sinners: for when she knew that God was angry with some soul with whom he had entrusted her, she went to throw herself at His feet with such confidence in His goodness, that she did not cease to ask Him for mercy, just until she had obtained it. She would say, “O my God, I will not leave you until you grant me their salvation.”

Father Denis Amelote, Cong.Orat.

Chapter 8, no. IX

Venerable Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament (Margaret Perigot, 7 February 1619 – 26 May 1648) was a professed Discalced Carmelite nun of the Carmel of Beaune, France. Orphaned in her early adolescence, her uncle, a priest, entrusted the devout child to the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Beaune. She had a particular devotion to the Infant Jesus and soon discovered that He entrusted her with a particular mission: to make him known as the Little King of Grace. Venerable Margaret died at age 20, but devotion to the Infant Jesus of Beaune and Venerable Margaret continues to this day.

The “Little King of Grace” is a small wooden statue (58 cm tall), painted with hinged joints and vested with beautiful garments from nations worldwide. The statue was offered to Venerable Margaret as a Christmas gift in 1643 by the Baron de Renty, Normand Gaston, as a thank-you for their spiritual friendship. It is likely that the statue of the “Little King of Grace” was sculpted by Baron de Renty as a sign of his devotion to spiritual childhood. During the French Revolution, the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Beaune were expelled from their monastery, just like all of France’s men and women religious. The Carmelites gave their statue to some brave souls, who kept him safe in a wooden cupboard in their home. The Little King was venerated secretly until 28 December 1873, when, at the instigation of the priest of Saint Nicolas parish, a solemn feast in the presence of the bishop of Dijon marked the resumption of the public veneration of the Little King of Grace. We should also underline the importance of Cardinal de Bérulle’s French school of spirituality, which emphasized the Incarnation of Christ. This spirituality—which strongly influenced the Teresian foundations in France—also influenced the Carmel of Beaune and Venerable Margaret. | Image credit: Melina1965 / Flickr (Some rights reserved)

Amelote, D & Le Petit, P 1655, La Vie de soeur Marguerite du S. Sacrement, religieuse carmélite du monastère de Beaune, Pierre Le Petit, Paris.

Translation from the French text is the blogger’s own work product and may not be reproduced without permission.

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