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France and the Cult of the Sacred HeartAn Epic Tale for Modern Times$
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Raymond Jonas

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520221369

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520221369.001.0001

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The Sacred Heart Visits The Charollais

The Sacred Heart Visits The Charollais

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France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart

Raymond Jonas

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, a saint who was known for her visions that eventually made her the prophet of France's destiny. It opens with a description of the final preparations for the public display and veneration of a saintly body—that of Alacoque—and the extravagant attention given to the body of the holy dead. The chapter then moves on to describe France during the time of Alacoque, when it was one of the leading Catholic powers of Europe. It mentions the career of the heart as a religious icon in modern times, which was mostly due to the efforts of François de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal. de Sales and de Chantal were the founders of the Visitationist order, the religious order that Alacoque eventually joined.

Keywords:   Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, visions, holy dead, heart, religious icon, Visitationist order

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