Feast of Saint Claude La Columbiere, SJ

claude la columbiere painting

St. Claude La Columbiere, SJ.

February 15 is the feast of Saint Claude La Columbiere, SJ, a French Jesuit missionary. Saint Claude was sent to England, which by this time was primarily Protestant, where he worked as a preacher and confessor for the Catholics that remained in the country. In November 1678 he was sent to prison where his health would eventually take a turn for the worse. He was released a year later and would spend the remainder of his life as a spiritual director to Jesuit novices. He died on February 15, 1682 at age 41 and was canonized on May 21, 1992.

Below is a prayer written by the saint:

O God, what will you do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, you must give us new hearts,
Tender hearts, sensitive hearts,
To replace hearts that are made of marble and of bronze.

You must give us your own Heart, Jesus.
Come, loveable Heart of Jesus.
Place your Heart deep in the center of our hearts
and enkindle in each heart a flame of love
as strong, as great, as the sum of all the reasons
that I have for loving you, my God.

O holy Heart of Jesus, dwell hidden in my heart,
So that I may live only in you and only for you,
So that, in the end, I may live with you eternally in heaven.

  -St. Claude La Colombiere, SJ, 

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