St. Claude de la Colombiere

Claude de la Colombiere was beatified in 1929 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1992.

Claude was born of princely mothers in 1641 in Saint-Symphoriend’Ozon, which is between Lyons and Vienne in France. In 1659, he entered the Society of Jesus. After living the religious being for 15 years, Claude decided to make a vow to live as perfectly as he possibly could, studying faithfully the rule and physiques of his say under the penalty of sin. All who knew him well and lives with him in the monastery attested to the fact that he did this with utmost exactitude.

He last-minute was built superior at the Jesuit house at Paray-le Monial and while there became the spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Being her spiritual director, he naturally developed a penetrating devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He was sent to England in 1676 to be a priest for the Duchess of York and later the Queen of Great Britain. He still maintained his lifestyle as much as possible at the sovereign Court of St. James and continued his missionary work. Although separated from Margaret Mary, he counseled her through written correspondence.

He declined health problems mainly with his throat and lungs, which is frequently justification problems linked to his sermon. While uneasily awaiting a summons back to France, he was arrested as a schemer and incarcerated. Because of his affections with both the Duchess of York and Louis XIV, he was able to escape the death penalty, but was cast into exile. He depleted the last two years of his life at Lyons and died there on February 15, 1682.


Among the writings of St. Colombiere are” Righteous Thinkings ,”” Musings on the Passion ,” and” Retreat and Spiritual Letters .” These were published under the claim, Oeuvres du R.P. Claude de la Colombiere in 1832. St. Colombiere’s remnants were available in the monastery of the Visitation nuns at Paray-le-Monial.


Dear Father in heaven, we adore you and thank you for giving me the profundity of the Jesuits, most especially Saint Colombiere. As confessor and advisor to St. Margaret Mary, he encouraged spiritually in bringing to the world the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For this alone we are sanctified, but we thank you also for the life of St. Colombiere, which he lived so perfectly for Your immortality. May we also seek to live holy beings that are pleasing to You, through Your kindnes. Amen.

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