Pere Francois d’Aix de la Chaise, Confessor of King Louis XIV, was born at the mansion of Aix, in Forez. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Roanne in 1649 after teaching the humanities and philosophy.
He became the confessor to Louis XIV in1675, succeeding the deceased Father Ferrier, and filled this influential but extremely delicate position consciencously for 34 years.
King Louis had mistresses and many illegitimate children.
King Louis XIV was the King of France who was to receive the messages of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and consecrate the country to the Sacred Heart. His birth had been foretold in an apparition of Our Lady (details on this web site)
Father La Chaise used all his influence to put an end to the king’s illicit relations with a Madam Montespan and finally succeeded, with the help of Madame de Maintenon, in breaking the liason. During the king’s time of ‘mistressing’, Twice Father LeChaise found himself sick on Easter when it came time for the King’s confession. He was compassionate and kindly and patient.
He finally, after Queen Maria’s death, in 1683, advised the king’s marriage to Madame de Mainetnon, through whose influence the king and the whole court of Versailles underwent a wholesome change.
The messages of the Sacred Heart, according to Fr. Guitton, S.J. who wrote on the matter in the Revue d’Ascetique et de Mystique (July-Sept. 1958) with near certainly were never relayed by Father de la Chaize to the King, as St. Margaret Mary had requested in her letter, which told of what God wanted for the world through France.
Whatever consecrations may have been made were done only privately and did not fulfill the required conditions. Fr. de la Chaize’s reasons are still not clear, but he acted deliberatly, perhaps for lack of authorization from the Father General of the Society of Jesus. The General, Fr. Thyrsus Gonzalez de Santalla, was known to be formally hostile to the devotion, for he censured and banished the saint’s director, Father Croiset, for having written an account of the revelations.
The tradition of the French Visitation nuns holds it for certain that Louis XIV did nevertheless learn of the desires of the Sacred Heart through other sources. One was England’s dethroned Queen Maria Beatrice, who had taken refuge with the nuns in France. Louis XIV was already practicing the devotion as preached by St. John Eudes, to who he had allocated 2,000 pounds for Frances first chapel to be dedicated to the Sacred Heart.
Undoubtedly Father Le Chaize would have submitted St. Margaret Mary’s requests to his spiritual Director for approval, with a view to acting on them, but evidently the response was negative and he obeyed his director.
Thus, in strict justice the King must be absolved of personal blame for the consequences, which proved to be not only disastrous for France, but for the whole world. We suffer them today.
The divine communications had been directed to Louis XIV’s person, but not to him as an individual. They were addressed to the King, who ruled the nation and represented it (France). Had this been the case the extraordinary means used (the flag, the painting of the image on the standards and the arms ) would have been entirely disproportionate. These requests are given below in bold) It was Louis as King who was addressed. Father Bainvel, theologian of the Sacred Heart writes:
The three objects of the message: the church, the consecration, the flag are by their very nature national, durabable and perpetual; the triumph over the enemies of God and the Church resulting from the accomplishment of the message, is even more national, inasmuch as it involves the whole future of France and her providential Catholic mission, her vocation and her raison d’etre.
In the person of the king all his successors and the nation itself are addressed. The entire court was to take part in the consecration.
Here are the words from the Sacred Heart:
“Inform the eldest son of My Sacred Heart that … he will secure his birth into grace and glory by the consecration he will make of himself to My adorable Heart … and through his mediation, that of the great ones of the earth. He (the Sacred Heart-Christ the King) wishes to reign in his palace, to be painted on his standards and to be graven on his arms to render them victorious over all his enemies, by bringing these proud, arrogant heads under his heel and effect this triumph over all the enemies of the Church”
There were other requests: In the Saints fifth letter, dated August 28 of the same year, she says Our Lord desired a building to be erected in which would be displayed an image of the divine Heart to which the King and his entire court would formally consecrate themselves. (This would make it ‘national’) The King, furthermore, chosen by our Lord as “His faithful friend” was to ensure that a special Mass in his honor would be authorized by the Holy See and a formal cultus established. In return the King promised protection against his enemies, both visible and invisible”
It is now known that these invisible enemies were the occult forces of Freemasonry set into motion by the “merchants of light”.
Already they had crossed the channel and were gathering strength in France. The Revolutionary plans were being made.
The Jesuit, Father Le Chaize, SJ., Louis XIV’s confessor had been chosen by God to see the execution of His designs. “By virtue of the power I have given him over the heart of our great King” Margaret Mary wrote. Drawn from account in: Utopia Nowhere by Solange Hertz
Recalling the miracle of Our Lady’s apparition to the parents of King Louis XIV, as told previously on this site, of the promise of a male heir to the throne given …. it is a tragic affair indeed when God’s will, made known through a human being , and approved by the Church, is not carried out to the letter. St. Margaret Mary Alocoque is a saint. Therefore there is Church Approval . These happenings in France and Fatima are part of Catholic history.InWi
Her beautiful body is perfectly incorrupt lying above the side altar in the chapel of the apparitions at the Visitation Monastery at Paray-le-Monial
Consecrations Done but not in the form requested by Heaven
FRANCE: The Sacred Heart (Christ the King) asked for the Head of State to Consecrate, and for the image of the Sacred Heart to be engraved on the standards of the soldiers, their shields, the flag.
In June 1915 France was consecrated to the Sacred Heart by the Bishops of France Utopia Nowhere: Solange Hertz p. 141
Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ordered by His Holiness, Pope Pius XI Dec. 11, 1925: Holy Hour of Reparation Prayer Book P. 11
General Foch, Commander of 20th Corps in Nancy, France, and later Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces consecrated the armed forces of the French and their allies to the Sacred Heart on 16 July, 1918 during the time of WWI. Witnessed by the Cure of Bonbon Abbe Paul Noyer and Father Perray: Utopia Nowhere: Solange Hertz p. 142
The only time a head of state has consecrated his country to the Sacred Heart was on March 25, 1874. The Archbishop of Quito, his Grace Jose Ignatio Checa Y Barbera and President Gabriel Garcia Moreno jointly and solemnly consecrated Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
FATIMA Our Lady asked that the Pope, in union with all the Bishops in the world, would consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary … on the same day … in their cathedrals if possible.
Apostolic Letter Sacred Vergente Year: Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary July 7, 1952 No Bishops
13 May 1982 Pope St. John Paul II Consecration of the Modern World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
16 October 1983 Renewal of Consecration at end of 1983 synod of Bishops
25 March 1984 Consecration of all peoples of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with Bishops of the world. EWTN listing
Russia has not been said with the exception of the 1952 Pope Pius XII consecration and then there were no Bishops involved.
To Be Continued