The Political Dimension of Sacred Heart Devotion

Solange Hertz

When Longinus plunged his spear into the Sacred Body publicly exposed on the cross, he struck the heart of a King.  Christ the King! This was when the Sacraments flowed forth. (St. Augustine Expositions on the Psalms, On Psalm 127,4   The Church was born. The one and the true. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is essentially a political commitment as Solange Hertz explains.

Every time a Catholic priest performs the Consecration at Mass, the Heart of Christ the King is present on the altar of sacrifice.  Whole and entire the Body, Blood, Flesh and Divinity of the King !  The Word made Flesh !

The sign above the thorn-crowned Head of the Man enthroned on the Cross read plainly:  “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

Longinus was the agent of secular authority doing his duty which was to make sure the Man was dead, or to kill Him if he were not. Longinus was the ‘state.’

The Sacred fountain of Blood and water which gushed forth continues to do so to this day , sanctifying all the King’s willing subjects … those who search for the truth and find it in His Church which was born that day with that opening of the side of Christ … and whose Priests have the power given them by Jesus, Who had ordained them shortly before,  to consecrate Bread and Wine into His Body and Blood.  Real and True.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is therefore no sentimental devotion to be pursued only in private.  Essentially, it is a political commitment.

The Sacred Heart of Christ the King is source and center of the Christian state, a human manifestation of the Divine Monarchy from which all monarchy takes its name.  Its temporal dimensions extend into eternity.

Only when viewed from this perspective can the true purpose of Sacred Heart devotion be discerned.  Otherwise it is simply a super-excellent practice among many others designed by God to bring the individual into greater intimacy with Him.

Sacred Heart devotion does this, to be sure, but its objective is ultimately and fundamentally political in the real sense of the word politics.

It was forged by the divine Wisdom to bring not only the individual but whole nations …  into intimacy with God.

Needless to say, the devotion was never preached in such terms in the USA, where democracy reigns supreme and separation of Church and state is dogma.  It was deemed too dangerous if not outright subversive.  We were led to believe that God, whose name the U.S. Constitution does not mention, is not really interested in politics anyway, that  religion is a purely private matter.  As a consequence, most of us are familiar only with the requests which our Lord made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding the nine First Fridays of reparation and the institution of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

No doubt we reaped immense spiritual profit from the devotion without being acquainted with the political framework in which the apparitions took place at Paray-le-Monial, and, without being aware of the political necessity which had dictated them.

Even Pius XII in his masterly encyclical on the Sacred Heart, Haurietis Aquas, published in 1956 for the centenary of the institution of the Feast, dwells almost exclusively on the spiritual, personal character of the devotion.  Although he prescribes it as the best antidote for the ills of society “such as cause” says he, “sharp conflict among individuals, families, nations and the whole world” he presents it primarily as a super eminent religious practice efficaciously rooted in charity.

The devotion actually began in the Gospels, particularly in that of St. John, who was privledged to lean familiarly on the breast of Our Lord at the Last Supper and also witnessed the opening of the divine Heart on the Cross.  As early as the third century, meditation on the piercing of Christ’s side was regularly practiced by the devout  every afternoon at three ‘clock. “Solange Hertz  Political Dimension of Sacred Heartt Devotion


Words of St. John to St. Gertrude about the Sacred Heart: 

“On his own feast day, St. John appeared to St. Gertrude and placed her by the wounded side of Jesus, where she could hear His beating Sacred Heart.  “Why is it, O beloved of God” she asked him, “that you who rested on his bosom at the Last Supper have said nothing of what you experienced then?”  St. John told her  “It was my task to present to the first age of the Church the doctrine of the Word made flesh which no human intellect can ever fully comprehend.

The eloquence of that sweet beating of His Heart is reserved for the last age in order that the world … grown cold and torpid … may be set on fire with the love of God”               







Pope Pius VI: Speaks on the Execution of King Louis XVI of France: Would That Francis Could Talk Like THIS !


In Quare Lacrymae one can sense the shock that went through Europe at the regicide of Louis XVI.  The old order of Christian Europe had been shaken to its foundations.”  BY ADMIN  THE JOSIAS

Acts of our most holy lord Pope Pius VI in secret consistory on Monday, June 17, 1793, on occasion of the killing of Louis XVI, Most Christian King of France.

Translated by Coemgenus

“Venerable brothers,

Why should tears and sobs not choke off Our words?  Would not groans, rather than speech, better represent that pain of soul We are forced to express, as We inform you of the horrible spectacle of cruelty and barbarity done at Paris on the 21st of January this year?

By a conspiracy of impious men, the most Christian king Louis XVI has been condemned to death, and the sentence has been carried out.  (King Louis XVI was beheaded by the Masonic French Revolution which had the intent of overthrowing Crown and Altar)

But what sort of a sentence was this, and, with what reasoning was it passed?  We will briefly call to your attention that:    it was brought about without authority and without law by the National Convention – for that Convention, after the form of the more excellent monarchical regime had been abolished by them,   placed all public power at the disposal of the people … who are governed by no reasoning nor counsel … who judge few things by the truth … and many of them judge by opinion.

The people are inconstant, easy to deceive and lead into every base deed;  they are ungrateful, arrogant, and cruel;  they rejoice in human blood, in slaughter and in funerals;  they are filled with pleasure by the pains of the dying, just as was seen in the amphitheaters of the ancients.

When the more savage part of this People, who were not content to have rejected the imperial power of their king, but also wished also to rob him of his life,  decreed men to be judges of the King … who had accused him and had revealed a mind hostile to him.

In the process of judgment itself some even more wicked men were called forth, so that the number of those condemning might prevail over the others.

But as they could not increase this number, the king was sacrificed by less than the number required by law.  

From so many wicked and perverse judgements, from so many stolen votes, what sad, horrible, and in all ages execrable thing could not be feared and expected?  But because the horror of such an evil deed had deterred many from the crime, stirring up great controversy among the delegates, it was found necessary to cast votes again, the result of which, even though it proceeded from the votes of conspirators, they pronounced legitimate.

Here we must pass over many things done contrary to law, and completely null and invalid … as can be read in the august speeches of the defense attorneys., and everywhere in the public papers.

We must also omit what the king was forced to endure and suffer before his final punishment.  For in the meanwhile he was taken in to long custody in different prisons, from which he did not come forth except to appear in the dock before the Convention.

His Confessor was put to death.

The king was sequestered from his beloved royal family, and subjected to other sorts of hardships to bring him pain and disgrace, at which no one in whom there was any shred of humanity would not shudder.

Louis’s nature was known and perceived by all to be gentle, beneficient, clement, patient, loving towards his people, devoid of severity and rigor, easy and most indulgent towards all.  It was by this nature that he was induced to convoke the Esstates of the realm that were demanded, and which came crashing down on royal authority and finally on his own head.”

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Entire Act of Pius VI on the killing of King Louis XVI may be read on:

(Emphasis by maryanne)       ‘History Repeats Itself’

Father Le Chaize, Confessor Of King Louis XIV 1604-1729

From: “Memoirs of Duc de St. Simon  “These memoirs stand, by universal consent, at the head of French historical papers and are the one great source from which all historians derive their insight into the closing years of ‘The Great Monarch” Louis XIV.  It is the most precious body of documents that exists.”


“The court at that time beheld the renewal of a ministry;  which from the time it had lasted was worn down to its very roots, and which was on that account only the more agreeable to the King.

On the 20th of January, the Pere La Chaize, the confessor of the King, died at a very advanced age.  He was of good family, and his father would have been rich had he not had a dozen children.  Pere La Chaise succeeded in 1675 to Pere Ferrier as confessor of the King and occupied that post thirty two years.

The festival of Easter often caused him political absences during the attachment of the King for Madame de Montespan (a mistress).  On one occasion he sent in his place the Pere Deschamps, who bravely refused absolution.

Pere Le Chaize was of mediocre mind but of good character, just, upright, sensible, prudent, gentle, and moderate, an enemy of informers , and of violence of every kind.  He kept clear of many scancalous transactions., befriended the Archbishop of Cambrai as much as he could, refused to push the Port Royal des Champs to its destruction, and always had on his table a copy of the New Testament of Perre Quensel, saying that he liked what was good wherever he found it.

When near his 80th year, with his head and his health still good, he wished to retire, but the King would not hear of it.  Soon after, his faculties became worn out, and feeling this, he repeated his wish.  The Jesuits, who perceived his failing more than he did himself, and felt the diminution of his credit, exhorted him to make way for another who should have the grace and zeal of novelty.  For his part he sincerely desired repose, and he pressed the King to allow him to take it, but all in vain.  He was obliged to bear his burden to the very end.

Even the infirmities and the decrepitude that afflicted could not deliver him.  Decaying legs, memory extinguished, judgment collapsed, all his faculties confused, strange inconveniences for a confessor – nothing could disgust the King and he persisted in having this corpse brought to him and carrying on customary business deals with it.

At last two days after a return from Versailles, he grew much weaker, received the Sacrament, wrote with his own hand a long letter to the King, received a very rapid and hurried one in reply, and soon after died at five o’clock in the morning very peacefully.

His confessor asked him two things, whether he had acted according to his conscience, and whether he had thought of the interests and honour of the company of Jesuits;  and to both of these questions he answered satisfactorily.

The news was brought to the King as soon as he came out of his cabinet.  He received it like a Prince accustomed to losses, praised the Pere La Chaize for his goodness, and then said smilingly, before all the courtiers, and quite aloud, to the two fathers who had come to announce the death:

“He was so good that I sometimes reproached him for it, and he used in reply to me:

“It is not I who am good … it is you who are hard”

The Sacred Heart in Apparition to St. Marguerite Maria Alocoque Asks King Louis XIV To Use His Emblem on Flags and Standards


If only King Louis XIV had asked questions when he had heard the rumors about some Sacred Heart messages for him …through a visionary at Paray-le-Moyal. The King  had already been communicating with St. John Eudes.  He was growing older and weaker at this time.

But only Father Le Chaize, the Confessor of the King, to whom St. Margaret Mary Alocoque had sent a letter, in which was written, for the king,  the exact requests of the Sacred Heart knew.  Father Le Chaize,  failed to give them to the King. His reasons were fear of his superior.

His Superior … in the Jesuit order …  was hostile to the events occurring in Paray-Le-Moyal.   Father Le Chaize was a good Priest.

His Superior had already chastised severely another Jesuit, Father Croisset, for writing about the apparitions and propagating them.

The chain of events could have been so different.  Even to this day.  The letters of Margaret Mary can be found in Google transcribed e-archives.

Here are some of the letters from St. Margaret Mary which Father Le Chaize had:

“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) 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 his triumph over all the enemies of the Church.” This was to include Freemasonry which was rearing it’s head.    From:   Utopia Nowhere by Solange Hertz

download 5.jpgThis is the Canadian Flag which flew for a time with the Sacred Heart emblem.

Our Lord had desired a a building to be erected in which would be displayed an image of the divine Heart, in  which the King and his  court could formally consecrate themselves. download 6.jpgIt was not until the reign of Pope Pius IX that a formal cultus was established to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. ” 

                                                                                         Utopia Nowhere  Solange Hertz  p. 131

France was hurtling towards the reign of terror!



SIMILAR REQUESTS WERE MADE TO THE PAGAN EMPEROR CONSTANTINE LONG AGO.    HE LISTENED.   The Message from God runs along a similar vein as King Louis XIV’s messages had:

Constantine Sees a Cross in the Sky:   “Amidst the fiercest and most general persecution the Church has ever known, God, who sets bounds to the fury of the wildest storm, had decreed the triumph of His Church over the powers of the world.  Diocletian was Emperor of the East and Maximian of the West.  In the year 303 the former published at Nicomedia an edict, in which he commanded the churches to be pulled down, and the holy scriptures to be burnt.  Maximian had already preceded him with characteristic ferocity in the West, where the persecution had long raged.  Torments previously unknown were employed to intimidate the Christians.  They were suspended by the feet over a slow fire;  they were stripped naked, and with a fork stuck through one leg,  left to expire by lingering torture;  sharp reeds were thrust beneath their nails;  their flesh was scraped from the bone with broken pots, and molten lead poured into their open wounds.

It came about that Diocletian and Maximian were compelled to relinquish the purple to Constantius Chlorus and Galerius, who had long held the second rank as Caesars. Constantius Chlorus was the first instrument in God’s hands to pave the way to the peace and triumph of the Church.  Constantius Chlorus died in 306 and was succeeded by his son, Constantine.

The young new Emperor was about thirty one years of age, of handsome form, with good abilities, and a wisdom in advance of his time.  He was a pagan.  He offered sacrifice in the temple of Apollo, probably at Autun in France.  images 19.jpg

Maxentius, the son of Maximian, desiring to subdue the whole West to his obedience, declared war on Constantine, and sought to secure victory to his arms by practicing the most cruel and abominable superstitions.  Constantine, whose forces were far inferior to those of his adversary, feeling the necessity of aid from on high, bethought him of the Christians’ God, and prayed that He would reveal Himself to him, and give him victory in the battle.  His prayer was heard.  At noonday, while he was marching at the head of his army, a cross of fire was seen in the calm and cloudless sky, and on it these words:  In hoc signo vinces – “Through this sign thou shalt conquer.”  It was visible to the entire army.

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During the night our Lord appeared to him and commanded him to make a standard like the cross he had seen, and to bear it at the head of his troops.  Accordingly he caused one to be made of costly materials, covered with gold.  On its top was a regal crown blazing with jewels and bearing the first two letters of the word Christ.   31950a85505f9d173be3500a4c50439f 2.jpgIt was called The Labarum.  Chi Rho (Gr. Christ)

Fifty of the bravest soldiers were chosen to guard it and bear it by turns.  Constantine, meanwhile, sent for Christian bishops.  He inquired of them the meaning of the vision he had beheld, and received from them an exposition of the doctrines of the faith.  Then, confident of the Divine protection, he marched to Rome , where he attacked and utterly defeated the tyrant maxentius, who was drowned in the Tiber while attempting escape.images 22.jpg

Constantine marched to Rome and she opened her gates as he entered in triumph.  He did not at once become a Christian, or even a catechumen.  He published an edict of toleration; and although he does not appear, in the first instance, even to have contemplated the abolition of paganism, nevertheless he placed various restrictions on its exercise, forbidding the abominable sacrifices performed in private dwellings, and afterwards demolishing certain of the temples where immoral rites were practiced.

He recalled the Christians who had been banished, restored the churches, enriched them with magnificent ornaments and vessels, honoured the ministers of religion and conferred upon them special privileges.  He gave the Pope, who had been the special object of hatred and persecution, the palace of Lateran, and turned an adjacent palace into a church.  This is the beginning of the patrimony of St. Peter;  it is now the church of St. John Lateran.

The affrighted Christians could scarcely believe for joy.  Their religion protected by the emperor, their worship held in honour, their churches glowing with splendor, their confessors liberated, their exiles recalled – they could but exclaim,  “This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.”                                                                                               Manual of Church History  No Author  Circa 1870

Down through the ages, we have had apparition after apparition.  Approved by the Church.  And then, apparently, put in mothballs like La Salette and Fatima which proclaimed our destiny to us if certain instructions were carried out.  They were not.

The tsunami which approaches our beautiful Ship of State is the Popes doing and it is perilous in our eyes …..





5. Father Le Chaize: Confessor to Louis XIV Who, With Certainty, Did Not Give the Sacred Heart Messages to King Louis XIV as St. Margaret Mary Asked

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 in 1675, succeeding the deceased Father Ferrier, and filled this influential but extremely delicate position conscienciously for 34 years.

King Louis had mistresses and many illegitimate children. He had many enemies in his court.  There was a period of witchcraft and another called ‘the poison affair’.  These are all documented in ‘Memoirs of the Duc de St. Simon’ – a series of voluminous tomes which are considered by universal consent to be at the head of French historical papers.”

I am trying to adhere to the spiritual aspects of the times as it appears to me that the good Lord wants the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be honored equally at the end of the times of sorrows we now encounter.

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 (1.)

Father La Chaise used all his influence to put an end to the king’s illicit relations with a Madam Montespan, a mistress,  and finally succeeded, with the help of Madame de Maintenon, another mistress,  in breaking the liason.  During the king’s time of mistressing, Father Le Chaize twice found himself sick on Easter when it came time for the King’s confession. He was compassionate and kindly and patient. This was the King whom God had chosen  to receive the messages of St. Margaret Mary,  in which were several requests including the consecration of the King to the Sacred Heart.  And the state would be consecrated this way and France would have peace … instead of a reign of terror which seems to have no end and extends throughout places in today’s world.

In these messages, the world was given the Sacred Heart Badge and many promises, which will be listed later in another post here. Wearing the Sacred Heart Badge, or, even carrying an image of the Sacred Heart carries with it extremely powerful blessings and protection.  Let this be known for now.

Father Le Chaize,  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. Madame de Mainetnon, however, according to ‘The Memoirs of the Duc de St. Simon’ a primary source for Louis XIV “thought only of herself”

“The messages of the Sacred Heart,”  according to Fr. Guitton, S.J. , who wrote on the matter in:  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.

The present day Sacre Coeur Basillica was built by the money collected by the people in a manner called ‘the national vow’.  Long after the French Revolution.  It is built on Mont Martre … the hill of the martyrs in Paris.

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.7b22d476b033c4de9a7b3e6cd6f53311 2.jpgInWi

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.



Louis XIV is Born as Mary Had Promised

On September 5, 1638, at St. Germain-en-Laye the child promised to Louis XIII  and Anne of Austria was born.  Exactly nine months from the day Our Lady had promised!  The King and Queen beheld an heir to the throne.

It was a turbulent France into  which the boy king was born.  His father, Louis XIII, died four years after his birth.  Louis was King at the age of four. His mother, Queen Consort of France now,  had been especially close to her mother who helped her develop a deep devotion to her Roman Catholic faith.  She was married to King Louis XIII as an exercise in political matchmaking.  They were teen agers.  The Queen was very lonesome and made a habit of visiting monasteries and churches.

Another boy, Philip, had been born before King Louis XIII died, and, Anne was a doting parent with both boys.  She selected one of Cardinal Richelieu’s associates to serve as her minister, Cardinal Mazarin, upon whose advice she depended greatly.

The Edict of Nantes, which defined Huguenot rights ((Protestants)) was in effect, along with the French war against Austrian Habsburgs which lasted until 1648.

It seemed inevitable that such a young king would be challenged.  In 1648, a Civil War – known as The Fronde erupted when Louis was only nine.  The Parlement, which was a law court, rebelled against the monarchy.  France was drowning in debt, and Mazarin imposed several new taxes, forced loans, and the selling of offices that affected the nobles. The people had turned against Mazarin and when he died in 1661, Louis decided to rule without a chief minister

177px-Anne_of_Austria_(Queen_mother)_with_her_two_sons_Louis_XIV_of_France_and_Philippe,_Duke_of_Orléans_(unknown_artist).jpgIn 1651 Anne ceeded power to her son. The King was fourteen years old.  She died in 1666.  King Louis XIV had a plaque placed in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces to honor his mother’s memory and to remind people that he was given to them by the vows Anne made.  The plaque remains to this day.  Louis XI would become the longest reigning of European monarchs – seventy two years.

Yet, King Louis didn’t listen to the message from heaven about the Sacred Heart when it was brought to him.  Tears and bloodshed were in store for France.

It seems highly likely, in 1660,  that heaven was offering graces to France, again,  knowing they would be needed in that poor strife torn land, where undercurrents of masonic thought were already forming minds and hearts in preparation for the historical conflict with Frances’ Roman Catholic Church.  The first Masonic Lodge was established in France around 1688 … La Parfaite Egalite.

Once again heaven was to visit France to remind her of God and the existence of the Supernatural and of how it links to the political scene … Whether King Louis XIV ever heard about this apparition of St. Joseph is not known.  However, the King knew about apparitions … as is proven by his placing a plaque in the sanctuary reminding that he was given to the people by this apparition of Our Lady of Graces at Cotignace.  That plaque which is still there.

St. Joseph appeared this time!  He who has so little or nothing to say in the Bible.

It was a roasting hot day in Cotignac on June 2, 1660.  Gaspard Richard was searching for fresh grass on Mount Besillon.  About 1PM he had to lie down because he was suffering from an exceptional thirst.  He noticed suddenly that a tall man was standing next to him.

Again, not many words came from the mouth of St. Joseph, but, there was great meaning:  “I am Joseph.  Lift it and you will drink” said the man, Joseph, pointing to a huge boulder.  Many men would not have been able to move it.  Gaspard listened to the man and made the attempt.  He was surprised that he was able to lift the boulder.  Under it he discovered a fresh water spring.  He looked up to thank the stranger, but the man had vanished.  But the seemingly impossible had been done in the blink of an eye by the faith of Gaspard.

The shepherd dashed to the village to tell all the people what happened.  We can’t overestimate his eagerness and excitement.  Knowing him as a humble young man, everyone believed him.  They all rushed to see the newly revealed spring and the surprisingly abundant water supply in a place where no water had ever been before.

The wonderful documentary Shrine of the Holy Family : Provence, France includes this event and tells how by July 25 “the city council mentions that the source pointed out by St. Joseph has abundant healing qualities and attracts people from all over the region who come to wash, drink and fine healing remedies.  In 1662, Father Allard of the Oratory that was built on the site, wrote:  “The waters of St. Joseph bring miracles.  Since I returned, a man whom we know from Avignon, born lame, went to the spring and came back cured, having left his crutches there”

(This documentary, once available on EWTN and Amazon is no longer available and it is not known “if ever” it will be again. From Both Web Sites

Since the beginning, the spring has never dried up.    National Catholic Register Joseph Pronechen  Blogs  March 29 2017

God is in charge.  If only we could listen.  Yes, there was to be one more apparition in France coming which promised victory to the King if he would consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and paint the image on his standards and shields, and fly it on his flags. It was the famous one of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque.  No King listened to it.  King Louis XVI had written his vow down and it was found later.  Too late.

This King knew too.  He didn’t  listen. That too should ring true to Catholic ears who hear of Our Lady’s pleas at Fatima, Portugal, which are treated with contempt by some of her children in Rome.

France was murmuring with discontent.  Taxes were outrageous. There was hunger in the land.  The voices of the French people were to become thunderous.

St. Joseph had simply called the attention of the King and the people to God, Who can do anything! What a great gift from heaven!

Some listened.  136px-Portrait_équestre_d'Anne_d'Autriche.jpg   Some didn’t.  They didn’t want God in the affairs of France.  The horrors and the bloodshed were in the making!

King Louis XIII Consecrates Mary as Special Protectress of France

As we have read, the kingdom was worried in 1638.  There was no heir apparent for the throne of France.

At the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces in Cotignac, not far from Louvre, on November 3, 1637, the Blessed Mother had appeared to an Augustinian monk named Brother Fiacere while he was in prayer in the monastery of the church of Notre- Dame-des-Victoire (Our Lady of Victories)

She had in her arms a child.  She was dressed in a blue robe with stars, her hair hanging on her shoulders, three crowns on her head, sitting on a chair and saying:  “My child, it is not my Son, it is the child God wants to give to France.”  The child was to be King Louis XIV … to whom Saint Margaret Mary would one day give messages through the Kings confessor.

King Louis XIII, in his joy, after the little future King (Louis XIV) was born, decreed:

“We declare that we are taking the very Holy and Glorious Virgin Mary as special Protectress of our land, and,  that on the feast of the Assumption we should commemorate our present declaration at High Mass.  We similarly exhort all people that have a special devotion to the Virgin on that day to implore her protection that God will be served and revered in such a holy way that we and our subjects may finally reach the happy end for which we have all been created.  Such is our wish”Assumption_Of_Mary640 2.jpg

King Louis XIII 

This declaration of King Louis XII is an example of a King exercising his authority of  ‘The Divine Right of Kings’ … in one aspect of that theory.  It almost sounds like the Pope speaking infallibly proclaiming a dogma.  In this declaration do we  sense the intermingling of Church and State……?

Pope Leo XII 1885 touches on the essence of Divine Right:

“Man’s natural instinct moves him to live in civil society for he can not, if dwelling apart, provide himself with the necessary requirements of life, nor procure the means of developing his faculties.  Hence it is Divinely ordained that he should be born into the society and company of men, as well domestic as civil. 

Only civil society can ensure perfect self-sufficiency of life.  But since no society can hold together unless there be someone over all, impelling individuals efficaciously and harmoniously to one common purpose, a ruling authority becomes a necesssity for every civil commonwealth of men;  and this authority, no less than society itself, is natural, and therefore has God for its author.

Hence it follows that public power of itself cannot be otherwise than of God.”

Immortale Dei 1885

King Louis XIV believed in ruling France with ‘Divine Right’   With the manner in which his birth was prophesied, one finds it difficult to dismantle his thinking.


To be continued