Between Lyon and Bourges, about 4 hours from Paris, the sanctuary of Paray le Monial evokes the Heart of Jesus. In 971, the first stones of the present altar were used by the Benedictine monks of Cluny. In 1671, Marguerite Alacoque entered into the monastery of the Visitation in Paray le Monial. After several apparitions, Christ showed her his heart telling her:” My divine heart has exalted love for mankind and for you especially.” Sister Marguerite Marie felt called to make known the devotion to the Sacred Heart. She began the practice of the Holy Hour, shortly before dying on October 17, 1690 saying the name of Jesus. Since then, the sanctuary of Paray le Monial has been dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many families have been consecrated to Him.
The sanctuary is administered by the renewal community of the Emmanuel. The members have made the sanctuary known world-wide through sessions for youth and for families during the summer. These gatherings bring together more than 30,000 people each year. A member of the Charismatic Renewal, the community of the Emmanuel is young, dynamic and missionary. Community living in different lifestyles supports the community through prayer.
This sanctuary of France allows one to grow in the merciful love of Christ and to discover the young and dynamic face of the Church in France.
It is an unavoidable step for your pimgrimage to France !