Madeleine was born in France, December 12, 1779. She was the daughter of Jacques Barat. Madeleine was educated by her older brother Louis, a monk.
In Paris, Madeleine met Father Joseph Varin, and together they started a congregation of women devoted to the Sacred Heart and dedicated to the education of girls.
On November 21, 1800, Madeleine Sophie and three other postulants began their religious life. The following year she was sent to Amiens to teach in a school; this was the first convent of the new Order. Soon a second school, a free one for poor children, was opened. Though she was only twenty-three, Madeleine Sophie was appointed superior and held that office for sixty-three years. As Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart, she built one hundred and five houses in the principal countries of the world, including the United States.
Madeleine Sophie urged her religious at all times to seek the Glory of the Heart of Jesus in working for the sanctification of souls. Her motto was: "To suffer myself and not to make others suffer."
She died at Paris, May 25, 1865, and was canonized May 24, 1925
Lord Jesus Christ, after the model of Your Sacred Heart, You wonderfully graced St. Madeleine Sophie with humanity and love. Make us cling always to Your Sacred Heart and find our joy in becoming Your companions.
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