by Christina Hermoso
The Catholic Church honors today the memory of Saint John Eudes, known as the initiator of the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Several religious congregations, which he founded and have since spread in many parts of the world including the Philippines, such as the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, and the Good Shepherd Nuns, will hold commemorative rites, masses, and novenas in honor of the venerated French saint.
Considered by the Holy See as the “Apostle of Devotion to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,” St. John of Normandy, France, composed the mass for the Sacred Heart and the Holy Heart of Mary and fostered widespread devotion through his books, “The Devotion to the Admirable Heart of Jesus,” and “The Admirable Heart of the Most Holy Mother of God” in the 17th century.
St. John was ordained priest in 1625. He was an outstanding preacher, missionary worker, confessor, and was considered as one of the most outstanding figures among the clergy during 17th century France. He died in 1680 and was canonized by Pope Pius X on May 31, 1925.