Marie, a Li, Coque

Marie, A Li, Coque, a visionary, whose real name was Margaret, was born July 22, 1647, at Lauthecour. in the diocese of Autun, France. She boasted of religious transports, and heavenly visions and revelations, besides which she is reported to have worked manifold wonders. She evinced a deep aversion to all evil in her infancy, and from her fourth year maintained an intimate communion with God. On the death of her father, which took place in the eighth year of her age, she entered a convent. Attributing the cure of a disease that had afflicted her during four years to the Virgin Mary, she gratefully adopted the name "Marie," and always used it by preference. She entered the Order of Salesians on the 27th of August, 1671, as a novice, and on the 6th of November. 1672, took the veil. From this time she claimed to be constantly favored with visions and revelations, and is said to have performed many miracles; such were her transports that she carved in large letters the name of Jesus on her breast. She had knowledge of the time when she should die, and prepared for that event in deep retirement, closing her life Oct. 17, 1690. She left a small work of a mystical character, entitled La derotion au coeur de Jesus, and others of a similar nature. Her life was published by Jean Joseph Languet under the title La vie de la venerable mere Afarsquerite Marlie; but her memory has been kept alive chiefly through the four songs, -ler-Vet, in OEuvres de M. Gresset (Amsterd. 1748), 1:9-45. On the 4th of February, 1836, the advocate of the pontifical consistory addressed the pope, for the first time, on the process of her beatification; but Talleyrand, as bishop of her native diocese, had already sought to effect her canonization during the last decennials of the 18th century. — Herzog, Real-Encyclop. 20:92 sq.

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