Sunday, June 16, 2019

Mercy for the Little Sisters

From TFP:
One of the most shocking executions during the French Revolution was that of four sisters, Gabrielle, Marguerite, Claire and Olympe Vaz de Mello. After the death of their parents, these pious ladies devoted their lives to caring for the sick and downtrodden. In spite of their goodness, or rather because of it, they were dragged before the revolutionary tribunal. Their only “crime” was that they exercised a “baneful influence over their countrymen.”1 
Jeanne Jugan was but a child at the time of this atrocity. While she survived the bloody eighteenth century Revolution, the religious order she founded might not be spared its more legalistic twenty-first-century version. (Read more.)

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