Rorate Caeli

"To the poorest daughter of Carmel,
honor speaks louder than fear."

Mother Marie: Sister Blanche...

First Commissary: I forbid you to continue...

Mother Marie: You have the power to force me to silence, but none to command me to it. I represent here the Reverend Mother Prioress and I shall take no orders from you.

A Commissary: Confounded old hag! She cannot be made to hold her tongue, fellow Citizen, but remind her that the Republic has a machine at its disposal that will leave her somewhat short of breath!

First Commissary: Enough! I repeat that you must behave as a true representative of the people! [He turns to Sister Blanche:] Young citizen, you have nothing to fear from us, who are your liberators! Say but one word, and you will find yourself beyond the sway of those who, to better put you in their power, have not feared to offend nature in usurping even the sacred name of "mother". Henceforth, you are under the protection of the Law.

Mother Marie: But she is first under my protection. Do you think I shall permit you to take any further advantage of the terror of a child? I shall take great care to avoid a language that you cannot understand. You know nothing of that which holds us here and keeps us united unto death - or, if once you knew it, it is now certainly forgotten. But there are still perhaps words which are common to us, and which can touch your conscience. Well, sir, you must know that to the poorest daughter of Carmel, honor speaks louder than fear.
Georges Bernanos
Dialogues des Carmélites

On the day following her feast, the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel would receive her dear French daughters, martyred for their faith in her Son and for their loyalty to His Church.

O glorious Martyrs of Compiègne, pray for us!

[Our regular July 17 homage.]


IM said...

Orate pro nobis!

Long-Skirts said...


The Revolution
For all men’s rights -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
The Church did smite -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
The Catholic blight -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
The lady’s knight -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
Fraternal might -
Guillotined the Carmelite

But Carmels’ blood
In a Bishop’s vein runs
Through sons who now guillotine…
All revolutions!

Poulenco said...

On a related note, must-watch:

Also see:

Picard said...

This piece plucked my heartstrings (touched me to tears - hat mich zu Tränen gerührt) - thanks NC.

It is good to have reminders some times of the heroes of faith - both humble and strong - examples for us and motivation givers. So thanks again!

Prof. Basto said...

From the Catholic Encyclopedia:


"Guillotined at the Place du Trône Renversé (now called Place de la Nation), Paris, 17 July, 1794. They are the first sufferers under the French Revolution on whom the Holy See has passed judgment, and were solemnly beatified 27 May, 1906. Before their execution they knelt and chanted the "Veni Creator", as at a profession, after which they all renewed aloud their baptismal and religious vows. The novice was executed first and the prioress last. Absolute silence prevailed the whole time that the executions were proceeding. The heads and bodies of the martyrs were interred in a deep sand-pit about thirty feet square in a cemetery at Picpus. As this sand-pit was the receptacle of the bodies of 1298 victims of the Revolution, there seems to be no hope of their relics being recovered. Their names are as follows:

Madeleine-Claudine Ledoine (Mother Teresa of St. Augustine), prioress, b. in Paris, 22 Sept., 1752, professed 16 or 17 May, 1775;
Marie-Anne (or Antoinette) Brideau (Mother St. Louis), sub-prioress, b. at Belfort, 7 Dec., 1752, professed 3 Sept, 1771;
Marie-Anne Piedcourt (Sister of Jesus Crucified), choir-nun, b. 1715, professed 1737; on mounting the scaffold she said "I forgive you as heartily as I wish God to forgive me";
Anne-Marie-Madeleine Thouret (Sister Charlotte of the Resurrection), sacristan, b. at Mouy, 16 Sept., 1715, professed 19 Aug., 1740, twice sub-prioress in 1764 and 1778. Her portrait is reproduced opposite p. 2 of Miss Willson's work cited below;
Marie-Antoniette or Anne Hanisset (Sister Teresa of the Holy Heart of Mary), b. at Rheims in 1740 or 1742, professed in 1764;
Marie-Françoise Gabrielle de Croissy (Mother Henriette of Jesus), b. in Paris, 18 June, 1745, professed 22 Feb., 1764, prioress from 1779 to 1785;
Marie-Gabrielle Trézel (Sister Teresa of St. Ignatius), choir-nun, b. at Compiègne, 4 April, 1743, professed 12 Dec., 1771;
Rose-Chrétien de la Neuville, widow, choir-nun (Sister Julia Louisa of Jesus), b. at Loreau (or Evreux), in 1741, professed probably in 1777;
Anne Petras (Sister Mary Henrietta of Providence), choir-nun, b. at Cajarc (Lot), 17 June, 1760, professed 22 Oct., 1786.
Concerning Sister Euphrasia of the Immaculate Conception accounts vary. Miss Willson says that her name was Marie Claude Cyprienne Brard, and that she was born 12 May, 1736; Pierre, that her name was Catherine Charlotte Brard, and that she was born 7 Sept., 1736. She was born at Bourth, and professed in 1757;
Marie-Geneviève Meunier (Sister Constance), novice, b. 28 May, 1765, or 1766, at St. Denis, received the habit 16 Dec., 1788. She mounted the scaffold singing "Laudate Dominum". In addition to the above, three lay sisters suffered and two tourières. The lay sisters are:
Angélique Roussel (Sister Mary of the Holy Ghost), lay sister, b. at Fresnes, 4 August, 1742, professed 14 May, 1769;
Marie Dufour (Sister St. Martha), lay sister, b. at Beaune, 1 or 2 Oct., 1742, entered the community in 1772;
Julie or Juliette Vérolot (Sister St. Francis Xavier), lay sister, b. at Laignes or Lignières, 11 Jan., 1764, professed 12 Jan., 1789.
The two tourières, who were not Carmelites at all, but merely servants of the nunnery were: Catherine and Teresa Soiron, b. respectively on 2 Feb., 1742 and 23 Jan., 1748 at Compiègne, both of whom had been in the service of the community since 1772."

HSE said...

"I forgive you as heartily as I wish God to forgive me." Only God could provide such faith!

Garrett said...

Ora pro nobis!

authoressaurus said...

Filthy socialism...used by God as a tool for the glorification of the Faith, and for the spiritual edification of the faithful. Holy martyrs of Mt. Carmel, intercede for us.

Picard said...

And there is also the famous novella of Gertrud von Le Fort Die Letzte am Schaffott that was kind of sample and inspiration for Bernanos.

And after his death there was the production of the beautiful film about the martyrs (German title: "Opfergang einer Nonne") and later also a musical.

Precentrix said...

Ooh... just reminds me that I once wrote an essay entitled something along the lines of "Grace and Redemption in Poulenc's 'Dialogue of the Carmelites.'" Wish I could remember what I had written... I'm sure it didn't get a terribly good mark since it was supposed to be about the music, but never mind!

At Long Last said...

Life Site news is now reporting on another multi-million-dollar grant from the Bishops to fund contraception. How can the Bishops ask me, in one hand, to engage in civil disobedience on this very matter, while with the other hand providing money that I put in the collection plate to fund contraception?

Until the matter of the CCHD and other scandals is openly addressed by Dolan, et. all, it's going to be very hard for 1) Me to take them seriously and 2) for my friends and family to take me seriously.

5 million dollars. Good grief.

Matt said...

Are we ready to give such an accounting? History repeats itself.