There are more than thirteen thousand of
them worldwide. They always live within their
boundary walls. Not because they are gloomy
or sick or afraid of life but because their
hearts are so full of Him that they feel
no need to go out to have fun! They have
enough joy inside of themselves. Many people
believe that their lives are wasted and barren.
But love is always non-productive in the
eyes of those who are pragmatic. They are
called Carmelite Nuns.
As happens in every anti-Catholic uprising,
in the French revolution the Carmelite
were among the first to be detained.
enemies of the Church know very well
is doing the greatest damage to the
of darkness! Radically of the Gospel
frightens the evil one! At the monastery
of Compiegne, sixteen Carmelite nuns
arrested. They were taken to court
to death on the guillotine. The judge,
reading the sentence, said, "You
condemned to death because you are
One of the nuns did not know the meaning
of the word "fanatic", so
a lot of courage, and..... embarrassed,
asked him, "Your honor, can you
me what fanatics are?"
The judge answered, "A fanatic
who is eccentric in your misguided
One who is mad on Jesus Christ."
The nun turned to her companions and,
as only virtuous people can be amazed,
to them, "Now this is remarkable!
are going to kill us because we are
on Jesus Christ! Well, let us face
are right, we are indeed madly in love
Jesus Christ! For us, this is an honor!"
They took them from prison and, on
drove them through the streets of Compiegne
so all could enjoy the spectacle. They
throughout the journey! When they went
on the deck of the guillotine, one
they knelt before the Mother-Superior,
her blessing, and began singing the
to the Holy Spirit... "Come Holy
.. The singing gradually decreased
nuns were killed one by one. The last
die was the prioress, Sister Teresa
Augustine. Her final words when addressing
the crowd of people who were present
"Love is always victorious.
Love can do everything!"
We celebrate their feast on the 17th
the day after the Feast of Our Lady
The torch which martyrs light is never
out. It is a pity, no? that we are
for Jesus Christ!
I guess this is why no one has any
to kill us.
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