The Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

On this feast day of my favorite saint (sorry Ignatius!) a reflection from My Life with the Saints, on Thérèse Martin.

On January 2, 1873, Marie Francoise Thérèse Martin is born in Alençon, France, to Louis and Zélie Martin, two devout Catholic parents.  Louis, a watchmaker, had earlier in his life presented himself to a monastery but was refused permission, because of his lack of knowledge of Latin.  Zélie was similarly rejected by a local order of nuns called the Sisters of the Hôtel Dieu; she becomes, instead, a lacemaker.  But the couple’s intense love for Catholicism and for religious life will be passed on to their children.When Thérèse is four her mother dies.
Shortly afterwards,[ . . . ]

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“Jeannette, the childhood of Joan of Arc”, the musical of Bruno Dumont after Charles Péguy

“Jeannette, the childhood of Joan of Arc” is a musical. This writing, do not expect a dish in sauce of the style “The Ten Commandments”, version Élie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo, or an adaptation in the mode “Joan of Arc Superstar”. There are, at the beginning, the texts that Charles Péguy dedicated to the Maid of Orleans: “Joan of Arc”, dating from 1897 while he was still an atheist, and “The mystery of the charity of Jeanne d ‘Arc’, of 1910, when he regained the Catholic faith. That already marks its difference. Then there is the look of Bruno Dumont. The director of ” Ma Loute ” presented in Cannes last year, and ” P’tit Quinquin ” in 2014, [ . . . ]

It would be a pity to limit the gaze on this film to those gags who often hold anachronism. It goes much further than that.

Source: “Jeannette, childhood of Joan of Arc”, the musical of Bruno Dumont after Charles Péguy

French pranksters replace holy water with alcohol

Tourists visiting a church in the picturesque French town of Chateau-Chalon were surprised to discover that local pranksters had replaced the fonts’ holy water with alcohol, the local tourism office said on Friday.

A dozen tourists sniffed out the telltale signs of eau-de-vie, a clear fruit brandy, when they visited the church in Jura, eastern France, at the end of August. “I made the sign of the cross and it smelt like eau-de-vie. Is this a local tradition?” the tourists asked officials at the nearby visitor centre. The enquiries prompted the authorities to carry out an impromptu investigation.  “A litre of brandy had been poured into both of the fonts, you really smelt the alcohol when you walked into the church,” local tourism official Pauline Fisseau said. The church is not regularly used for mass and the fonts are usually empty. The two fonts were immediately drained and cleaned before being filled with more traditional holy water ahead of a festival the following day. The identity of the pranksters and their intentions remains unknown. Village mayor Christian Vuillaume said it was “clearly a joke”.

Source: French pranksters replace holy water with alcohol – The Local