Saint Therese of Lisieux also lived through a sudden and deadly pandemic in 1891-1892. In 2020, what can we learn from how she responded?
We adjourned on Sunday, January 2, 1892, when, five days after the epidemic reached the Carmel, Sister Saint-Joseph of Jesus died. I want to look for a moment at how dramatically life at Carmel had changed between Tuesday, December 28, 1891, when the first nuns got sick, and Saturday, January 2, when Sister Saint-Joseph, the first fatality, died. The monastery’s chronicle reads, in part:
The influenza epidemic raged in our region with force. On December 28, Holy Innocents, several of our sisters had to take to their beds. When we saw our good Sister St. Joseph, eighty-three, seized by this terrible sickness, we had no doubt that the Lord…
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