“This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Georges Bernanos, a great Catholic writer. One of his best-known works is “Dialogues of the Carmelites”. It was published [a] year after his death. He had prepared it working on a story of the German authoress, Gertrud von Le Fort.
He had prepared it for the theatre. It went on the stage. It was set to music and then shown on the screens of the whole world. It became extremely well known.”
“During the trial they were condemned “to death for fanaticism”.”
And one of them asked in her simplicity: “Your Honour, what does fanaticism mean?”
And the judge: “It is your foolish membership of religion.”
“Oh, Sisters,” she then said, “did you hear, we are condemned for our attachment to faith. What happiness to die for Jesus Christ!”
“They were brought out of the prison of the Conciergerie, and made to climb into the fatal cart. On the way they sang hymns; when they reached the guillotine, one [Sister] after the other knelt before the Prioress and renewed the vow of obedience.”
Sister Margaret Agnes Rope, O.C.D. crafted this beautiful stained glass window at the Quidenham Carmel in England. Learn more about her windows.
“Then they struck up
“The song, however, became weaker and weaker, as the heads of the poor Sisters fell, one by one, under the guillotine.
The Prioress, Sister Teresa of Saint Augustine, was the last, and her last words were the following:
“Love will always be victorious, love can do everything.” #Carmelite #Martyrs #CompiègneTweet
That was the right word, not violence, but love, can do everything. Let us ask the Lord for the grace that a new wave of love for our neighbor may sweep over this poor world.”
Pope John Paul I
To learn more about the true story of Mother Teresa of Saint Augustine and the Discalced Carmelite martyrs of the Carmel of Compiègne, we recommend the historical study, To Quell the Terror by Professor William Bush, published by ICS Publications, Washington DC. After years of arduous research in France and close collaboration with the Sister Archivist of the Carmel of Compiègne, Professor Bush has woven a tale that is not only accurate but spellbinding as well.