William Bush The Martyrdom of the Sixteen Carmelites of Compiègne: A Christian Crowning of the Philosophers' Century As A DISCIPLE OF Georges B E R N A N O S , I cannot begin with- out briefly evoking a phrase from his spiritual testament, Dialogues of the Carmelites. This phrase has long served me as a guide when I tried to understand that revolutionary world in which the Compiègne martyrs were to make their oblation. Through the dying prioress, Madame de Croissy, Bernanos, who was also himself dying at the time, speaks to his young heroine, Blanche de la Force, regarding her fearsome nature to say: "revolt is always a thing of the Devil? It seems to me that a Christian will instinctively recognize the profound truth hidden in this affirmation. Since nothing happens without the will of God, man must seek his sanctification through This paper is an English translation of "Le Martyre des seize carmélites de University of St. Thomas in 1994, for the bicentenary of the martyrdom. Logos 2:1 Winter 1999 Compiègne: Couronnement très chrétien du siècle des Philosophes" delivered at the Université Laval in Québec in 1993, dien repeated, in translation, at the The
Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture – Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture
Published: Apr 4, 1999
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