Posted by: frroberts | July 17, 2016

Belated Bastille Day thoughts

The Martyrs of Compiègne were the 16 members of the Carmel of Compiègne, France: 11 Discalced Carmelite nuns, three lay sisters, and two externs (tertiaries of the Order, who would handle the community’s needs outside the monastery). During the French Revolution, they refused to obey the Civil Constitution of the Clergy of theRevolutionary government, which mandated the suppression of their monastery. They were guillotined on 17 July 1794, during the Reign of Terror and buried in a mass grave at Picpus Cemetery.

This is an example of some of the anti-religious violence the French Revolution produced:


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