Monday, May 25, 2009

In Honor of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

I cannot think of anything that better sums up the spirit of Religieuse du Sacré Coeur de Jesus than St.Madeleine Sophie Barat's own words:

Mother Barat had stipulated that newcomers were not to be served sensible food like carrots but given what they wanted at no matter what trouble to the kitchen. This child demanded "potatoes that open with butter inside." While the potatoes disappeared Mother Perdrau let her talk about home, then led her to the best dormitory and tucked her into bed. The child hugged her pillow happily, then suddenly threw her arms around Mother Perdrau. "Why do you love me so much? You’ve never seen be before!
Saint Madeleine Sophie: Her Life and Letters,
Margaret Williams, RSCJ Pg. 520

After being expelled from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington DC, I was sent to Kenwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York. I am still influenced by the faith of these wonderful women. The society was founded in 19th century France by Madeleine Sophie Barat, who was canonized in 1925.

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