Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ash Wednesday

I went into Cajarc yesterday for groceries and a stop at the Wednesday morning market. I also paid a quick visit to the church to light a candle in lieu of attending a service and receiving the imposition of ashes for Ash Wednesday. It's become my practice to light a candle a side chapel of the church dedicated to the memory of a Carmelite nun, Sister Mary Henrietta of Providence. Born Mary Annette Pieras (1760) here in Cajarc, this nun was one of 16 Sisters, lay and extern Sisters guillotined in 1794 during the final days of the Reign of Terror (French Revolution). Their execution took place at Place de la Nation; their bodies were buried in a common grave with other persons executed during the Reign. Referred to as the Martyrs of Compiegne, the bravery of these Sisters is credited with helping to bring the blood-bath of the Revolution to an end. It certainly seems as if a candle is an appropriate way to honor this brave woman and her Sisters.

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