Spiritual Patronage and a Mission to Save France

Raymond Jonas

in The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780520242975
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938281 | DOI:
Spiritual Patronage and a Mission to Save France

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This chapter discusses Claire's journey to Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre and her gradual awakening to her national mission of saving France from secularization, of fighting for France's soul, and of reclaiming France's status. Under the tutelage of Bourget in Saint Laurent, Claire's visions and message took shape. She acquired an outward personality that readied her for her national mission to save France. Claire's message of saving France was nothing new, however what set her apart was that this familiar message was harnessed to her phenomenal visionary power. As a result of her status at Saint-Laurent, Claire was no longer a visionary woman but a woman with a national mission. Her stay at Saint-Laurent also catapulted her to a national figure, pointing the path to France's consecration and regeneration.

Keywords: Saint-Laurent; France; secularization; national mission; consecration; regeneration

Chapter.  2813 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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