From: "Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours"
Ch. XVII, "THE COMMUNISTS", pp. 318-319, Imp. 1884
Sr. Mary St. Peter (1816-1848 A.D.)
Champion of the Holy Face Devotion
the scourge of the French people and the
sworn enemy of the Church of God, had long been plotting
their destructive machinations. The entire world has been
more or less poisoned by the pernicious influence of both
political and religious sects, diametrically opposed to all
law and order. France, unhappily, has been the centre, and
the most active agent in the formation and encouragement
of these diabolical institutions. It is from her midst, Paris
especially, that the revolutionary and anti-social spirit has
spread all over Europe, assuming different names at different
epochs to suit the caprice of the moment; at one time styling
themselves Socialists, then Liberals, and again Nihilists.
the end of the reign of Louis Philip, at the period to
which the life and communications of Sr. Mary St. Peter now
lead us, they bore the appellation of Communists. These by
degrees had usurped the entire control of the press. They num-
bered among their party, illustrious writers, men distingushed
in the schools of philosophy, and among the literati of the day
not a few of whom had endeavored to put their dangerous
chimeras into execution. This sect, by its secret manoeuverings,
had rapidly increased. Silently and skillfully had they laid their
subterranean mines; the moment for explosion was near at hand,
those entrusted with their country's welfare seemed totally un-
conscious of the danger. France was asleep in the very mouth of
a volcano. But the watchful child of Carmel, with an attentive
eye to the wants of her country and the salvation of souls, raised
the cry of alarm from the depth of her solitude and while point-
ing out the danger to the sacred sentinels, indicated the means
of averting the catastrophe. ...
"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus,
covered with Blood, Sweat, dust and spittle,
in reparation for the crimes of communists,
blasphemers and by the profaners of His Holy
Name and of the Holy Day of Sunday."
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