Cardinal de Richelieu. Duc de Rohan. Cardinal Mazarin. Duc de La Rochefoucauld. Duchesse de Longueville. Cardinal de Retz. Mademoiselle de L'Enclos. Tallemant Des Reaux and Bussy-Rabutin. ABBE de Rance. La Grande Mademoiselle. Comtesse
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...vivid impression: " If it is true, Lord, that the prayer of a Carmelite' who has retired into solitude and no longer does ought but_fill herself with thee, is like a sweet perfume-box which needs only to be held to the fire to give forth its fragrant odour, that of a poor creature who is still attached to earth, and who can only creep in the path of virtue is like those muddy waters that must be distilled little by little to make a useful liquor of them." The letters of Mme. de La Valliere to the Marechal de Bellefonds, and those of Bossuet to the same marechal on the subject of Mme. de La Valliere, complete the interior picture of her conversion. The Marechal de Bellefonds, a man of worth and piety, had a sister who was a nun in the Carmelite convent of the Fauboug Saint-jacques, where Mme. de La Valliere had a project of retiring. He exhorted and, strengthened, as best he could, that poor distressed soul, as Bossuet sustained and incited it on his side: " I have seen M. de Condom Bossuet and I have opened to him my heart," writes Mme. de La Valliere to the marechal, November 21, 1673; " he admires the great mercy of God to me, and urges me to execute at once his holy will; he is even convinced that I shall do it sooner than I think. For the last two days the report of my retreat has been so spread about that my friends and relatives now speak of it tome. They are very pitying, in advance, upon my fate. I know not why they speak of it, for I have not done anything to show it. I believe it is God who permits this talk to draw me to him more quickly." We do not find in her letters one word that is not natural, humble, and kind; with lively gratitude to those who...
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