Bishops of France To Open Cause For Sister of King Louis XVI – Servant of God Madame Elisabeth

“Madame Elisabeth de France was a devotee of the Sacred Heart at the court of King Louis XVI, her brother.  She remained the very image of piety until her death by guillotine in 1794.”       France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart   Raymond Jonas p94

 Beheading Of A Martyr

“She was repeating the Psalm De Profundis as she awaited her turn in line.

She went up the scaffold steps with a firm step and looking up to heaven, she allowed the executioner to seize and bind her.

As she did so a little silver medal of the Immaculate Conception was revealed.

As the executioners assistant tried to take this away from her she said:  “In your Mother’s name, monsieur … cover me”  These were her last words.  Immediately the pure soul of Elisabeth de France passed on to its’ reward.

No other execution, it is said, caused so much emotion among the bystanders:  No one cried ‘Viva La Republique!

Everyone went sorrowfully away.

All the accounts and all the memoirs of the time agree in saying that when Madame Elisabeth received the fatal blow an odour of roses was diffused over the Place Louis XV …

And her gentle life has left a fragrant memory in the hearts of her countrymen, and, throughout the world.”

Madame Elisabeth de France  1764-1784    Mary Monica Maxwell Scott    p284-285                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joseph_Ducreux,_Madame_Élisabeth_(1768) 2.jpg

Holy Madame Elisabeth!  Pray For Us!  Viva La France!  Viva Cristo Rex!

St. Joseph’s Little-Known Appearance in Provence Where Christianity was First Brought to France

This is not the only appearance Joseph and Mary made in a single place in Europe at different times.    There were lesser known apparitions nearly 5– years earlier.

But … on different occasions Joseph and Mary visited the little village of Costignac, France.   Mary had prophesied the birth of King Louis XIV to his Father and Mother King Louis XIII and Queen Anne, who had been so worried about an heir to the throne.  Nine months later King Louis XIV was born.  But, this is St. Joseph appearing in the same place!

Here is how it all happened.

Cotignac is in the heart of Provence, yet few have heard of this rural area so close to the beatuiful Mediterranean, Marseille, the soaring snow topped Alps and Saint Tropez.

The summer of 1660 was hot and humid  in Cotignac, and, on June 7, a young shepherd named Gaspard Ricard was searching for fresh grass on Mount Besillon.  He became so hot and thirsty that he had to lay down.  He closed his eyes for a few moments, but, felt there was someone there.  So he looked up.

A tall man stood there.  “I am Joseph”, he said and pointed to a large boulder nearby.”Lift it and you will drink.  The boulder was huge.  Gaspard decided to obey the man and make the attempt to lift it.  To his surprise, it was light as a feather.  Underneath it, a cool spring of crystal clear water bubbled.  Gaspard looked up to thank the stranger, but he was gone.

The shepherd dashed to tell the village what had happened full of excitement, … which made the villagers believe him.  They all rushed to see the newly revealed spring and the surprisingly abundant water supply in a place where no water had ever been.

By July 25 “the city council mentions that the source pointed out by St. Josepph has abudndant healing qualities and attracts people from all over the region who come to wash, drink and find healing remedies.”

The wonderful documentary ‘Shrine of the Holy Family’  Provence, France includes this event.  It is too bad that ‘Amazon’ once had it for sale but now “don’t know if they will ever get it again”

The healings began.  And they continued.  In 1662 Father Allard of the Oratory that was built on the site wrote:  “The waters of St. Joseph bring miracles.  Since I reured, a man whom we knew from Avignon, born lame, went to the spring and came back cured, having left his crutches there.  Everyone drinks and carries away the water.

The King, Louis XIII had already consecrated himself, his throne and France to the Virgin Mary.  He surely was moved to do so because he and the Queen knew of the apparition of Mary at the site of the new Chapel of Our Lady of Graces … in Cotigne … only two miles from where St. Joseph appeared

On January 31 of that year of 1661, the local Bishop of Frejus combined the sites of both apparitions so near to each other … under the title ‘Sanctuary of the Holy Family.  He declared:

“God, by the graces he wished to grant in honor of Saint Joseph, wished not to separate the devotion of the faithful, the two holy persons (Mary and Joseph) whom He had joined on earth, for the mystery of our salvation.

” From National Catholic Register  March 20, 2017  Joseph Pronechen


“A Splash of Light appearing among the dark woods surrounding it.”  Here is the story from the Monastery of St. Joseph:

In 1663 when the chapel of Saint Joseph of Besillon was ready, the same Bishop of Frejus delegated the Oratorian Fathers to be its guardians.  The priests were already down the road at the chapel of Our Lady of Grace..

“It is like a splash of light appearing among the dark woods surrounding it.  It stands there on the slopes of the Besillon Mountain in a place that is twice blessed.

Firstly it is in Provence that  Christianity was first brought to France.

Secondly it is at Cotignzc, a place of prayer, a chosen land visited by the two greatest saints in the history of Christendom … the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus Christ.”


1870 Pontmain, France in Laval Which Was the*First Diocese to Consecrate Itself to the Sacred Heart after Sacred Heart Messages

France was at war.  On July 18,  1870,  Emperor Napoleon III of France declared war against Prussia.  From the first days of the war, defeat followed defeat.  By January 1871, Paris was under siege.  Two thirds of the country was in the power of the Prussians, and they were advancing towards the west of France.  By January 17, 1871 they were just across the river from Laval, which was very close to the home of the Barbadette Family, who could hear the guns and the roar of the canons.

The parents of Eugene 12, and, Joseph 10, were busy in the kitchen of their home fixing dinner when Eugene decided to go out into the barn and feed the horses.  It was not as dark as usual, so he walked over to the window in the barn and looked up.  The sky was filled with stars.  More stars than he had ever seen, and, he kept gazing.  The thirty or so young men in the town of Pontmain who had been conscripted into military service was very much on his mind. He was filled with worry for some of his friends.

As he leaned on his elbows looking in to the sky, he thought he saw a lady.  But no,  that could not be … he continued to watch.  Yes, it was.  She was real.  And in the sky!

Eugene called to his brother to come out.  Joseph saw her too.  The Barbadette parents came rushing out to the cold barn.  They could see nothing unusual except for the star studded sky.  It was almost like day.  The parents decided to call someone else.  Of course their first thought was of the Sisters in the nearby school who came quickly and brought two little girls with them, Frances Richer, 11, and Jeanne Marie Lebosse, 9.  They both saw the lady and dropped down on their knees in the hard cold snow.

What does she look like, Eugene?  Tell us!  Some neighbors heard the voices and joined the family and the nuns with the other children.  “She is dressed in a flowing robe of deep radiant blue studded with gold stars.  The sleeves were full, extending up to the hands.  She was wearing blue slippers, tied with goldenribbon in the shape of a rosette.  Her hair was completely covered with a black veil thrown over her shoulders reaching down to the level of her elbow.  On her head, a gold crown rose slightly to a peak.  It had no ornament in front except a red band circling the centre.  Her hands were extended …”like the Miraculous Medal” … but without the rays of light.”

The crowd grew, and, Father Guerin, the parish Priest joined them.  The Lady remained and from time to time would look sad because some of the people were ‘rowdy’ but the crowd changed that with Marian prayers and and hymns led by Father Guerin, who believed immediately when he saw the children.  He led several Rosaries and as he did, stars could be seen gathering two by two under the Lady’s feet as if representing the Hail Marys of the Rosary.  Then a white banner, about a yard wide, unrolled beneath the Lady’s feet, thus forming a perfect rectangle.  It was on this that she spelled her message:


Our Lady then raised her hands to the height of her shoulder, arms out and bent slightly backwards and elbows close to her body.  Then a large red cross appeared in the hands of the Blessed Virgin.  The figure of the crucified Christ was a darker red hue but no blood was flowing from the wounds.  The community prayed their night prayers together and a large white veil began to cover the figure of the Virgin, slowly rising to her face, as she gave a last smile.  The apparition ended .  It was nine o’clock.  It had lasted three hours.

Only the little ones had seen Our Lady, yet, the crowd believed because of the faces of the children and their mannerisms and prayers … and tears of joy at times.  All this in the bitter cold and snow.

After some time, late that night of January 17, General Von Schmidt of the Prussian Army who was about to run over Laval towards Pontmain, received orders from his Commander not to take the city.  The invasion of the Catholic West part of France never occurred.  General Schmidt is reported to have said on the morning of the 18th:  “We cannot go further.  Yonder, in the direction of Brittany, there is an invisible ‘Madonna’ barring the way.”

On January 23, 1871, the longed for armistice was signed in the hall of mirrors in the palace of Versailles.  The Treaty of Versailles was the treaty which was hated by Adolph Hitler as it annexed, in his opinion, too much of Germany.



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The promise of Our Lady “God will soon grant your request” had been fulfilled. Source  Michael Journal  January 91, 2013


Our Lady is prominent in the affairs of France.  The pages of History are alight with her apparitions in that country.  To mention a few  … The Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Laboure, The dogma of the Immaculate Conception affirmed to St. Bernadett Soubirouis,  The Devotion and Badge of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary, and, the Sacred Heart/Mother of Mercy Scapular to Estelle Faguette at Pellevoisin.   So many! They will all be covered here.

Our Lady is very interested in France, her eldest daughter of the Church.  Yes, it is true.  France is that.  The proof is there and will be shown. One thing stands out in that aspect and it is this:  God does not like it if the French Monarchy is broken.  It is an uncanny ‘thing’.  Keep reading!

And here is why I write  these little ‘extras’.  The little village of Pontmain, France is in the diocese of Laval.  * The Diocese of Laval was the first to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus after the beatification of Marguerite-Marie in 1865.  France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart  Raymond Jonas  page152    (Hence … the special protection from God in time of peril occurred)

Yet it is simple when examined closely.  Note how Mary appeared at Cotignac, with a baby in her arms,  to announce that King Louis XIII and Queen Anne  would have a male heir.  He was born 9 months later.  That heir was Louis XIV who was supposed to receive the Sacred Heart messages.  King Louis XIII later decreed solemnly decreed a national act of thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary, named her Special Protectress of “our land” and consecrated France to the very ” holy Virgin and Glorious Mary”  He had a Church built in her honor and called it ‘Our Lady of Victories’ in honor of his victory over the Hugenots (Protestants) at Larochelle.  National Catholic Register ‘Mary’s Little Known Apparitions in France’  March 2017

On the Feast of the Purification, February 2, 1872, the Most Rev.  Wicart, bishop of Laval, issued a pastoral letter giving a canonical judgment on the apparition of Pontmain, France.  Thus the veneration of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain was given official Church recognition and approval.  The Basilica was built and consecrated on October 15, 1900

The Basilica of Our Lady of Pontmain: Basilique Notre-Dame de Pontmain

Basilica of Notre Dame de Pontmain


The Sacred Heart Stopped the Bubonic Plague in Marseille, France, 1720


Hero of the Marseilles Plague, Bishop Henri Francois-Xavier de Belsunce de Castelmoron, the Bishop of Marseilles tends the sick in the featured color photo..

“I am still, by the grace of God, on my feet among the dead and dying.  Everyone at my side has been stricken, and of the many ministers of the Lord who have accompanied me, I have only one remaining.  My household itself has fallen ;  eleven have died and five are still ill, though out of danger…the plague has been in Marselleises for three months and still shows no sign of abating.

What horrors have I not seen or heard?  For eight whole days two hundred corpses rotted around my house and under my windows. I was obliged to walk in streets flanked on both sides of half rotten, dog-chewed bodies, with so much plague-ridden debris and filth underfoot that it was impossible to know where to tread.

I was forced, with a vinegar soaked sponge over my nose and my soutane hitched up, to clamber among the corpses to seek out, and offer confession and consolation to the dying who had been thrown out of their houses on mattresses among the dead

The piles of dogs and cats that had been killed and left to rot added to the unbearable stench.  An! Monseigneur, what moments of biterness and despair have I no suffered?  How terrible it is to be in such a situation! From a letter of Mgr. de Belsunce, bishop of Marseilles, to the Bishop of Toulon, 1720

 Case Study:  Infectious Diseases at the Edward Worth Library 1720:  (Fair Use Disclaimer)

“This Mortal Distemper, the Plague, wherewith this City has been thus visited, was unhappily brought among us by a Ship From Sydon  (a noted Town near Tyre, in Asia, as mentioned in the New Testament) which came into our Road the 15th of June last:  The Porters first employ’d in opening her cargo were immediately seized with violent Pains in the Head, reaching to vomit, and a general Faintness all over their limbs and bodies;  and in 6 or 8 hours time Bubo’s and Plague sores began to rise, of which they died in three days.

Those that succeeded them were taken and died in the same manner.  Upon this all the the noted Physicians and Chyrugeons were summoned together by the Magistrates, to consult the Nature of the distemper, who all agreed that it was really the plague.  How , proper care was not immediately taken;  instead of burning the said Ship and Goods (which ought to have been done) the goods only were removed to a desert Island, called Jarre, 2 Leagues off, where all those that went to air them died suddenly of the same distemper. Several officers belonging to the ship were admitted to come into the City, and the Sailors brought abundance of goods on shoar by stealth, by which means a considerable mortality soon began to spread in that part of theTown where they had lodged.  Notwithstanding all this,  proper Care and Remedies to prevent its fatal consequences, were still neglected ’till the beginning of August, by which time the number of the Infected was too great for the hospitals to contain and they began to die a thousand in a day. The infection now being spread into other parts of the City, runs from one Family to another like Wild Fire, so that 20 liked often dead at once in a House:  And the worst of all is, that they cannot be buried, but lie in the Houses or Streets many days, which are full of dead bodies and beddign.  27 carts appointed to carry them out , not being sufficient.

The Magistrates have been assisted with 500 Galley slaves to clear the streets of the dead, they there are still above 3000 dead bodies that lie about the streets unburied, which cause an untolerable stench.  And it is computed that in all about 80,000 are dead of the Plague, 2 Thirds of which are observed to be women, most of them with Child, whose died of the Infection after Miscarriages or Lying in, purely for want of help.  In short, the Calamity is so bad, that the poor can hardly even get Water, because no on will go near them.  The rich and able are gone into the Country with all manner of Provisions, and there is no a Church or Shop left open.  So that we, we were but 4 Months ago in flourishing a condition, are now overwhelm’d with Misery.


The Consecration of Marseile to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

It was decided by Bishop Belsunce that Marseille would be consecated to the Sacred Heart. King Louis XV was now reigning and the national consecration had not been made. He wanted a celebration on the Feast of the Sacred Heart in June 1921, and sent a letter to all the dioceses.  Men and Women worked to make a beautiful outside altar for the monstrance to rest on which would be holding the Holy Eucharist.  It was built at a spot where Marseille meets the sea.  When finisished, it was wrapped in expensive fabric and covered with beautiful flowers.

Jean Pierre Moustier, the Chief Executive of Marseilles accepted the logic of Bishop Belsunce and agreed to read the consecration.

In the following month, the officers of the town dressed in their official red robes and began the procession to Notre Dame of Marseilles where Belsunce met them and they all went down on their knees before the altar.  The Church bell rang as a signal to begin and all the citizens of Marseilles joined in a prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“AS Belsunce raised the gleaming monstrance containing the Eucharist, the air of Marseille was filled with prayer and the tumult of the guns and cannons as if to drive out the plague.

By September, the remaining cases of the plague had passed

Drawn from the excellent book by Raymond Jonas:  France and the cult of the Sacred Heart (available from Amazon)



The Political Dimension of Sacred Heart Devotion

When Longinus plunged his spear into the Sacred Body publicly exposed on the cross, he struck the heart of a King.  Christ the King!

The sign above the thorn-crowned Head of the Man enthroned on the Cross read plainly:  “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

Longinus was the agent of secular authority doing his duty which was to make sure the Man was dead, or to kill Him if he were not. Longinus was the ‘state.’

The Sacred fountain of Blood and water which gushed forth continues to do so to this day , sanctifying all the King’s willing subjects … those who search for the truth and find it in His Church which was born that day with that opening of the side of Christ … and whose Priests have the power given them by Jesus, Who had ordained them shortly before,  to consecrate Bread and Wine into His Body and Blood.  Real and True.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is therefore no sentimental devotion to be pursued only in private.  Essentially, it is a political commitment.

The Sacred Heart of Christ the King is source and center of the Christian state, a human manifestation of the Divine Monarchy from which all monarchy takes its name.  Its temporal dimensions extend into eternity.

Only when viewed from this perspective can the true purpose of Sacred Heart devotion be discerned.  Otherwise it is simply a super-excellent practice among many others designed by God to bring the individual into greater intimacy with Him.

Sacred Heart devotion does this, to be sure, but its objective is ultimately and fundamentally political in the real sense of the word politics.

It was forged by the divine Wisdom to bring not only the individual but whole nations …  into intimacy with God.

Needless to say, the devotion was never preached in such terms in the USA, where democracy reigns supreme and separation of Church and state is dogma.  It was deemed too dangerous if not outright subversive.  We were led to believe that God, whose name the U.S. Constitution does not mention, is not really interested in politics anyway, that  religion is a purely private matter.  As a consequence, most of us are familiar only with the requests which our Lord made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding the nine First Fridays of reparation and the institution of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

No doubt we reaped immense spiritual profit from the devotion without being acquainted with the political framework in which the apparitions took place at Paray-le-Monial, and, without being aware of the political necessity which had dictated them.

Even Pius XII in his masterly encyclical on the Sacred Heart, Haurietis Aquas, published in 1956 for the centenary of the institution of the Feast, dwells almost exclusively on the spiritual, personal character of the devotion.  Although he prescribes it as the best antidote for the ills of society “such as cause” says he, “sharp conflict among individuals, families, nations and the whole world” he presents it primarily as a super eminent religious practice efficaciously rooted in charity.

The devotion actually began in the Gospels, particularly in that of St. John, who was privledged to lean familiarly on the breast of Our Lord at the Last Supper and also witnessed the opening of the divine Heart on the Cross.  As early as the third century, meditation on the piercing of Christ’s side was regularly practiced by the devout  every afternoon at three ‘clock. “Solange Hertz  Political Dimension of Sacred Heartt Devotion


Words of St. John to St. Gertrude about the Sacred Heart: 

“On his own feast day, St. John appeared to St. Gertrude and placed her by the wounded side of Jesus, where she could hear His beating Sacred Heart.  “Why is it, O beloved of God” she asked him, “that you who rested on his bosom at the Last Supper have said nothing of what you experienced then?”  St. John told her  “It was my task to present to the first age of the Church the doctrine of the Word made flesh which no human intellect can ever fully comprehend.

The eloquence of that sweet beating of His Heart is reserved for the last age in order that the world … grown cold and torpid … may be set on fire with the love of God”               













Pope Pius VI: Speaks on the Execution of King Louis XVI of France: Would That Francis Could Talk Like THIS !


In Quare Lacrymae one can sense the shock that went through Europe at the regicide of Louis XVI.  The old order of Christian Europe had been shaken to its foundations.”  BY ADMIN  THE JOSIAS

Acts of our most holy lord Pope Pius VI in secret consistory on Monday, June 17, 1793, on occasion of the killing of Louis XVI, Most Christian King of France.

Translated by Coemgenus

“Venerable brothers,

Why should tears and sobs not choke off Our words?  Would not groans, rather than speech, better represent that pain of soul We are forced to express, as We inform you of the horrible spectacle of cruelty and barbarity done at Paris on the 21st of January this year?

By a conspiracy of impious men, the most Christian king Louis XVI has been condemned to death, and the sentence has been carried out.  (King Louis XVI was beheaded by the Masonic French Revolution which had the intent of overthrowing Crown and Altar)

But what sort of a sentence was this, and, with what reasoning was it passed?  We will briefly call to your attention that:    it was brought about without authority and without law by the National Convention – for that Convention, after the form of the more excellent monarchical regime had been abolished by them,   placed all public power at the disposal of the people … who are governed by no reasoning nor counsel … who judge few things by the truth … and many of them judge by opinion.

The people are inconstant, easy to deceive and lead into every base deed;  they are ungrateful, arrogant, and cruel;  they rejoice in human blood, in slaughter and in funerals;  they are filled with pleasure by the pains of the dying, just as was seen in the amphitheaters of the ancients.

When the more savage part of this People, who were not content to have rejected the imperial power of their king, but also wished also to rob him of his life,  decreed men to be judges of the King … who had accused him and had revealed a mind hostile to him.

In the process of judgment itself some even more wicked men were called forth, so that the number of those condemning might prevail over the others.

But as they could not increase this number, the king was sacrificed by less than the number required by law.  

From so many wicked and perverse judgements, from so many stolen votes, what sad, horrible, and in all ages execrable thing could not be feared and expected?  But because the horror of such an evil deed had deterred many from the crime, stirring up great controversy among the delegates, it was found necessary to cast votes again, the result of which, even though it proceeded from the votes of conspirators, they pronounced legitimate.

Here we must pass over many things done contrary to law, and completely null and invalid … as can be read in the august speeches of the defense attorneys., and everywhere in the public papers.

We must also omit what the king was forced to endure and suffer before his final punishment.  For in the meanwhile he was taken in to long custody in different prisons, from which he did not come forth except to appear in the dock before the Convention.

His Confessor was put to death.

The king was sequestered from his beloved royal family, and subjected to other sorts of hardships to bring him pain and disgrace, at which no one in whom there was any shred of humanity would not shudder.

Louis’s nature was known and perceived by all to be gentle, beneficient, clement, patient, loving towards his people, devoid of severity and rigor, easy and most indulgent towards all.  It was by this nature that he was induced to convoke the Esstates of the realm that were demanded, and which came crashing down on royal authority and finally on his own head.”

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Entire Act of Pius VI on the killing of King Louis XVI may be read on:

(Emphasis by maryanne)       ‘History Repeats Itself’

Father Le Chaize, Confessor Of King Louis XIV 1604-1729

From: “Memoirs of Duc de St. Simon  “These memoirs stand, by universal consent, at the head of French historical papers and are the one great source from which all historians derive their insight into the closing years of ‘The Great Monarch” Louis XIV.  It is the most precious body of documents that exists.”


“The court at that time beheld the renewal of a ministry;  which from the time it had lasted was worn down to its very roots, and which was on that account only the more agreeable to the King.

On the 20th of January, the Pere La Chaize, the confessor of the King, died at a very advanced age.  He was of good family, and his father would have been rich had he not had a dozen children.  Pere La Chaise succeeded in 1675 to Pere Ferrier as confessor of the King and occupied that post thirty two years.

The festival of Easter often caused him political absences during the attachment of the King for Madame de Montespan (a mistress).  On one occasion he sent in his place the Pere Deschamps, who bravely refused absolution.

Pere Le Chaize was of mediocre mind but of good character, just, upright, sensible, prudent, gentle, and moderate, an enemy of informers , and of violence of every kind.  He kept clear of many scancalous transactions., befriended the Archbishop of Cambrai as much as he could, refused to push the Port Royal des Champs to its destruction, and always had on his table a copy of the New Testament of Perre Quensel, saying that he liked what was good wherever he found it.

When near his 80th year, with his head and his health still good, he wished to retire, but the King would not hear of it.  Soon after, his faculties became worn out, and feeling this, he repeated his wish.  The Jesuits, who perceived his failing more than he did himself, and felt the diminution of his credit, exhorted him to make way for another who should have the grace and zeal of novelty.  For his part he sincerely desired repose, and he pressed the King to allow him to take it, but all in vain.  He was obliged to bear his burden to the very end.

Even the infirmities and the decrepitude that afflicted could not deliver him.  Decaying legs, memory extinguished, judgment collapsed, all his faculties confused, strange inconveniences for a confessor – nothing could disgust the King and he persisted in having this corpse brought to him and carrying on customary business deals with it.

At last two days after a return from Versailles, he grew much weaker, received the Sacrament, wrote with his own hand a long letter to the King, received a very rapid and hurried one in reply, and soon after died at five o’clock in the morning very peacefully.

His confessor asked him two things, whether he had acted according to his conscience, and whether he had thought of the interests and honour of the company of Jesuits;  and to both of these questions he answered satisfactorily.

The news was brought to the King as soon as he came out of his cabinet.  He received it like a Prince accustomed to losses, praised the Pere La Chaize for his goodness, and then said smilingly, before all the courtiers, and quite aloud, to the two fathers who had come to announce the death:

“He was so good that I sometimes reproached him for it, and he used in reply to me:

“It is not I who am good … it is you who are hard”