"Très affectueusement, votre mère en Dieu": Françoise Blin by JoAnn M. Recker

By JoAnn M. Recker

Françoise Blin de Bourdon, a daughter of ancien régime French aristocracy, lived in an epoch of radical differences. Imprisoned through the French Revolution, besides others of her kinfolk and social stratum, she may hence be freed to event France’s go back to imperial prestige, the French-Dutch amalgam below the home of Orange, and the beginning of the Belgian state. in the course of the prism of an rising feminist definition of motherhood as caregiving, this publication examines Françoise’s personal mother-daughter relationships, her friendship and collaboration with Julie Billiart in founding the Sisters of Notre Dame, and their mutual skill to house the age-old patriarchal buildings of Church and country. As a tender girl on the end of her formal schooling, Françoise decided to discover her happiness in attentiveness to the happiness of others – a solution that may echo throughout centuries and generations of ladies world wide.

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Madame Elisabeth was guillotined on May 10, 1794, at the age of 30. Another prayer attributed to her, in addition to the Act of Resignation partially cited above, is located in the Huertas biography. It is a devotional prayer to the Sacred Heart and was confided by Elisabeth to her good friend Madame de Raigecourt before the departure of the latter in 1789, along with other émigrés at the time of the Revolution: “Coeur adorable de Jésus, sanctuaire de cet amour qui a porté un Dieu à se faire homme, à sacrifier Sa vie pour notre salut, faire de Son corps la nourriture de nos âmes, en reconnaissance de cette charité infinie, je Vous donne mon coeur et avec lui tout ce que je possède au monde, tout ce que j’aime, tout ce que je souffrirai.

Saddened by the long-standing cynicism of her father, who had absented himself for many years from the family’s religious activities, Françoise found herself, from the age of 25, alone with her parents. While returning to Bourdon from a visit to Amiens, the axle of Madame Blin’s carriage broke and, subsequent to a serious fall, Françoise’s mother suffered acutely for 10 months. ” The notation was not elucidated by any further commentary. An historian has noted: “The lords of pedigree or wealth kept Versailles and Paris dancing with dinners, receptions, and balls.

Attempts that had been made to redress the inequities in France’s taxation system led to an on-going tug of war with both the Paris Parlement and the Church hierarchy, the members of which were from the privileged and largely-exempted social classes. After a peaceful period of almost 20 years, the controversy between Jansenists 2 and Jesuits, their fiercest adversaries, Gallicans 3 and Ultramontanes4 and, consequently, between Parlement and Crown had 2 The French Aristocrat  intensified in the early 1750s.

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