Cardinal Pierre de Bérulle

Fleur-De-Lis, Cinq

Other than a recommendation from Jesus Himself, what better character reference can you have outside of THIS:
“His disciple, St. Vincent de Paul, said of him: ‘He is one of the most saintly priests I have known,’ and his friend St. Francis de Sales declared: ‘He is everything which I should desire to be myself’.”

I stumbled upon this guy when reading, “The Shape of Catholic Theology,” by Fr. Aidan Nichols, who notes him as asserting that “the hypostatic union between the divine Word and Jesus’ humanity is the exemplar and prototype of all union with God,” (310).

The Catholic Encyclopedia gives us more information about him. He lived at the turn of the 17th century and was devoted to the conversion of Protestants. We already know that he kept pretty rarified company with St. Francis and St. Vincent, but he was also instrumental to bringing the Carmelites to France. His life’s work was to make Jesus Christ “better known and more loved.” If that’s not enough to convince you that this is a guy worth looking into, HE DIED WHILE SAYING MASS!

I’ve heard my priests say this before, that if we truly knew God, in that moment of knowledge, we would die from the overwhelming love. I think that might be what happened here. What a way to go! However, I wouldn’t want to be one of the parishioners at that Mass. Traumatized for life.

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