19.3.09

Why St Louis decided to take the Cross

Jean, Sieur de Joinville relates...

...I have just recorded it happened by God's will, that King Louis, who was then in Paris, was taken very seriously ill, and came so near dying that one of the two ladies who were tending him wanted to draw the sheet over his face, maintaining that he was dead. But another lady, who was on the opposite side of the bed, would not allow it, and said she was sure his soul was still in his body...

...As the king lay listening to the dispute between the two ladies our Lord worked within him, and quickly brought him back to such a state of health that although up till then he had not been able to utter a word he now recoverd his speech. And soon as he was able to speak he asked for the cross to be given him; and this was promptly done. When the queen mother heard that the power of speech had come back to him she was as full of joy as it is possible to be. But in learning he had taken the cross--which she heard from his own lips-- she mourned as much as if she had seen him lying dead...

Tomorrow the list of nobles who took up the Cross due to the kings example.
Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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