25.10.12

Claire Ferchaud

"...I come, not to bring terror among you; I am the God of love, the God who forgives and wants to save you all..."

There is very little written about Clair Ferchaud outside of France, perhaps it is because she was a woman who went against  the worldview of a woman should be.  I did not know of Clair until I was into my early 50's although she did not die until 1972.  Which makes her a contemporary if not from my generation.  Clair was born in 1901on May 5, the feast of St. Hilary of Arles, in in the little village of Loublande, in the province of Vendée.  The Vendée whose people had shed so much blood in  the cause of Holy Mother  Church.

,,My grace will work with great power on sinners who without contrition, Kneel before the picture of My Broken Heart, so that they will arise converted."


She attended the school of the Sacred Heart as a child and received visions of Jesus, His mother Mary and Saint Joan of Arc, (although she had not yet been canonised). As with her messenger Joan the would call her and meet with her. In 1916 during that "anneé terrible" she was called by Jesus to a vision of His Sacred Heart slashed and torn by the "Sins of mankind" and a deeper wound by the sin of Atheism.  Atheism which had been planted by the revolution of 1789, watered by the blood of the dead of the Commune of 1871, pruned by the anti-clerical law of 1905, which legally separated Church and State. (1)

,,I will forgive their sins, even before the absolution, to those who with a true love kiss the picture of My Broken Heart."


Born on May 5 in 1896, she was hurriedly dressed in a white gown and taken to the local church where she was Baptised Claire-Yvonne-Marie-Louis. She was born in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, in the small village of Loublande, in the Vendéen hedged farmland called the Bocage. She attended the school of the Sacred Heart and during her childhood, she was subject to apparitions. Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joan of Arc appeared to her and asked her to deliver for them messages.  She confides in the parish priest of Loublande, the Abbot Audebert. Then Jesus entrusts to her a mission: to contact President Poincaré regarding her conversion with Jesus, being the placing of the Sacred Heart on French flags, which will insure the final victory of the armies of France against the Germans.

,,My glance will touch the hearts of the indifferent and will inflame them with favor so that they will practice goodness."


In accordance with the wishes of Our Saviour, she writes this missive, and her letter is sent to the President Poincaré January 16 1917. He ignores it. By the intervention and help of a prominent royalist representative, the small mystic is received on March 21 at the Elysée palace where she arrives to deliver this message: "The President was to ask the Bishops to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and to ask the parliament to place the 'Sacred Heart' image on the white portion of the French flag... President Poincaré seemed to consent to her suggestions, but strangely once again nothing in fact is done. Clair sends to President Poincaré a second letter on the 1st of May, again he does nothing. On May 7, she then sends the letter of warning to 14 generals of the army, asking "that the picture of the Sacred Heart, signs hope and of good day, shine officially on our national colors". Only one complies , and that Division of the Army saves Paris from the advancing German Army in the 2nd Battle of the Marne. The Sacred Heart will be invoked during this conflict by faithful millions of, but never will be placed on the standards.

,,An only act of love with the plea for forgiveness towards this picture will he enough for Me to open heaven to the soul which in the last hour must appear before Me."


Clair withdraws to her home to accomplish the other mission that God inspired in her: to found a congregation to repair the insult done to the Sacred Heart, "in substitution to the refusal by the France to recognize officially God for master". She will take the name of Sister Claire of Crucified Jesus. The community will receive the blessing of Pope Pius XII!

,,When some refuse to believe in the truths of religion, one can put the picture of My Broken Heart in their room (dwelling) without their knowledge. It will bring through the wonder of graces sudden and supernatural conversions."

During 1918, there thousands of pilgrims invade the town of Loublande simply to be near Clair and the Sacred Heart. The height of these pilgrimages occurred on June 7 1918 with a procession of torches which 10,000 pilgrims participate! ...But the peace signed in 1918, as had announced by Claire Ferchaud, would not be "final". A greater holocaust is yet to come. Clair asks for and is granted a perpetual Mass for France, which was approved by Mgr Humbrecht, the bishop of Poitiers, on June 11, 1918.

The picture of the " Sacred Heart of Jesus broken for our sins", which was painted under the directions of Claire Ferchaud (a reproduction which is exposed in the chapel of the house of the Sacred Heart of Loublande) is seen widely in Royalist and Catholic places of the faith.

Today the Royalists of France are represent on their color the sacred heart, sometimes as the Chouans and sometimes as it was requested By Christ through Clair Ferchaud.

But until France and the world consecrate their countries individually peace will not come nor wil the enemies of the church be crushed.

I respectfully call upon S.A.R. Louis Alphonse, as legitmate heir of the Crown of France to Publically Consecrate France to the Sacred Heart.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny





(1) In the Affaire Des Fiches in France in 1904–1905, it was discovered that the anticlerical War Minister under Émile Combes, General Louis André, was determining promotions based on the French Masonic Grand Orient's huge card index on public officials, detailing which were Catholic and who attended Mass, with a view to preventing their promotions

On 7 May 1917, she then addressed a letter of warning to 14 generals of the French armies, calling for ‘the image of the Sacred Heart, sign of hope and salvation’, to be inserted onto ‘our national colors’. Fifteen copies of this letter were written and sent to the following generals:


Hubert Lyautey, Minister of War in the previous Government of Aristide Briand;

Philippe Pétain, General in chief of all Armies;

Joseph Alfred Micheler, Commandant of the 1st Army;

Adolphe Guillaumat, Commandant of the 2nd Army;

Georges Louis Humbert, Commandant of the 3rd Army;

Henri Joseph Eugène Gouraud, Commandant of the 4th Army;

Fénelon François Germain Passaga, Commandant of the 5th Army;

Paul Maistre, Commandant of the 6th Army;

Antoine Baucheron de Boissoudy, Commandant of the 7th Army;

Augustin Gérard, Commandant of the 8th Army;

Denis Auguste Duchêne, Commandant of the 10th Army;

And also to Generals: Jacques de Castelnau, Robert Georges Nivelle, Marie Émile Fayolle, and Ferdinand Foch.

It is known today, from two sources which attested to the fact (that of the curé of Bonbon, the abbé Paul Noyer and that of Father Perroy on November 17, 1918), that only General Foch, (Commanding the 20th Corps in Nancy and later the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces) ‘consecrated’ the armed forces of the French and their Allies ‘to the Sacred Heart’ on 16 July 1918, during a private ceremony.

The Sacred Heart was, in fact, invoked during this conflict by millions of faithful Catholics, but was never placed on the Flag. In fact, the image of the Sacred Heart, was broadcast very widely. Millions of copies were distributed. It was commonly found in the trenches, to the point that a circular from the Minister of War of 6 August 1917 (countersigned by Philippe Pétain later the president of unoccupied France in 1940) prohibited its exhibition.

The Corps of Marechal Foch, soon after placing the Sacred Heart on the 20th corps flag were instumental in the repulse of the Germans at the battle of 2nd Marne. Roert Nivelle troops mutinied in 1917.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Richard,

As a former evangelical protestant (Marounite Catholic for just over a year now), the Sacred heart of Jesus is especially important to me. I was blessed to receive a 'Sacred heart of jesus' statue from my husband for Christmas last year; had it blessed by my uni chaplain who assured me that it was a suitable and proper representation). he keeps watch in my prayer-room.Likewise with the Sacred Heart of jesus image before the place I pray. Even for those of us with little or no sight, knowing that these icons and statues are there makes a difference.

i am struck by the similarity between the prayers and admonitions of this daughter of the King and those made by St. Faustina (re the Divine mercy) a generation later - of which i have a deeply personal devotion.

Thank you for drawing the attention of your readership to these important prompts of faith.

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Brantigny said...

Thank you for continuing to read my blog Sarah. I have not blogged as regularly as I have so is is gratifying to see my most loyal followers are still out there.