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Héroines de Dieu

· The essay ·

The 19th century was the century in which the vitality and courage of women religious exploded, offering the world numerous examples of extraordinary dedication to the Christian message. Today, however, most of these lives are forgotten. Thus the beautiful book of Agnes Brot and Guillemette de La Borie, Héroines de Dieu. L’epopée des réligieuses missionaires au XIXe siècle (Presses de la Renaissance, 2011) is praiseworthy. It reconstructs the profiles of eight French women missionaries who went “to the ends of the world” to evangelize, incurring risks and facing tremendous difficulties but also having interesting experiences and enjoying a freedom of action that the laywomen of the time did not even dream were possible. Among the American Indians, in Africa, in Oceania and in New Zealand, in the Holy Land, in China, and in Brazil: nothing could dampen their missionary zeal and their courage! Without a doubt they constitute a forgotten piece of the history of women’s emancipation. (@lucescaraffia)

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