Marthe Robin: A Prophetic Vision of the Gospel Message by Bernard Peyrous

04 marzo 2021

Sinopsis

Marthe Robin is one of the most intriguing figures of the twentieth century. Born into a peasant family in a remote French village, by the age of eighteen she was confined to bed in a state of paralysis and by thirty-eight she was blind. Throughout her life, she received over 100,000 visitors, ranging from Church leaders and prominent intellectuals to farmers and school children, all seeking and receiving consolation, prayerful support and counsel.

Her own identification with Jesus was so intense that she bore on her body the marks of his wounds and every Friday for many years experienced the Passion of Christ. However, she was no holier-than-thou mystic and insisted on her own ordinariness. Her courage and wisdom despite her suffering are an inspiration.

This book, based on Bernard Peyrous uniquely comprehensive knowledge of Marthe Robins writings and the testimonies gathered for her beatification cause, traces not only her life and spiritual journey, but also the growth of the initial community she founded (Foyer of Charity) and of others born from it throughout the world.

Índice

  • Introduction: ‘Our Dear Marthe’ page 11
  • PART ONE: THE AWAKENING OF A SOUL
    • Chapter 1: A Small Village in France (1902–1917) 17
      • I. Châteauneuf-de-Galaure 17
      • II. The advent of a child 20
      • III. The discovery of a relationship with God 23
    • Chapter 2: The Sudden Onset of Illness and God’s Preparations (1918–1928) 27
      • I. Manifestations of illness 27
      • II.The reactions of her family and those around her 32
      • III.Embarking on the interior life 39
    • Chapter 3: The Crucial Choice (1928–1930) 47
      • I. The 1928 mission 47
      • II. The principal elements of a spiritual life are put in place
      • III. The development of Marthe’s illness 52 61
    • Chapter 4: The Spiritual Life of Marthe Robin (1930–1936) 64
      • I. The framework within which Marthe lived 64
      • II. Marthe’s spiritual accompaniment 67
      • III. Mystical phenomena 69
      • IV. Marthe Robin’s reading and writing 78
      • V. Marthe Robin’s relationships 84
  • PART TWO: THE FOUNDING OF THE FOYERS OF CHARITY
    • Chapter 5: The Origins of a Great Work 91
      • I. Marthe Robin’s evolution 91
      • II. A first fulfilment of God’s revelation: the girls’ school in Châteauneuf 93
      • III. The development of Marthe’s thinking between 1933 and 1936 96
    • Chapter 6: A Decisive Meeting (1936) 100
      • I. The circumstances of Marthe’s meeting with Abbé Finet 100
      • II. Georges Finet 101
      • III. Marthe Robin and Abbé Georges Finet’s first meeting 115
      • IV. The aftermath of the meeting 121
    • Chapter 7: The First Retreat (September 1936) 124
      • I. Preparing for the retreat 124
      • II. Initial surprises 126
      • III. Discovering Marthe Robin 128
      • IV. Abbé Finet’s preaching 129
      • V. Further surprises 130
      • VI. Final surprises 131
      • VII. Abbé Finet becomes Père Finet 131
    • Chapter 8: The Founding of the Foyer in Châteauneuf (1936–1947) 134
      • I. The first vocations to become members of the Foyer (September 1936) 134
      • II. The second retreat (26 December 1936 – 1 January 1937) 139
      • III. The spiritual and material development of the Foyer
      • IV. The Foyer during the war
      • V. The discernment of the Church
    • Chapter 9: Marthe’s Personal Development (1936–1947)
      • I. Relations between Marthe and Père Finet
      • II. The deaths of Monsieur and Madame Robin and the aftermath 160
      • III. Marthe’s spiritual states 165
      • IV. Marthe Robin, ‘the theologian’ 173
      • V. Marthe’s meetings 180 140 145 151 155 155
  • PART THREE: A TIME OF FRUITFULNESS
    • Chapter 10: Marthe’s Interior Life (1948–1978) 185
      • I. A period of accomplishment 185
      • II. Intimations of an inner journey 186
      • III. Marthe’s experiences of the Passion 190
      • IV. The Eucharist 198
      • V. The presence of the Virgin Mary 199
      • VI. Extraordinary spiritual phenomena 203
    • Chapter 11: The Spread of the Work of the Foyers
      • I. The blessing of the Foyer at Châteauneuf
      • II. The founding of new Foyers
      • III. Some examples of foundations
      • IV. The expansion of the Châteauneuf Foyer
      • V. Marthe’s involvement in the expansion of the Foyers
      • VI. The question of the canonical status of the Foyers 211 212 214 218 227 232 243
    • Chapter 12: Marthe and her Visitors 253
      • I. Access to Marthe 253
      • II. Initial contact 257
      • III. Conversations at Marthe’s bedside 260
      • IV. The gift of wise counsel 267
      • V. Marthe’s intercession 275
      • VI. Marthe’s correspondence 276
      • VII. Relations with families 280
    • Chapter 13: Exceptional Friendships286
      • I. Gisèle Signé 287
      • II. Paul-Louis Couchoud 288
      • III. Jean Guitton 293
      • IV. Marie-Ange Anstett 296
      • V. Jacques Lebreton 299
    • Chapter 14: For the Renewal of the Church 302
      • I. Marthe Robin and the Church’s major problems from 1948 until the Second Vatican Council 302
      • II. The Second Vatican Council and its consequences 310
      • III. Marthe Robin, bishops, priests and religious 318
      • IV. Châteauneuf, a meeting place for saints 322
    • Chapter 15: A Personality in Brief 326
      • I. Marthe’s body 326
      • II. Marthe’s sensibility 331
      • III. Marthe’s intelligence 332
      • IV. Interiority 335
      • V. Marthe’s life – day by day 336
  • PART FOUR: THE DEATH OF A JUST WOMAN
    • Chapter 16: Marthe’s Final Years (1979–1981) 343
      • I. A difficult time for the Foyers 343
      • II. Marthe’s death 351
    • Chapter 17: Life Goes On 356
      • I. Marthe’s funeral (12 February 1981) 356
      • II. Pilgrims to La Plaine 358
      • III. Graces and favours 358
  • Conclusion: Marthe Robin, a Spirituality for our Time and for the Future 364
    • I. The anxieties and desires of people today 364
    • II. The spiritual experience of Marthe 365


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