Raïssa Maritain, the Allure of Suffering, and the French Catholic Revival (1905-1944)
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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âCan there be a mystical life without death?â1Writing in 1931, the French Catholic intellectual RaÃ¯ssa Maritain (1883â1960) named this the âquestion essentielleâ in her private notebooks. She had raised this issue twenty-five...
Chapter 1: That âStrange Thing, So Unknown to UsâCatholicismâ
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How did a Jewish atheist come to embrace Catholicism, to the point of converting, and go on to have a major impact on the intellectual and artistic revivals in French Catholicism, a world made up mainly of men? Consider where she started out...
Chapter 2: âShe Who Weepsâ
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In December 1906, six months after their conversion, LÃ©on Bloy introduced Jacques and RaÃ¯ssa to his beloved devotion to the Virgin Mary of La Salette.La Salette is the name of the French village where, on September 19, 1846...
Chapter 3: Building a New Tribe in the Gathering Storm
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Nearly every Sunday, from 1923 to 1939, men and women from all walks of life took the forty-five-minute train ride from Paris to attend the famous salon Jacques and RaÃ¯ssa hosted at their home in Meudon, France...
Chapter 4: Poetry âin the Storm of Lifeâ
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In 1931, at the height of the Meudon years and four years before Histoire dâAbraham went to press, RaÃ¯ssa Maritain published her first poem, entitled âLa couronne dâÃ©pinesâ (The Crown of Thorns), a vivid rendering of Jesusâs fear on the Mount of Olives before his crucifixion. In describing...
Chapter 5: Holy Suffering, Memory, and the Irredeemable Present
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From New York on July 6, 1940, just weeks after Germany started its occupation of France, RaÃ¯ssa Maritain composed the preface to her famous two-volume memoir, Les grandes amitiÃ©s. She was explicit that the unbearable...
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RaÃ¯ssa Maritain witnessed Les grandes amitiÃ©s on its way toward becoming a classic: twenty thousand copies were sold in the first three years, forty thousand in the 1950s, fifty thousand in 1960. After she died, new editions...
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Publication Year: 2012