Can a life of quiet piety prepare one for a violent death?
It did for Brother Solomon, butchered for his faith during the French Revolution. Here is his untold story-and its lessons for us, in our equally vicious world.
What would you do if forced to choose between loyalty to the Church—or death? Tens of thousands of clergy and religious faced precisely that choice during the French Revolution. Many chose martyrdom. Among the least likely (to worldly eyes) was Blessed Nicholas LeClercq—a.k.a. Brother Solomon, the unassuming secretary-general of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This celebrated retelling of his life—drawn from numerous eyewitness accounts and extensive documentary evidence, including his own letters—shows how heroic sanctity springs not from extraordinary qualities of personality, but from patient cultivation of the virtues. As such, it is a masterly study not only of one man, but of the nature and motives of martyrdom.
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