Louis of France, King and Martyr, 1793

January 21st is also kept as a remembrance of Louis the Sixteenth, King of France, executed during the French Revolution.

James Kiefer’s biographical sketch may be read here. The history is mixed – as perhaps is the biography of any saint whom we commemorate whose life may be more closely examined because of near-contemporaneity with us – but Louis is rightly remembered for the conscientious acts of his last year or so of earthly life, as a faithful Catholic against the anticlericalism and antichristian persecution that marked much of the French Revolution.

My apologies that pressure of work has me posting these few entries a day late.


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