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The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War$
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Raymond Jonas

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242975

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242975.001.0001

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The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War

Raymond Jonas

University of California Press

One of the most enduring features of spirituality in wartime is the sense that war served as a divine plan in which war was theologized. Theologizing war was an old reflex. It was also a powerful reflex in 1914. After 1914, spirituality and spiritualism enjoyed a remarkable recovery in Europe. This chapter discusses the role played by Claire Ferchaud, the Sacred Heart, and the Sacred Union in theologizing the war. It particularly focuses on the belief that the war served as a divine intervention, an awakening for France and its deteriorating spirituality. For many Catholics, the war served as a return to religion, as a reconciliation of France with the Catholic Church.

Keywords:   war, spiritualism, spirituality, religion, reconciliation, Catholic Church

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