A king shows repentance

January 19, 2015

Fr. Jean-Baptiste Massillon, who  served as Bishop of Clermont from 1717 until his death.

Fr. Jean-Baptiste Massillon, who served as Bishop of Clermont from 1717 until his death.

In 1699, the famous sacred orator Father Jean Baptiste Massillon was made Court preacher at Versailles. After one of his sermons, Louis XIV thanked him saying:

“Father, I have heard many preachers who leave me feeling happy with myself. But when I hear your sermons I always feel very dissatisfied.”

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Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anécdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872), Vol. 2, p. 234. (Nobility.org translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 456

 

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