The Story of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
by Constance Solari
December 12, 1779 ~ The day our beloved St. Madeleine Sophie Barat was born in Joigny. Below is an excerpt from the website ~ sophiesfire.com ~ Sophie's Fire: The Story of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. For more information or to order a copy of the book click here.
"In the midst of a raging fire on a winter night in 1779, a Burgundian woman went into early labor and delivered a child who never should have survived. Instead, the tiny infant—Madeleine Sophie Barat—went on to thrive in a France wracked and torn by revolution, terror, Napoleonic domination, and all that followed in their wake. Possessed of a vision of a world dedicated to generosity and love, she founded a religious order and an international network of schools that still flourish today: the schools of the sacred heart. In 1925 she was declared a saint. Passionate, brilliant, politically savvy, and aware of the powerful potential of women to reshape society, Sophie is a role model for our own times."