Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys' Vision of Christ's Blood

One cause of this barren blooming
I attribute to a false system of education [of women], gathered
from the books written on this subject by men who, considering females rather as women than human creatures have been more anxious
to make them alluring mistresses
than affectionate wives and rational mothers …

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

In 1653 Marguerite Bourgeoys, a member of the Congregation of Notre-Dame de Troyes, sailed to New France to teach children. Several years earlier, at the age of twenty, Marguerite received a mystical revelation during a religious procession in Troyes. From that turning point, Marguerite knew that, like the Virgin Mary, she would pursue Jesus’ teaching mission. Earlier, Jean-Jacques Olier and St. Pierre Fourier had established that women did not receive enough education. Saint Marguerite devoted herself to the education of young women because she was convinced that not fulfilling each girl’s potential was like spilling Christ’s blood in vain and letting each drop disappear in the sand.
Canadian Heritage Information Network, The Provincial Museum of Alberta,
Art Gallery of Ontario, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Malcove Collection, University of Toronto, Musée de la civilisation,

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