Madeleine Delbrel by Charles F. Mann
A Life Beyond Boundaries

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Who? Madeleine Delbrel (1904-1964), an unconventional Frenchwoman, grew from precocious child to bohemian adolescent and from confirmed atheist to Catholic convert. A woman of great compassion and awareness, she was vigorously involved in the major social, political, cultural, and religious movements of 20th-century France. After her conversion, she founded an experimental community of professional women who lived and worked among the French Communists in the Paris suburb of Ivry-sur-Seine. A true humanitarian with a contemplative spirit, she came to love God intimately in the streets, cafes, subways, and people of Paris. Today Madeleine Delbrel is revered in Europe as both a social activist and a "secular mystic." Her "Cause for Beatification," the first step to sainthood, is currently under study in Rome.

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Published January 1, 1996 by New World Pr. 205 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In his first book, a cheery account of the life of a seemingly benign Catholic activist currently under consideration for sainthood, Mann never makes clear what was special about her. Delbrel did some

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Eventually she and two friends took up the offer of a pastor to live for free in a house in the Paris suburb Ivry-sur-Seine (which turned out to be a hotbed of Marxism) in exchange for their promise to ``live there and simply be present among the poor and working class neighbors,'' and Delbrel ev...

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