THE LOST SHEEP by Henri Bordeaux


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A small story of forgiveness- human and divine- parallels the parable and tells of Dom Beranger, in a Carthusian monastery, who is the confessor and intercessor in the case of Melanie Corbier, sent away by her husband after her seduction by a shepherd Now after five years Dom Beranger persuades Corbier to take her back- if not as his wife, as a servant, to care for the house and the children. Corbier, hard in his Judgment and harsh in his treatment of her, finally softens- particularly when he realizes she will soon die, but the community continues to condemn the Magdalen in their midst. As Melanie lies on her deathbed, Corbier goes to fetch Dom Beranger to achieve a ""miracle"". There is a miracle, but it is one of spiritual absolution rather than physical healing, and Dom Beranger carries the message of the ""lost sheep whom he had taken home"" to the villagers. Henri Bordeaux, who is firmly established in France- if less so here, is a Catholic writer of deep conviction- and it is toward that audience which this rebuke and revelation is directed.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1955
Publisher: Macmillan