Performance of The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc by Charles Péguy

Source: FSSPX News


“May God hear the prayers of the Saint of Domrémy and our own, and give the world the peace to which it aspires!”, was the wish expressed by Benedict XVI, on the evening of August 19, on the occasion of a performance of the Mystère de la Charité de Jeanne d’Arc by Charles Péguy, in the Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, in front of around a hundred people.

“The performance of this work this evening seems to me particularly timely”, said the pope. “Indeed, in the international context familiar to us today, in the face of the dramatic events in the Middle East and situations of suffering caused by violence in many parts of the world, Charles Péguy’s message in The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc, remains a most profitable source of reflection.”

“In this extremely rich text, Péguy was very skilled in conveying Joan of Arc’s passionate cry to God, imploring Him to bring to an end the wretchedness and suffering she saw around her”, explained Benedict XVI, “thus expressing man’s anxiety and search for happiness.” “Through a profound reflection on themes ever present in contemporary thinking, we have been introduced into the heart of the Christian mystery”, he added.

The pope warmly thanked Mgr. Bernard Barsi, the archbishop of Monaco, as well as the archdiocese who were responsible for this “felicitous idea”, in collaboration with the ambassadorship of Monaco to the Holy See. He congratulated the producer, Jean-Paul Lucet, for “having succeeded in bringing out with great restraint, the essential elements of Charles Péguy’s masterpiece”.

In the Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, only a wooden esplanade illuminated by lighting effects, sometimes accompanied by background music, had been installed. The three actresses, Pascale Chemin, Delphine Haber and Françoise Seigner, dressed in costumes which were sober, but at the same time, emphasizing their contrasting characters, followed each other on the stage solemnly reciting Péguy’s verses. “I heartily congratulate these artistes who have given us such a high quality interpretation, putting not only their professional talents at the service of the text, but also their own interiority,” the Pope said.