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You insult me when you mock Asmodeus, don't you know that his fiancée was long my own dear daughter? The vir­gins are not all our enemies; many of them serve me without knowing it. I recommend that you invade their communities, that, above all. is where you ought to direct your weapons of war.I don't ignore the harm one perfect Adonai follower does to me, she brings in her train a great number of souls that ought to be ours. Well, then, direct all your efforts to distracting them with the noise of the world; above all, suggest to them that they absorb themselves in their own affairs; all humans have the weakness of self-love; you will find it even in cloistered commu­nities, and I assure you, my friends, it's my surest weapon for diminishing the love of Adonai in the hearts of all His nuns.... .Ah!... how they make me suffer, when they love their God! ! !.......... In order to prevent even one of these acts of love, I happily send my most powerful legions, for even if I don't succeed in damning the souls which Adonai possesses, at least I am proud of making them lose a little of their glory. (Despairingly.) Ah! As for me, no love, no throne, no glory!! never!!! never! 

ASMODEUS

If you want us to assault the convents, I'd advise you to form special legions from among the bravest of us. You, Luci­fer, will be at its head; then me, Moloch, Astaroth, Hermes, Ariel, Astarte, Beelzebub, etc., etc.

BEELZEBUB

No, I will not go; you mentioned me last, and that hurts me; besides, as I've told you, I detest the company of virgins... It's not that I fear them individually, but united with their God, they are as terrible as He, and then they have weapons to make me suffer; willingly or not, one must flee conquered by a woman with a few drops of holy water on the tips of her fingers...Ai! how that water burns... or one who holds out her cross (that instrument whose name it hurts me so to pronounce and that pierces me like a lance of fire). How shameful for us, angels of light whose knowledge far exceeds all that humans have learned since the creation of the world!... Go, if you will, on an expedition against the virgins, but I predict you’ll be defeated... Rather than abolishing the reign of Adonai, you'll increase it with martyrs that our enemies will place in tri­umph on their altars   Go, go. As for me, I will not take the shame of a defeat. I'll stay with my friends, the Freemasons.

 

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RP7 04r

   LUCIFER
 
If you don't take part in our glorious expedition, you’ll have no part in our victory.... I tell you I am the prince of this world; I must reign over even-thing. Christmas declared that the gates of Hell will never prevail against His Church, and al­ready my power holds prisoner Peter's successor; but that is not enough, I need a complete triumph; I will only obtain this tri­umph by destroying the convents.... Forward! Be strong, my friends.... To war... To war!!!....
 
ASMODEUS
 
With whom must we begin our expedition?
 
LUCIFER
 
Adonai's mother, Lilith, is my most mortal enemy; let's avenge ourselves on her by attacking her favorite order — Carmel, which the maléahks call the most perfect in the Church.
 
ALL DEMONS, with shouts and howls of laughter.
 
Bravo ... Bravo ... forward, forward, let's destroy the Church of Adonai.
 
THE NOVICES, terrified and falling to their knees.
 
O St. Michael! St. Michael, defend us, chain up the demons who want to destroy the Church and drive us from Carmel
 
[Scene 4]
 
Saint Michael appears, hovering in a cloud; at the sight of him the demons scream cries of rage and despair.
 
LUCIFER
 
Ah! woe to us, woe to us!... What are you doing here, Michael? Stay with your maléahks. Hell is not your kingdom but mine; I'm prince of Hell, as of the world, where you have no rights.
 
St Michael plunges his lance into the pit, Lucifer screams twice as high. Then THE ARCHANGEL sings what follows, to the tune of the canticle for the Sacred Heart: "Quand l'étranger," etc.
You who call yourself prince of this world,
You who want to make yourself equal to God,
You will remain in a profound night,
 
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You will remain in the abyss of fire.
And never believe, in your cruel folly,
That the Saints are going to retreat from you...
Damned serpent, the Church is immortal.
The Church (2x), you will see it triumph!... (2x)

LUCIFER

No, the Church will not triumph... and, how could it resist power?... I know that Adonai is stronger - than I am, and that is source of my eternal rage. But look at how little He cares His own glory, how He leaves His friends in humiliation... And too, count His own and you will see that their number is small... So. with my powerful legions, I am going to attack despicable handful of people, and shortly I'll be proven.. Then the evil my faithful servants already worship through the globe will become the sole law of the universe.Then, I'll be the conqueror and you will flee shamefully with your maléahks.

SAINT MICHAEL

If the evil ones have made evil reign,
There's more than one virginal heart
To console the Adorable Victim
And to form His royal following.
The chosen army surrounding the Lord
Is full of a noble valor.
Tremble, Satan, see your powerlessness.
Back... (2x) Christ is conqueror forever! (2x)

LUCIFER

I get a good laugh out of this virginal army of yours... don't you know that I also have some rights over it?... I am the prince of pride; for if the virgins are chaste and poor, what have they over me? I'm a virgin, too, and though I heap riches upon human beings, I despise them for myself as so much smoke... You're going to reply to me: and obedience, do you practice that, too?... Ah, Mikael, I'm as clever as you are... No, I don't obey willingly, but I do submit to God's orders against my will; the virgins may obey, all the while keeping their own will in the bottom of their hearts, they may obey and desire to command; what then makes them more than I?.. I know how to slip pride in everywhere and, if you don't want to believe me, look

 

 

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how much weightier it is than the virtues of your vir­gins... (In a triumphant tone.) Look... Look!!!....

Lucifer hangs a scale from the end of his pitchfork; on one side of the bal­ance are three white cylinders inscribed "Poverty, Chastity, Obedience"
and on the other side, which outweighs the first, we see three large black cylinders inscribed in letters : "Pride, Independence, Self-will."

SAINT MICHAEL, taking the scales.

I want to prove once more your folly.
Have you forgotten, serpent, infernal monster,
The humility of the Virgin Mary,
Who crushed you beneath her virginal foot?...
This virtue is still shining in the world,
Her humble radiance destroys your royalty.
Roll in the dust, monster of pride.
Get back (2x), beaten by Humility (2x)'.

While saying these words, St. Michaelplac.es a little cylinder inscribed "Hu­mility" on the balance with the vows and immediately the other side rises.

THE DEMON cries out in despair

I am vanquished... I am vanquished!... Enough, enough, Michael, torment me no more! I am vanquished!....

ALL THE OTHER DEMONS also cry out.

We are vanquished!...

We hear a rumble of thunder. St. Michael goes off and silence returns

[Scene 5]

SR. THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS

O my sisters! What a grace the Good God has just granted us!... We must go quickly and tell Our Mother what we have heard, we must tell her that now we know how to conquer the demon and, from now on, we'll have but one desire/ to prac­tice humility... behold our weapons and our shield: with this almighty power we will know, like new Joan of Arc, how to chase the stranger from the kingdom, that is, to prevent proud Satan from entering our monasteries.

SR. MARIE-MADELEINE

Yes, let's go to our Mother right away, but you are go­ing to do the talking,

 

 

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Sr. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, since I'm still trembling, and I'm afraid she may not believe us; she'll say we've been dreaming....  

 SR. MARIE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

That's true, after all, how upset we'll be if our Mother makes fun of us!.. 

   SR. THÉRÈSE OF THE CHILD JESUS  

On the contrary, we'd have to rejoice, since that would be a way to practice humility... but she will believe us. After receiving so great a favor. I feel moved to pray to the Holy Angels to come with us and sing to our dear Mother one of their celestial songs.My little sisters, just now you were heard, it's my turn to be [heard]...O Holy Angels, I beg of you, don't deny my request. Let us hear your voices, but don't show yourselves, so as to leave us with the merit of our faith. 

  The novices get up and go to seek our Mother.  

 [Scene 6] 

  THE ANGELS sing to the tune of "la Patrie des hirondelles", etc

 Refrain  

 You are (2x) the angels' sisters (2x), 
 O virgins of Carmel! 
  We sing your praises  
 On our Heavenly lyres. 
 You have (2x) such glory! (2x)  
 
 By your Humility  
  You'll gain a victory 
   For all eternity! 

 Verse  

 Fervent Carmelites, you desire
To gather hearts for Jesus, your Spouse.
Then stay forever little for Him.
Humility puts hell in a rage!..
 
 
The refrain is repeated.
 
 

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