In 1708, Marie Adelaide of Savoy was married at the Palace of Versailles to the Duke of Burgandy at the age of 12. The marriage was part of the Treaty of Turin when her father promised to support the 9 year war of France.
She brought great joy to her uncle King Louis XIV. She had three sons. Two died and her youngest became King Louis XV.
She died at the age of 26 from measles in the Palace of Versailles. As she was dying, a maid exclaimed;
“God cannot deprive you of life so soon! You are too precious to the nation.”
The duchess replied:
“I am a princess today”,
“and will be completely forgotten the day after tomorrow.”
How true were her words. Her husband died six days later of measles too. Royalty and money cannot deter death. Life is short. Death is Certain. Eternity is forever. Where do we want to spend it? Hell or Heaven. Let us decide today to be traditional Catholics, go to confession with sincere sorrow and allow Jesus Christ to save our souls from damnation.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.