Dead Raymond Diocrès speaks after death

Dead Raymond Diocrès speaks after death.

Raymond Diocrès, a professor at the Sorbonne, he was a man with an universal reputation for learning and apparent virtue, died in Paris. Three days later, his coffin, beautifully adorned with the symbols of his profession, was brought into the cathedral with great solemnity, accompanied by his fellow professors, by a large group of students and clergy.

Hundreds attended the funeral service; innumerable candles were lit and prayers were offered for Diocrès by those who had admired the great knowledge and virtues of the illustrious deceased. But when the choir sung the passage in the Office of the Dead: ‘What are my faults and my sins? My misdeeds and my sins make known to me!’ which Holy Job lamented in Scripture, at which suddenly Diocrès’ corpse, lying exposed on its bier, moved before their eyes, sat up, and cried out in desperation which matched the despairation in his eyes: ‘By the judgement of God, I have been accused, judged and condemned’.

Having said this, he fell back, never to move again. Thus the world-renowned professor had hidden vice under the appearance of virtue. But God, who scrutinizes hearts, knew his sins and punished him for them.

The experience of this ghoulish phenomenon prompted St. Bruno to live a life that greatly rejected the pleasures of this world by founding a monastery in the Chartreuse Mountains, a home for the Carthusian Order. Hence the Carthusians became renowned for being the most rigorous and ascetic of all the cloistered orders. 

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