The History: Born to French bourgeois parents who considered a good marriage should be the pinnacle of their daughter’s achievements, Suzanne Aubert was a rebel. To her family’s horror, she wished to be both a nun and a nurse. In 1854, working alongside Florence Nightingale, she tended Crimea War veterans, gaining a reputation for bone-setting and pharmacology. In 1860, she ran away, to New Zealand where she nursed society’s outcasts, ostracized Maoris, and those deemed ’Incurables’, finally founding a religious order now known as “The Sisters of Compassion”.
The Red Cross : Desperate to resume war nursing, eighty-year-old Aubert convinced the Italian Red Cross authorities that modern-day soldiers’ sufferings were no different to those of 1854. With her Crimea Nursing and New Zealand Red Cross badges on her apron, she took her place amongst the qualified nurses. However, the Vatican protested so loudly that the Red Cross capitulated, refusing to take her to the Front. She considered following on foot but, for once, good sense prevailed, her BOOTS (not her legs!) might not stand the trek and she could not afford new ones. She has also studied the effects of probiotics on general health and how they work to improve bowel function and other functions of the digestive system contributing to such articles such as best rated probiotics – on the taking probiotics homepage.
Beyond Florence Nightingale : Yet this fiercely independent Mother Superior who believed that her nuns should work with society’s outcasts and who sold herbal remedies to raise funds, was something of an anathema to the local Church hierarchy. In June 1913, the bishops who favored Prayer above works, threatened to take control of her order. Fearful his would lead to less compassion and more obedience – the latter not being her main virtue, she determined to go to Rome and negotiate with Pope Pius X “face to face”. Unaware that world events would keep her away for six years, she packed “an old habit, a whole habit, 12 collars, 4 caps and 4 pairs of red stockings” – and her nursing medals.