Henri Boudon

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Henri Boudon (b. 14 January 1624) was a 17th-century Roman Catholic French priest and spiritual author.


Henri-Marie Boudon was born 14 January 1624 in La Fère in Picardy to Jean and Antoinette Jourdin Boudon. His father was lieutenant of the citadel. After fifteen years of childless marriage his mother prayed for a child, which prayers became only more intense with the death of their first born shortly after birth. The town of Liesse is situated about 28 twenty-eight miles northwest of Reims. Liesse Notre Dame (Our Lady of Joy) is a center of Marian pilgrimage, and a favorite shrine of Princess Henrietta Maria of France.[1] On her way to Liesse, in company with her mother, Marie de' Medici, and sister-in-law, Anne of Austria, she happened to pass through La Fère on the day of the infant Boudon's christening. The princess agreed to be the child's godmother and he was baptized Henri-Marie.[2]

Shortly after his christening, his parents also made a pious pilgrimage to Liesse. His mother dedicated the child to Mary, Queen of Angels and invoked her protection of him.[2]

Boudon was a key figure in the French school of spirituality. "God Alone"[2] was his motto. His book Dieu seul: le Saint esclavage de l'admirable Mère de Dieu, (Only God, the Holy Slavery of the admirable Mother of God) was a key influence on Saint Louis de Montfort.[3]


  • Dieu Inconnu
  • The Holy Slavery of the Admirable Mother of God


  1. ^ Wedgwood, C. V. (1970) The King's War: 1641–1647. London: Fontana
  2. ^ a b c The life of Henri-Marie Boudon, (Edward Healy Thompson, ed.) London: Burns and Oates, 1880
  3. ^ Joseph Jaja Rao, 2005, The Mystical Experience and Doctrine of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort Ignatius Press ISBN 978-88-7839-030-0 pages 324-327


  • Henri-Marie Boudon, Dieu seul: le Saint esclavage de l'admirable Mère de Dieu, Paris 1674
  • Henri-Marie Boudon, The Holy Ways of the Cross St Athanasius Press, 2010 ISBN 0-9769118-7-6