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The Alchemy of Grace*

April 2, 2016

From the Inside Out


Nicolas Flamel (ca. 1310-1418, pictured above) looks like he could be St. Nicholas, with that full beard and impish face. In fact he lived long after and far away from the well-known saint. Flamel was a French scribe and manuscript seller. He also dabbled in alchemy.

Alchemists were those who, especially during the Middle Ages, experimented with various materials and procedures to turn ordinary metals like lead into gold.

Another dream of theirs was to discover an elixir of life—a potion that would provide eternal life.

Sir William Fettes Douglas The Alchemist 19th cent. “The Alchemist,” by Sir William Fettes Douglas, 1855

By the seventeenth century, legends had developed around Nicolas Flamel. Some claimed that he had discovered the Philosopher’s Stone, the alchemical substance that would turn lead into gold and produce the elixir of life.

But the only immortality he achieved is in print. Victor Hugo mentioned him in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and…

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  1. Thank you very much for the reblog, QWC! I am honored you found the post worth sharing with your followers. Praise God for his inspiration!

    • It was a good article, but I found the title most intriguing. Alchemy and grace don’t sound like they go together. At least not in my mind, but the title made me curious to read it and I was glad I did.

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