The Indian Advocate
, Devoted to the Interests of Indian Missions.
BEAR AND FORBEAR.
ImicIi others's burdens bear,
And thou shnlt surely share,
A home above;
From every deed refrain
That might gie others pain,
And nought shall then remain
Hut perfect love.
'Tis well we may not know
How deep the weight of woe
Which others bear;
Hut shouldst thou wish to bless
Each heart that's in distress,
And soothe its bitterness,
Bear and forbear.
FR. CROQUET'S SAINTLY LIFE.
"Go ye therefore, teach all nations, and behold
I am with you -all days, even to the consumma
tion of the world."
Throughout all ages of Christianity
from the time of the apostles downwards
it has been the custom of our Holy
Mother, the Church, to send forth
zealous missionaries to far and distant
lands to preach the gospel of Christ,
and bring salvation to poor sinful creat
ures wandering in the darkness of error,
knowing not whence they come, or
whither they were going on the un
known ocean of life, but wandering
hither and thither, impelled by cross
current of ignorance and superstition,
until finally swallowed up and swamped
,by the mighty waves of an unfathomable
and immeasurable' eternity.
"Life is like a mighty billow
Rolling on from day to day;
Men are vessels launched upon it,
Sometimes wrecked and cast away."
Among the many who have spent
their lives among the red Indians of
this country, the name of Father Croquet
stands foremost. He has been thirty
years a missionary in Oregon, attending
to a parish extending from the Columbia
River in the north, to the counties of
Curry and Josephine in the south; a:,d
from the Pacific Coast in the west, as
far as his horse could carry him in the
east, comprising an area 300x50 miles,
or about 15,000 square miles.
The Rev. Father Adrain Joseph Cro
quet was born on the 12th day of April,
ISIS, in a town called Braine-Lijllend
in Belgium, and within seven miles of
the field of Waterloo, so famous in the
annals of history. He is consequently
seventy-five years old. lie was ordained
priest in June 1844, and will celebrate
the golden jubilee of his priesthood in
the said month of the present year.
After spending sixteen years as a priest
in his native land he cherished a desire,
like St. Francis Xavier of yore, to devote
his life to the wants of the Indian, but
instead of going east, as did the great
Saint, he would feign come far west,
and for this purpose wrote to Archbishop
Blanchet, of happy memory, who occu
pied the See of Oregon at this time.
After succeeding in his entreaties to
come out here, he left his native country
and set sail for New York, in company
with l'abbe Chapella and his newhew,
M. Louis Chapelln who is now co-bishop
of Santa Fe in New Mexico. The trio
arrived in New York on the 19th of
September 1S59, and were met by Arch
bishop Blanchet and a host of Canadian
priests and religious who accorded them
a hearty welcome to the shores of Amer-
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