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470 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
bout the ceremonies of our holy Church. Did you not find
"I certainly found them," she answered, "and I found a
great deal more! Father, it was an unseen Providence that
led me to you. I have been restless and dissatisfied with - j
my own belief for a long time. I have often listened to
x my own father in the pulpit and my heart would not agree
with his words. He is dead now and I hold his memory
the most sacred thing on earth. I believe he would rise
up in his grave, if it were possible, to reprove me for speak
ing to a Roman Catholic priest. But he was a noble char- j
acter, a magnificent man. You would have honored him 4
if ycu had known him. Her voice broke, and she covered
her face with her hand for a moment; I was silent. I re
spected her feelings.
"Do not think for a moment," she resumed, "he would
have taught me willfully what was error. He did not know.
He was sure he was right."
"Then," I interrupted, "if he lived a sinless life he is
safe with God in Paradise. His happiness is for all eternity
and no doubt, through God's mercy, he has inspired you
to look into the faith that has never satisfied you and see
wherein you are disappointed."
"That little book has explained away a volume of doubts,
but not all; sufficient, however, to make me determine to
place myself under instruction with you Father, with a
view to become a member of your Church."
Here was the providence of God. Here was the reason.
Miss Wildman had been inspired to seek out a priest, not
knowing further than that she was seeking a namesake.
My mental vision swept the whole divine scheme like a
' 'My child, " I answered, "I can only thank the good God
who has so wonderfully led you to His Divine Heart. Gladly
will I instruct you, and give peace to your soul. We will
not delay an hour. Here is a little catechism. We will take
it, question and answer, and you will tell me your difficul
ties and your doubts as we go along. ' '