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The morning star and Catholic messenger. [volume] (New Orleans [La.]) 1868-1881, May 31, 1868, Morning, Image 1

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TWi QUEEN OP TP.HE IEA.SONS.
S. a • . Da. 'awNAI.
11 Is divinel wheh the Highest hau made.
Tla5t bdys that He wsuught, till the day whm He e
Abi sabe owrwtu and around. n
mI tbb etrs os .paee, to its uttermost bondt. 
In bst m ea.pd tsleUievese smiled
O ite the oit bire like an innocent o . a
Thke theatater reoad e thf s worek of power:
Yet worldy bItar still, and a bdriger than thor.
And abrlht--tn. . ea bda madhd d He lhose h
A" de ý could mehat Ivable best. ft
To ext reasorcea the or posead.
Bit I ima of  rws of islntte hand. i"
~Whle&hs ad aland ever mast stand; ;
o perct, O pre, an Its such a atore.
The freshnessf u and the sweetnea of June,.
And the ware of its slonate neon.
* Mutleet A eptember Aerene,
r togs t match fr my ghraous Queen.
Or s dl cayare thune n.
n t heir Joaneoas when ar e gone
LO FAITIJ;
On a brio ht Otoberaeen aing, in the yea
She foot ofB--- street
wFon g who, d ,ld by the glowing · b
BYnhte of ethe nw oty hod left home
l82 there landed atm the foot of B- street a d
with eir , who, daazlad by the glowing so- l
counts of the new country, had loft home and k
friends-to seek assured fortune in a strange to
hlad.e~i ong them waes aoung couple, hav- bi
iaor their solace, two little n-the onell
s'in her infanoy, the other m tween three w
and four years of age; her exquisitlebeauty b
and 'joyous tmperament made her the delight a
of the pa angers, and her innocent prattle had o
served to lighten the heart of manyr a solitary w
young girl who had left jut such a -eushla t
maohree of a wee slter at home. o
Dennis O'Brien and his youngf -wife, Nora di
were of a better. stamp than the mority k
their feloow-pasaengers; and Judging from the c
provisiaons set upon their table, at meal-time, 81
which they wets always ready to share with Yi
their sick or more impoverished comrades, it Jo
was also evident that they had started from ne
their home with a heavier puree than geneally gi
falls to the lot of an Irish emigrant. to
This was true for Dennis,O'Brien had sold out at
a piece of land that had come to hin from his bi
father, who had received it as a bequest from ti
hie former lord and employer, for long years of t
such fidelity as is rarely met with beyond the h
boundaries of the Emerald Isle. t
Finding, however, that it would be impossible h
for him to cultivate and hold the land under hi
the oppressive rule of the English tax system, e
he wiely determined to gather his household hi
gods and try his fortune in the new ErtDorado, th
that offered such bright promises to the strong ai
of arm and brave of heart. se
To Nora, who had seen her father harassed fr
for a long series of years, and finally crushed 0
under the hard hand of his landlord,-this re- it
solve was welcome- and, having only the w
graves of her people to leave in her native bi
land, and being proud and aspiring by nature, tl
she gl onded the of her husband S
and followed him with a joyful heart, full of
golden dreams, to the ship which was destined at
to put the wideocean forevermore between her an
and the beautiful isle of her childhood's home. w
She had never felt a motne;t's regret for her hi
choice until the time cate for hine hg the shipt;
but, owingto the delay of muking a good land- sl
ing, in consequence of the crowded state of the p
shipping port, night had gtt herd around them, ci
and the faint twinkle of the city lamps only w
served to make the dlrknces more visible, and et
the unknown labyrinths of the city more dan- ft
gerous and uninviting. In spite of all these et
tears on the part of fl the womnen,.the order hi
hall been imperative to "rclear the ship," and
Norea clung in terror to her husband, question- h
aing ae how and where of tner futuire course. m
Just then, the captain, who had been wona p
to the parents through the magic charm of the i
little Kate, stepped up to whore they stood, ft
and settled all difficulties by offering to accom- i
panythem on shore and conduct them to "a t
private, gentoeel boaing-house, that was kept h
by one of their own countrwomen. t
Thus, all fears and evilt orebodings were set v
at rest; and, in an hour's time, Nora felt, in the
comfortable room alt oclean boe, as safe and as i
much at home as she had done in the ninety o
days that she ihad bnn sleeping to the lullaby p
of the restless, moaning sea.
The means that Dennis O'Brien brought with S
him, together with his industry and persover- o
ance, soon opened opportunities that gave
hpromise of It rich harvest of futlure success. "
Ten ,years, with all tile marvelous changes
that comac to a thriving commercial city, had
passed, anud on a New Year's eve we meet again p
our v,,ung iriends of the golod ship Robert a
Emmet. Dennis O'Blrioen enters a neatly fur- i
nished room in one of the low, French houses, s
thei tthe ruling style of arclitcctlort, hut. which
w.rei taginning to give way 1otlore the en
croalhing nmiglht of bricks andl morttr; for the s
people were rast emnerging ftront the old Spanish 1
:antli French idea, that thre foind:ttions of the
city were too weak and watery to support any
thing more"i Tivittttl thad a one, or, at -the
highest, a two-story structurteof light wood.
It was through; this innu,vation-through the
money valne ot hricks--thatlhennis adachieved I
such a fortune in a few years, an a long life of I
toil and privation never have brought to
eve, he not-yy atteck one by
the .into which he had devel
oped,6 but expresslon of his
con , h spoke eloquently of a eon
cheerhfithieart.
N met Nith little Nellie by her eMe
l in fok pay texture and style
,ret fal mte uplerustic gamen
she had toif ght,handae mMet tanoth wen -i
for y. in her own a She
hsveloe a would-be t I
re an thnhe big bgly with rte ptacid
t hf :ear a Laee:
You look ppyto-nht, Dennis," aid
his-witfe "h or mt wh other wondeg
ful streat or . • _
"Welln es, I believe I have; but I think it
is mo he talk I have just ad with Father
K n than the big brick contract itself,
t has made my heart so light, and my face
an index to that same."
" Talk with Father Kendleton!" exclaimed
Mrs. O'Brien ; "I'll engage, their, that money
was at the bottom of it.
" True for you, Nora, but what better cati I
do with the money -that the blessing of God
has sent me than to give a part of it to help
His cause in this. great, growing city, whidh
has lots of houses for everybody but His woar
'Then you have a contract," said Nora, "to
build a church "
"Not exactly," replied-Dennis; "because you
see they ean'traise money enough for-anything
better than wood; but I have given my mite
for that, and Father Kendleton was ind
enough to amy that it was abig lift to begin
witT, and wid the help of God, by -next
Christmas, Camp street should have- cehurch
of the blessed St. Patrick big enough to holdall
who were willing to oome ito her fold."
"And so your pocket lightened of a thousand
dolla is what you are green enough to call
your good foratune, id Mrs. Ofoen,, in no
very complacent tone; "and I suppes yoa'li
keep on givin to every gsroon that asks you,
until there isn t a cent left for your family to
bleas themselves with."
"Never fear that ams, Nora dear, foz
what goes to God and the poorwill always
bring a blessing, and if it dont come-in the
shape of money, it will be sure to take some
othey form, just aa the Kelpies do at home,
when one shape is safer than another. Lis
ten, pow," continued Dennis, "to the big
ontract which -is going to pay back a hun
dred fold what I gave -to the Church and the
orphans. You must inow that there is a great
lot of people coming in here from the Northern
States, and they bring with them what is called
Yankee enterprise andthough their ways ain't
ust as soft and pleasant as the French man
ners, yet they are the people to make things
grow, and raise this city to the place it ought
to takie in the nation, wth its great commercial
advantages. They laugh at the old low, frame
houses, and declare that they will prove that
there is foundation strong enough for some
thing better; so a company of these spirits
have put their heads together, and projected
two large rows of three-story brick dwelling
houses, and I have the contract to furnish the
brick for this scheme, and a nate little sum I
expect to make of it; and who knows, aeushla,
but when these fine houses are finished, but
that your darling wish may be gratified,
and you may stand across the street and
see shining on a big silver plate on the
front door of one of them the name of ' Dennis'
O'Brien,' and sure if his name is on the outside,
it's his pretty little wife that will be living
within. But come, put on your bonnet, and
bring little Nellie, and we'll go see the shops
that the French have fixed -up with beauty
enough to take the eyes out of the head of a
and pin that you can find, and we'll get a lot of
sugar pluin and toys to take to our little Kate,
when we go to the convent to-morrow to see
her."
Unider the influence of her husband's gay
spirits, the prospect of the grand house, and
ipromised jewels, Mrs. O'Brien's frowns had
changed into happy smiles, and she went gladly
with Dennis out into the gay throng that
crowded Royal and Chartres streets, to see the
fairyland that French genius and taste had
evoked to celebrate the New Year. Unlike her
husband, this woman's nature was spoiled by
prosperity. It only served to fosterthe plebian
love of ostentation and personal aggrandize
ment which. under lessffavorablecircumstances,
might never have developed. These elements
in her nature struck at the root of every sacred
feeling and principle and these she hel4 only
in subservience to wiat she considered- the -
terest of her own and children's future. Her
husband had watched with pain these evil
tendencies, but trusted to the Indulgence with
which he met her every wish to see them give
way to a better and more natural state of teel
ing. But Nora O'Brien had marked out her
own course, and was bent upon reaching the
pinnacle to which her husband's growing
wealth, in this democratic land, could raise her.
L So, taking advantage of the day and easy mood
of Dennis, before retiring for the night, she, with
many cajolings and lovin ways, presented the
pctition which, as she te'led it, was to be her
New Year's gift.
"You know, Dennis, that I am not altogether
i pleased with Kate's progress at the convent,
t and I think it would le so much better for her
health as well as her studites, if you would con
, sent tolet her go to nladanme Figaro's, in New
l York. Besides, she will haveu the hest class of
- associates there, and the atlvantuage.onf dancing
e school, and lessons in politeness that will fit
Ih her for the society I intend her to mingle with
e when her educationl is finished."
y " I don't see, Nora, alana, with the exception
e of the dancing school, but that the good nuns
can teach her all you have named, and what is
e of far more consequence, will preserveher from
d lting her faith, which is of more nmlportance
i than the aimrs and graces of a silly fa-hionable
sehooL 1%
alaher -san's show a pedigse
toeato ts u ` erienra, and attpe
owetbod esame a salidesiag
un f yOU to disquali them now; fer
if hada b for- them, you world bave
at pour thout at irvic inateid' fb
rzltz littleclarkees, dealing out
and rilbeit, that you were when I first met
Le' t b ne, be b egonres Denls," aasweted
orat." Idon't frget what I owe to'the geed
aunsn bat what was wellenough bra poor gia
Seo try wherdishe .puld nevrer ri abovher
bfrthia i lttIng for the daughter ot acns
hwe Mwlth can -place her wherehe will i n
thisl of equality. Of course, I -would do
nothing to risk the loss of her faitlf but how
can that be when she has mdq her first cosp
m-nion, been well instructed, and-n go to
chareh every Sunday with a Catholio tseher
who.tles speclalarge of uch psls" .
Theseargaments a•d izany more ,l Briea -
used w·it h suck so y and persuasive
as to atl - er point, and in the fol
owing p gi te was sent in charg of a
and placed- with her -laugter at
ladame Figatr'., to acquire, asher father said,
" foreiga airs and native graces."
CmarrE1, IL
Three yeas, with their alternate extremee of
gay dissipated life, followed by a visitation of 1
he inevitable. Reaper that so ruthilesly mows
alike the feiryqungiweand thegnarled oak,
at eia too, 1een earth is most radiant in ,
her beauty; when the bow o proaie hangs in
the heavens,and the sheen of its beauty radi
ate the heart; three years of such lights and
shadows have passed over oar -.fiend and- the
little emly l has escapAd the dan cloud
and sits trupn y under the goldden i
of ninterrptd prosperity though two.
those seasons double pestilence li( vl
the city. Cholera and fer had striven r y
the mastery in numbers of -victims, and when
one spared the other ruthlessly strack down.
All busy, outdoor life was suspended. save
such as ministered to the wants of the sick,
and- the-last oAles for the dead. -Priest andt
physician and nurse knew no longer any dis- I
tinctios between day and night, for their min- I
istrratiois Were needed regardless oftime. All I
throlh the dark, weird hours of the night, the
silent watcher by some ying couch heard the.
roll of the vehicle that bohere them to the side of t
those they weke toocomfort, to save, or per- L
chance to lose. Only the house of prayer was t
sought by the- living,-either-to supplicate for I
some precious life struggling in the balanee, or e
as a resting spot for the dead` ere the tomb d
should shut them -ut of sight forever. On i
every side " Rachel was crying for her children I
and found them not." At every turn the pale, 1
tear-dimmed eye of the lone widow looked at c
you through her drapery of woe, and the orphan 3
cried in/ vaiin for the hand that had given them t
bread and the hwearts that had loved them. I
" ie profasdir ul Ie clesari," went up in one in` f
easeant wail to God, and still the scythe mowed I
ceiaselessly on, and the Reaper bore away his t
spoils for eternity. Who that had passed i
through a visitation like this could believethat t
the heart couldever again rally and look upon a
life as anything but a vast charnel house ? And I
yet, oh facile, wavering humanity ! in a few f
months the habiliments of grief gave place to a
gorgeous apparel, the wail of mourning to I
sounds of mirth, the pageantry of death to the I
trappings of gay and bus V life, and the slow
and solemn tread that h]ad followed the dead t
to their last home, kept time to the merry
sounds of viol and Into, send thus "nil the clouds i
that lowered upon our houer, were in the deep t
bosom of the ocean buried."
Mri. O'Brien. in these three yearst, had real- u
ized her fullest hopes, and it now the mistress f
of one of the most elegant residehnee in the f
city. Possesseed of a guood mind, a laiu edu- f
cation, and that great lever to alt aspiring o
woman, tact, she had so u edl these advautage, t
as to make for hetself a position that years of n
study under a regular maitresue de (eremonle p
could never have obtained for ber. Her pro- o
vinelalisma had died out, and nothing but a ii
slight accent now remhined to make the con- fI
trast of the past with the present visible to v
those who met her for the first time as one of
the rising stars in the galaxy ofthe noueamu h
riche. Dennis was not so pliant a subject in the f
hands of the graces, for an occasional Hiber- b
nianisni, spite of his wi'if's training, wouldstill a
escape him; but his handsonme physique; bluff, n
hearty manners, and noble, honest heart, made a
him a favorite and welcome guest whenever he t,
consented to accompany his wife in her round n
of fashionable gayety. Kate O'Brien -had re- ft
turned early in the winter from school, and re
alized more than the promise of even her early a
beauty and her ambitious mother had inmaugu
rated her debut by an entertainment that b
rivaled in expense and splendor any thing that d
had yet been seen in the -city, and left not a
loop hole, for even the most fastidious, where- ti
with to cavil. At one bound Kate reached the a
throne of reigning belle, and the soft inson
aiance of her life, the endless strain of flattery, a
combined with natural inertness and want of tl
force, soon made a wreck of the principles that a
linked.her faith and pietywith the teachings of fi
her early convent home. A girl with so much o
beauty and presumptive wealth, coull not be I
long without suitor., :and Kate (I'lIrien proved C
no exception to this rule. Among the ninny y
aspirants, the one pre-neminiently favored by t
mother and daughter, was a, Mr. L'ewrt, a t
"rising man," who spent the inter Illonths in a
New Orleans as the representative of a large I
commercial hotuse of C- . I lladsmne in per- t
son, engaging in matnner Mrs. O'lri,'n wascon- 1
tent to look no further, ult at t once charmled
loth the young people lby givilg lher consent r
to his suit. But not so DIenis O'Blrien. With a
larger knowledge of hullmuan Ia:ture, And a
quicker intuitive sense of lurking danger, he s
foutnd the man to Ie natrrow-minded, self-opin- I
ionated, domineering, and Iigoted on every
point that clashed with 4iis own preconceived a
opinions. So, when Mrs. O'Brien urged him to 1
withdraw his objections, in consideration of I
the feelings of his daughter and her own wishes,
. wa n;  ..e  At t her
lwilngo her abbenoe
bik ' hros site leaves
'ened tgotry, of tM t ha n to
Stk,a reasons h maw
Sme ommeent e to nltt! to
I see no Mr. Stewart me at he
s"n the Eplses Church, and
h I elaJlmngto be a member.of a, he
e o ta e maeb to eroes her in a mat
th ,Iýt eo
"I w d t tuiSbf, broke inDenis, "far
th irthalne ouldsre t'him. H mayy blind you
with hias oai g t but he is at
think it a virtue to snateh any sol from what
he believes to be the damnable b npcte. of
Wb , j Denbis," 'sid Mrs. O'Brien, quite
all , "did you ever hear him say anything
of thet ou t" -
"N I can't say did; but others ve, h wheli
therd was nothigtobe lost libeY ld i
true seuntmenti. Beside thiasHe tc
myan losely, and I kndir that rhatever
donrta it h eis bet hgei te, and y ees sght as
w be whting i to mis as ever to
hob to movehim m ofhis pbdicee 
mpt words were oaseles;in hir as in all
ilDennis O'Brien was orrnled-by the per
sistenc'of his wife, and the' id fane end
an spirits of his beautifhl ohild. There
little care taken in-that'cay by some
Cathollesto exat promises theyhad notet, in
this country, realied the ngerof such man
risge and where therotestant element was so
reominant, it was s hipesgible to prevent them.
Iwasrat a su qent period that the abuses
growing out of want, of case, madatie preo
sent dlisiplineinpeat  ve l neesary. Whether
the effect of the gloomy forebodigs of her
husband, or the conviction of her ownd utal
tilled duties as a conscientions nmother, in re
garding only worldly considerations in the
trainng of her child, weighed upon Nora, cer
tainit is, that rs. O'Brlen felt an uacoonnt
able restleseness and senose of gloom, as the
time approached for the consummation of her
dauighter's marriage. She turned with more
earnestness than Ahe had felt for many a long
sday to pyer, and sought eonportunity to
hold aneimpressive uure.a tonwith Kate upon
her new dutiest and the necessity of keeping
her faith and its practice inviolate under all
circumstances. But what is precept to the
young without example; and Kate O'Brien
though moved through her sensitivenesis, by
her mother's earnest words-yet she could not
forget how secondary religion had been deemed
in all the previous relations of her life. The
world, with its golden calf idol had been the
vestibule through which her fseet had walked
to the temple ofy (od. But she made no allu
salone to these natural suggestionbut quieted
her mother's fears bypromises to be more faith
ful and serious in the future. Her father also
spoke to Mr. Stewart on the subject of perfect
liberty of conscience for Kate; and he received
his suggestions in an amiable, light sort of a
way, saying as a reply, and termination
to an unwelcome subject:
"Have no fears, r.w O'Brien, for I dare say,
in a few years that Kate and I will be both of
the same mind in this matter."
A very equivocal rejoinder, but one that the
upright honest heart of Dennis, inteor ted
favoraby. Under the illusion, then, of a
future, preparations for the wedding went joy
fully on, and the beauty of the bride, the eclat
of its magniAcence, compensated the weak nia
ture of the mother for all past anxieties, and
made the parting hour less painful than either
parent bad ever dreamed, by any possibility, it
could be. Thus, how often we lull ourselves
into fatuonus hopes, when the cloud that is
freighted with destruction already rests on the
verge of the distant horizon.
When quiet was once more restored to the
house, and things had assumed their wonted
form and place, husband and wife sat, each
buried in thought, watching the movements
and expressive countenance of their sole re
uaining child, as she busied herself fastening
a ribbon around the neck of a petkitten. She
too, was beautitli, and as she suddenly jumpe
up, and ran out of the room after the cat, her
father turned round to his wife and said:
"It would be a fearful thing, Nora, if the
soul of that child should be lost. Beauty is
certainly one of God's gifts, to be thankful for,
but, somehow, I wish He had given my chil
dren less-of it.,
"Why, Dennis, love, how gloomy you are! I
think the career of our Kate, thus far, ought to
make you hopeful for Nellie's future, likewise."
" I don't see things as you do, Nora," gloomily
aziswered Dennis. "This fine-lady, fashinable
training requires a strong wind, and plenty ofw
religion thrown in, Rsa ballast to keep a soul
from going to pieces under ft; and that little
one binls fair to follow in her sister's steps.
I'll tell you what it is. Nora," continued Mr.
O'Brien, with great vehemlence, "you have had
your way aLilut Kate, and I was weak enough
to give lamy counscience in your keeping; ,but, by
the .powers, 'l11 not do so again! Nellie shall
stay at the unvenilt until her schooling is done,
fihe anuters tor coarse ; then, if she forfeits in
the future her lights and graces, I, at least, will
leefree flrom self-replroach, whicl is more than i
am ,unw, by the aine token, nwhen 1 think of Kate
under the influence of her bigot of a husband.'1
The fhther's fears were, ut without founda
tion. Nellie, now nearly itfteen years old, pos
sessed more intellect idl foirce of character than
her sister, while her beauty wias :.lso of a more
delicate spirituelle type. Already she manifested
a spirit impatient of control, and one that was
both ambitious and aspiring; while she lacked
the softer and moro affectionate dispnosition of
ate.
eMit yt ": 001-n-edte
at heart it was the daoatmWSidi
at gad iof her own teasi had be.
ka morm than she earsdtoaoknowl..
es ath Bea bao taken the Plhema tion to glia
td ;Kate R letqir of iitdn4uotUom to the Bishop r.
"te '---, Whomn o had met and nt.rta ned a
Aner the de oorde ourd tat he might mt
pbeosl- e rJon iretl isoted o from li nmmbet
oo dpdwith ee ownn temnrmam, hd ashe dLb ,
i -eit The bslhop-underto h ebn hgbe,
and inhave thef whole protis to w his ok o
a e1_ intbeCoownt in
- After the death of or when heo th
r- apostle Bt. John refixed to Ephesus, wham .
n hefedhis bode. Whilepn g through
t him, e8rtalntein pnAIa , he or alrso
Id the a owd who wore listen ving to is dl-
'I course, a young man 'air et sand a .-
posse whsg a-l pepaae. - f- whom ,a u-.
hialved so deep an nterest, that he con
yonaed himn to the especialre of the bishop
.of thw place,d inhim, In Ath. presaec tr
, Christ, and before this aonreamtion, ler
e neatliy recommend this yoaung rsma teym
heFe. The bishop fe dertook theand w ge -
dr and in fulfillment of his promise took the
younu gman into, his own, ouse, and in
nowned forii in tviole principles of ruety and
Sthrough the lo save e townof G ; and, when he
r. him, suficiently prepared, he first hentized
d and then concludrmed, hi.e Believing tthe
*e be now capable of self-gut t1 i t c bba .
Srelstored hi wat whclne over Chrid left
l him more toMA- own- devices, But the
e young man abused the confidnpetO wh-c
te apostle's inquiry and referengee Into
money whichto had a dissipated and to
r lyountilg mant lengt, I solemnly delivered t
ar vat rg he mt nois his soulnd t s of ma
1-Then the bishp with downcast emes meam
- in wlineds. Fina ly at the h dea di
" most reckles is deand to bad, repdolied amongthe bh
e became -a professgated bandit, and was rob
nowned for his violene anduruehy. and t ske
Strouthe mountaimewith ompamons as wied
Sfair wthere concludedrds the aaid to the nthi
u "1Restore me that whichlJesus Christ aeýI
n committed to yor exeedping in presear c
the Churcstinh." The bishop at first thogis brow
the potle' inq elsiry had reference to rua
witmone awhstonic hadeent when, insted to hattempt,
iand was at a loss to know his mlifean heg cried
our chare: it is his soult I amI skcome;of ymetou.
youren the ishop, with downcast eyes and
he die " inquired the aostl e t.
t "He is dead to God," replied the bishop;
1 "lie is a profligate, an ontcsat, a robber;
he has forsaken-the Church, and taken. to
I the mountains face with companionmes as wcke
sfu himselfon. Unmindf" l of his age and i
At these words the aged himsaint rent his
Sgarments, utteraned an exceeding bitter cy
and striking his hand . pon his broew,
SFeTruly," heing, exclaimed, " a trusty gardis ye
pl have Iprovidedfor trepee soulof my brothere is yet ope"
Then, calling wil nstanswetly for a horse and a
t guhride, he rode way attired asmy life for y
the mountain. Scarcell. Only had he reacked
the haunt of the robbers, when he ayou."
Heizednbythe sentinels, who were struked,
t with astenishmentwhen, instead of attempt
young man stood stilr l, for his lie, he cried
on thie ground thenam come; lead me his
givenyour captahidin."gNo sooner however, didhis right
thullie with o m any crimes. St. John, than
hewondrfl condes facewith shame and rna
fell fusion. Unmindfulees beof his agekiss and inthe hand
whties the saint pursued him, cryingafterhim
assured again: "and ag son wh do the Divine
pardony from your fat heraying for him, le
hi nd nsake d old somean tHaime pityhe ie
Fearnothing, 0 my childm Themr is y;t
place for rtipentnce-; there is yet afope- o
salvation courwill answer for you to Jaffet
I Christ; I will willingly give my life for you,
asng wHegave His for all. Only comeid hek;
it is Jesus Christ who sends me to you."
SHearing himself thus address him ed, the.
young man stood still, with his eyes fixed
onmunion of the ground; then throwing away his
arms he trembled and burst into tears.
ticipaen the aoste came upo the penitent
Dofthrew noimat despise feet, mplonsideng fringr-ring
giveness ; hiding, however, his right hand,
a sullied with so many crimes. St. John, with
wonderful condescension and tenderness,
J fell on his knees before him, kissed the hand
which tihe other still eudeavorenl to conceal,
assured him again and again of the grivine
pardon, Laord, earnestly prayin for him, led
him, as in triumph, into tine Church. For
his sake jic tarried sonic time in tihe place,
: praying and fasting with him and fur Ihiu ;
Scomnfortinng him with marks of sweet aflisc
tion, aind encouraging him with innost affect
Sing words of sacredi Scripture. Nor-did-he
,Iculve him until Ine hannd restored him to UNi
un co,,mmnion of tie Church, and to the par
e- tridpatiosn of the Holy Sacrament.
A l)o not -despise little thidngs, considering
,f how incapable you are of doing greater
ones.--Lacordairc.

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