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Page 21 - This is the prevailing wish, this is the only desire of my heart to extend as much as lies in my power the dominion of the true faith which is now my joy and comfort. I desire nothing more; for this purpose I wish to return to my own country, in hopes, notwithstanding my unworthiness, to be the instrument of the conversion of my countrymen; and such is my conviction of the truth of the Catholic Church and my gratitude for the signal grace of being called to the true faith that I would willingly seal...
Page iii - Providence, which was preparing for me more precious advantages. " I embarked for Europe, and arrived in France, at the end of the year 1781. I remained there ten months, totally taken up in studying the language, in reading the best authors, and instructing myself in the principles of the Government. I was there attacked with a fit of illness, and as I feared...
Page 14 - I questioned them concerning the state in which they had been ; I informed myself of the nature and continuance of the illness with which they had been attacked, and the circumstances of their cures, which had been operated in an instant. I collected the evidence of those to whom they were known ; and after all these informations, made with the greatest care, I was fully convinced that the reality of each one of these miracles was at least as well proved as the most authentic facts.
Page 8 - I may possibly have conceived some false notions of your religion, as all the knowledge I have of it is taken from the report of its enemies ; if this be the case, I wish to be undeceived, for I would not entertain a prejudice against any person, not even against the devil. Yet do not think of converting me, for certainly you will not succeed.
Page 12 - ReJigion, if after mature reflection I could not answer their arguments : for I was resolved, whatever proof was brought against me, not to make my abjuration at Rome, for fear of taking a precipitate step. Providence, ever watchful over me, did not suffer these delays which might have been fatal, but ordered various events which hastened my conversion : A work of Father Segnery on the Guardian Angel fell at that time into my hands.
Page iii - I nourished the desire, and formed a resolution of passing into Europe, to learn the languages which are most in use, and to acquire a knowledge of the constitution of states, of the manners, customs, laws and government of the principal nations, in order to acquire, by this political knowledge, a greater consequence in my own country, and thus to become more useful to it.
Page iii - ... of the principal nations, in order to acquire, by this political knowledge, a greater consequence in my own country, and thus to become more useful to it. Such were my human views without the least suspicion of the secret designs fii Providence, which was preparing for me more precious advantages.
Page iii - I feared it would be attended with serious consequences, my first concern was to forbid that any Catholic priest should be suffered to come near me, such was my attachment to my own sect. " After my recovery I spent three months in England, attentive, as in France, in observing the manners and customs of the country. I was desired to preach ; I complied ; but it being observed that my doctrine did not agree with that of the persons before whom I spoke, I replied that I had taken it from the Gospel.
Page 13 - But I must let you hear Mr. Thayer himself speak. " Such was my situation, when the death of Venerable Labre, and the miracles which 'were said to have been obtained through his intercession, began to make a noise at Rome, and to become the subject of every conversation. Notwithstanding the instructions which I had received, and the lights which I had acquired, I was no ways disposed to credit the public reports concerning this truly extraordinary person. Of all my prejudices against Catholics the...
Page 16 - I may live and die in the true Religion of Jesus Christ. I am sure that as there is but one true God, so there can be but one faith, one religion, one way of salvation, and that every other way which is opposite to this, can only lead to endless misery. It is this faith, Oh my God, which I earnestly desire to embrace, in order to save my soul.