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Page 22 - The Fathers of the college have heard their confessions, and today they approached the holy table at my Mass in the Cathedral church. Afterwards I administered to them the sacrament of Confirmation ; and in an allocution delivered after the ceremony, I rejoiced with them in their happiness and gave them the hope of soon having a priest.
Page 25 - Immediately the whole village was in commotion," wrote Father De Smet to his friend, Father Barbelin, " men, women and children all came to meet me and shake hands, and I was conducted in triumph to the lodge of the great chief, who had the appearance of a patriarch." Surrounded by the principal men of the two tribes and their warriors, the great chief, whose name was The Big Face, thus addressed Father De Smet : " This day the Great Spirit has accomplished our wishes and our hearts are swelled with...
Page 113 - Jesuits during their sway accomplished more than all other religious denominations. They brought the tribes of Mexico and California under the most complete subjection, and kept them so until their order was suppressed. And how was this done ? Not by the sword, nor by treaty, nor by presents, nor by Indian agents, who would sacrifice the poor creatures without scruple or remorse for their own vile gains. The Indian was taught Christianity, with many of the arts of civilized life, and how to sustain...
Page 73 - Mary's, has procured me much valuable aid in founding this mission, and has all along taken a lively interest in its prosperity. I know not how to acquit the debt of gratitude I owe this most excellent officer, and I can only pray, poor missionary as I am, that the Lord may repay his generosity and kindness a hundredfold in blessings of time and eternity.
Page 12 - Pieds-Noirs (Blackfeet), have received some notions of the Catholic religion from two Indians who had been to Canada, and who had related what they had seen, giving a striking description of the beautiful ceremonies of the Catholic worship...
Page 26 - I intended to pursue; and with what disposition they ought to assist at them, etc. Night prayers having been said, a solemn canticle of praise of their own composition, was sung by these children of the mountains, to the Author of their being. It would be impossible for me...
Page 36 - ... lately, the name of God was scarcely known, offering to their Creator their regenerated hearts, protesting that they would persevere in...
Page 21 - Eight or nine years ago (1831) some of the Flat-Head nation came to St. Louis. The object of their journey was to ascertain if the religion spoken of with so much praise by the Iroquois warriors was in reality such as represented, and above all if the nations that have white skin had adopted and practised it. Soon after their arrival in St. Louis they fell sick (two of them) called for a priest and earnestly asked to be baptized. Their request was promptly granted and they received the holy baptism...