Fabiola; Or, The Church of the Catacombs (Google eBook)

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D. & J. Sadlier & Company, 1860 - Church history - 385 pages
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This is a great novel about the early church. It includes the percution of the church, the death of some martyers, and the conversion of a heathen girl named Fabiola. She is the main person in this book although she has many riches and her father gives her what ever she wants she is not happy.Her
Cousin agnes who is pictured as st. Agnes in this book is a christian, so is her slave syra and sabastine who is pictured as st. Sabastine who she wished to marry. She is always wondering why her cousin is so happy and even syra, she has a dreamin which she sees them together with a another blind girl who is a saint in a place where they are all happy ,while she is not and looks at them from afar off and cannot join them. She is later converted by her slave syra whom she strikes with a knife as a punishment for not praising her. Syra bears this patiently all she wants to do is convert Fabiola. Other saints are included. This is an excellent book one that you will read twice.
 

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Page 113 - I say to you, love your enemies; do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise on the good and the bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust."* We
Page 41 - that will never do. Our great Apostle's instructions to us are : ' Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good
Page 187 - of God, and the gate of heaven. And Jacob arising in the morning took the stone, .... and set it up for a title, pouring oil on the top of it."* The church or oratory, where the sacred mysteries were celebrated, was truly, to the Christian, the house of God ; and the stone altar, set up in it, was consecrated
Page 279 - if it had been a hermit's dell, while every eye was intent, watching the stealthy approaches of the sleek brute to its victim. Pancratius was still standing in the same place, facing the emperor, apparently so absorbed in higher thoughts, as not to heed the movements of his enemy. The panther had stolen round him,
Page 144 - themselves the catacomb or cemetery. Their walls, as well as the sides of the staircases, are honeycombed with graves, that is, with rows of excavations, large and small, of sufficient length to admit a human body, from a child to a full-grown man, laid with its side to the gallery. Sometimes there are as many as fourteen, sometimes as
Page 280 - fell. The arteries of the neck had been severed, and the slumber of martyrdom at once settled on his eyelids. His blood softened, brightened, enriched, and blended inseparably with, that of his father, which Lucina had hung about his neck. The mother's sacrifice had been accepted.*
Page 279 - The panther!" thundered forth a hundred thousand, in a chorus like the roaring of an avalanche.* A cage started up, as if by magic, from the midst of the sand, and as it rose, its side fell down, and freed the captive of the
Page 280 - He stood erect for a moment, brought his right hand to his mouth, and looking up at Sebastian with a smile, directed to him, by a graceful wave of his arm, the last salutation of his lips—and fell. The arteries of the neck
Page 145 - copied and published; but by far the greater number of tombs are anonymous, and have no record upon them. And now the reader may reasonably ask, through what period does the interment in the catacombs range, and how are its limits determined. We will try to content him, as briefly as possible. There is no evidence of the Christians
Page 278 - but the savage brute, as if a lion had been rushing on him, turned round, and ran away towards the entrance, where meeting his keeper, he tossed him high into the air. All were disconcerted except the brave youth, who had resumed his attitude of

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