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“ Our cause is in the hands of God; but human means are His instruments in the government of men, and the forwarding of events that sway man's destiny. In this other document, you will find the course proposed, and submitted to your approval. Circumstances favour us, as you will perceive.”
He read the document: the assistants expressed their hearty approbation.
“ It must succeed !” they exclaimed, simultaneously. With solemn energy the Provincial resumed:
“ Nay, say rather that it may succeed ; for who butt he Ruler of events can say 'must* with regard to the future?
We have traced probable events in their probable successions : the human heart, in its daily workings, has been our guide ; but anomalies may chance, and the link be broken. Our holy cause will then suggest the remedy: we must meet the exigence with the appropriate change of process.
“ The most salutary effect on the cause of Catholicity must ensue from that conversion. The father's conversion is but to diminish the difficulties of that of the son. Our all-important object is the conversion of the heir, and its probable results.
“ See the effect of a single conversion, even in the humbler walks of life! How the neophyte strives to multiply the grain of grace which he has re
* Strange, that the man should have used this very word himself, page 71. Inconsistency characterises the human mind more than mutability.
ceived ! Perhaps he has been a libertine: he forsakes, at our bidding, the haunts of vice. He is ridiculed, perhaps abused. Exhortation fortifies his fleshy heart: he stands firm. Then his manly fortitude appeals to some latent principle in the breast of some companion ; for admiration is often the secret of ridicule : the neophyte's example tempts to imitation.
Perhaps he has defrauded his neighbour : we require him to make restitution secretly, stating the cause of his justice, namely, his conversion. The receiver is moved by his arguments—the grace is often extended and multiplied. Again, perhaps he has calumniated a neighbour. His heart is fortified to make reparation. He is made to humble himself for the sake of his religion. He seeks the injured party ; throws himself at his feet and humbly begs pardon for the injury, offering to retract in the presence of the witnesses of his guilt. What an example to the world is this self-abnegation! How few can imagine it possible! And who can resist the sweet emotion produced by such celestial candour? Renewed friendship ensues ; the grain of grace is multiplied; whole families owe the grace of conversion to that effort, which is rendered easy to the human heart by the satisfying motives of religion, developed by a skilful director.
“ But in the higher walks of life, results are not the less certain for being brought about by different
Here education permits a greater power to be displayed in influencing the minds of men.
USEFUL HINTS AND FINAL HOPES.
To thoughtful men, example becomes a subject of thought : men reason on a change that appears so brilliantly for the better. Discussion is encouraged; human vanity fans the flame: the arguments of the neophyte come always from the heart, and therefore reach the heart.
“ But how vastly is their influence increased by the exalted rank of the convert ! As in the case before us, which we confidently hope for. A youth of talent, beauty, grace, and wealth, creates a sensation by his conversion : it becomes the world's rumour, the world's wonder. The execrable fanatics of the Press spread the fame of what they call a
perversion :' their alarm does our cause infinite service; for their abuse is understood by thoughtful men, and only gratifies kindred fanatics, as shortsighted as the writers themselves. Oh! how their stupid abuse does us good. In truth, the little they really know of us, compels them to resort to vulgar abuse; nor would we shrink, perhaps, from explaining all our means, if we could enlighten their benighted minds as to the glorious ends to which they tend. Yes, we have reason to be thankful that a jealous rancour is the first effect produced on these fanatics by our prominent conversions.
“ Their silent patience were infinitely less desirable.
“ Let us then pray that we may proceed as we have begun, to the end—the entire conversion of this land of heresy—once the island of saints. Humble instruments in the hands of Christ, servants of His Holy Mother, sons of Holy Father
THE DOOMED JESUIT DEPARTS.
Ignatius, let us march on, battling for the triumph of the Faith ; and, by our sacred cause, confident of victory."
On the following day Father Percival, otherwise the unfortunate Mr. Bainbridge, set off, en route for Rome, with the despatches, to the General of the Society of Jesus. He reached his destination some time before his pupil, now under the tuition of the redoubtable Valremy,
A FRIEND OF THE JESUITS.
CÓRRESPONDENCE-A NEW ACQUAINTANCE.
TAE PROVINCIAL OF FRANCE TO THE PROVINCIAL
Your admirable suggestion has been attended with results that seem to promise an outlet to our present straits. The youth has been introduced to M. Duplessis, our procurator ; for he is the person whom we have deemed most capable of counteracting the nefarious designs of the execrable Valremy.
M. Duplessis has done us good service before : he is a great friend of religion, and strives his utmost to second the efforts of its ministers. A man of wit and refinement; pretty regular in his attendance at confession and communion; in short, one whose worldliness tends to a good end, the good repute of religion. He takes a most praiseworthy