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THE

JESUIT IN THE FAMILY.

A Tale.

LET

BY

ANDREW STEINMETZ,

AUTHOR OF

* The NOVITIATE; OR, THE JESUIT IN TRAINING. BEING A YEAR'S RESIDENCE

AMONG THE ENGLISH JESUITS."

Bast.-Brief, then; and what's the news ?
Hub.-Oh, my sweet sir, news fitting to the night,
Black, fearful, comfortless, and horrible.

King John, Act v. Scene vi.

LONDON:

SMITH, ELDER AND CO., 65, CORNHILL.

1847.

London: Printed by STEWART and MURRAY,

Old Bailey.

PREFACE.

TO THE READER, IN “The Novitiate" was exhibited the Jesuit in training. The present work is to display the Jesuit in action.

The Jesuit’s “ end” is the conquest of a soul, and all its contingences: his “means are every motivepower that can influence the human heart.

The Jesuit is impelled by a self-idea : but his selfishness is not the littleness of common men. It is something preternatural. It scorns the petty motives of other men, and seeks to rival Providence in its comprehensive grasp. It is a mortal's infinitude.

To the Jesuit all things are “indifferent,” except the " end” he has in view. That "end" of his endeavours may, with certain modifications, be common to the leaders of all professing Christians: but the main characteristic of the Jesuit is his tenacity of purpose — his determination to compass his “end” by all the means which he

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