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1.   eculiar beauty which is is so intimately associated with the thing- that proceed
2. han their name imports they are strictly " leg"endary," and may or may not be hi
3. as mattei-s of actual fact. Undoubtedly they are subappear, and does appear, co
4. appear, and does appear, con- stantially true, so far as being* a representation
5. far as being* a representation not only of what in its nature may tinually in t
6. only of what in its nature may tinually in the history of the mysterious interc
7. actual tails have not been sufficiently verified by vestig-ation to entitle the
8. r's mind without imposing unwarrantalily upon his credulity. As such, they are n
9. is credulity. As such, they are not only interesting and beautiful, but positive
10. nteresting and beautiful, but positively instructive. On care the minds of the y
11. with that nourishment which it ardently desires, and which it, it is most impor
12. ich it, it is most impor- tant to supply to realities in immediate connection wi
13. the invisible world, and not with purely secular romance and poetry alone. In so
14. III. The Vision of the Scholar . 15 . lY. The Legend of Blessed Egidius, or Gile
15. . . 67 75 XIV. The Convent of St. Cecily . 85 XV. The Knight XVI. Zulima, of Cha
16. mes of the stories of saints, can hardly fail to visit, among others, the Conven
17. h side at Santa Sabina. worn by the holy patriarch's feet on those daily visits
18. the holy patriarch's feet on those daily visits which we are told he paid to his
19. ; and whom the angels "left com-teously" (as one of his biographers says) You s
20. stand within the church itself; scarcely altered in its general features, though
21. rs have passed since he kept his nightly vigils and disciplined himself to blood
22. the faithfid. It is not a rich or highly-oiTiamentcd church. ISo long line of ch
23. and ag"ain whole chaptei-s of the early romantic chroni; : you In one the yoimg
24. es behind the altar, that those two holy brothers, in their short novitiate of f
25. ling ranks, sprinkles each one with holy water, and then returns to his place ti
26. eft the order, which had been regulai-ly established only four years previously,
27. ich had been regulai-ly established only four years previously, possessed of a f
28. y established only four years previously, possessed of a footing- in every count
29. olation and haj)pincss wliich those only who taste the like can undei-stand. Thu
30. the cross, &'«other the vessel of holy water, and the third followed orinkling
31. ater rej)lied, association. It is bnefly this when ; THE CHURCH OP ST. SABINA. "
32. r angels to them ; our business was only with this place." Then the novice perce
33. ccurrences we find recorded in the early clironicles of the order were related o
34. e order were related of one convent only, or on the evidence of one or two witne
35. su|iernatural in their kind; it was only that the brethren were tormented, now w
36. ble and alarming apjiaritions, specially in the two great Convents of Paris and
37. eso things ; the oldest and most saintly of the fathers were those who sufiered
38. -s, wore out tlie vigour of their bodily frames, while constant terror and anxie
39. tched day and night before the Most Holy Sacrament in uninterrupted prayer; but
40. for At length the subject was foi-mally laid before the General Chapter held at
41. ession during tlie Salce to be generally practised in every convent of the order
42. wing her head. Once she appeared visibly to the eves of many, standing in front
43. s " Et spes nostra, salce,^^ she gravely and sweetly bowed her head. And as they
44. nostra, salce,^^ she gravely and sweetly bowed her head. And as they sang those
45. came down on the altai", whicli suddenly became brightly illuminated and sun'oun
46. altai", whicli suddenly became brightly illuminated and sun'ounded by a vast nu
47. ng whom she sat enthroned, with the Holy Infant in her nnns. She list48. little Jesus, she made with it the holy sign above their heads and disappeared.
49. e interest attaching to it is not merely historical, but supernatural. It is not
50. whole country of Poland suffered greatly from the ravages of tlie barbarous Scyt
51. town of Saudomir, where tliey gallantly defended themselves against the enemy f
52. hers established at Sandomir a very holy prior named Sadoc, one of the first com
53. admirable a manner, that it was commonly said among the people of the town that
54. young man, with much simphcity, " I only sang what I saw in the book ;" and so s
55. Then the Divine illumination of the Holy Spirit revealed to Sadoc that these thi
56. -nine be but ourselves, for v.'o exactly make up that number ? To-morrow, theief
57. exile ; we will go there right joyfully, and welcome tlie blows that shall make
58. BLESSED SADOC. 11 our souls in the holy Bath of Penance; and in the morning we
59. silent pi-ayer before the altar, calmly and joylully awaiting the dawn of that
60. er before the altar, calmly and joylully awaiting the dawn of that day which the
61. he few citizens who assisted at the Holy Sacrifice marvelled not a little at the
62. when they would come and though possibly they felt something of a holy impati; e
63. h possibly they felt something of a holy impati; ence for their release, the lov
64. us discipline was never more wonderfully manifested than durin"- the long hours
65. ture could be marked to break their holy and unruffled tranquilhty. Only sometim
66. eir holy and unruffled tranquilhty. Only sometimes sighs and words of fervent de
67. "Let us go and bid farewell to the holy images and altars," said another ; " it
68. , bet'ore being translated to the Surely never had tlie celestial choir of the a
69. friai-s seemed to take no heed. Quietly and in order they formed themselves int
70. d gave the accustomed sprinkling of holy water. It was at this moment that tlie
71. nd revolting. They advanced tumultuously towards the kneeling fi-iars ; but for
72. the words of tlie anthem sung as clearly and as sweetly as ever: ^' Et Jemim heJ
73. ie anthem sung as clearly and as sweetly as ever: ^' Et Jemim heJicdictuvi frnct
74. on of ten-or. He rose, and turned to ily ; but a wonderful sign was given him wh
75. ds of the Tartars. So did these heavenly swans fly up to heaven, singing the pra
76. Tartars. So did these heavenly swans fly up to heaven, singing the praises of th
77. now fallen into decay, of a noble family but he had little of the pride of nobih
78. Groteschino, and other epithets equally flattering'. In order to complete the s
79. ons of despair, if he had not had deeply implanted in liis heart, by the care of
80. ble resignation, and a tender and lively devotion to tlie Blessed Virgin. If he
81. with a saddened heart, that he probably deserved the epithet; and that the care
82. the Dominican order, lie was so strongly affected, he understood so well the hol
83. affected, he understood so well the holy orator, tliat he imagined it to be the
84. fail for some time ; he W'as constantly hoping that one day he should surmount
85. jjationce, he ]je"-an to be, thoroughly discouiaged he thought he had been mist
86. aith of Christ and w liich consetjuently ought to be distinguished for science a
87. e wiitings, but whether I have done holy actions. At the same time, I am the mos
88. he same time, I am the most But His holy will be blessed. useless ot His sei-van
89. has no need of my assistance ; I rashly desired to plead the au^ist cause of Ho
90. esired to plead the au^ist cause of Holy Church, to propagate the Catholic taith
91. mple twelve ignorant Blessed be His holy Will I will go, then, fishermen. from t
92. rom this sweet cloister, where I am only a burden; and retiring apait, like the
93. remained fixed in his resolution to fly from the convent. He was too timid to c
94. that came out of his lips, it would only ])e received with mockery; and this he
95. y; and this he wished to avoid. The only confidante of liis determination was tl
96. : before her altar he prayed assiduously and tenderly for nine days, imploring h
97. altar he prayed assiduously and tenderly for nine days, imploring her support, a
98. h above all things he desired implicitly to submit. On the niglit fixed for his
99. . he prepai'ed to rise, lie was suddenly stnick by Was it a waking" dream, or an
100. , drawing* near to him, asked him kindly why he thus despaired and how he could
101. espaired and how he could resolve to fly thus shamefully from his convent, and t
102. he could resolve to fly thus shamefully from his convent, and to throw iiimself
103. great. rising from the ^ound, and humbly confessed his obstinate incapacity, whi
104. e You have in the light which comes only fi'om God. Queen of the world a protect
105. r which was nearest Hitherto he had only dared to ask tho to his heart. — : TH
106. that if he desired science, it was only for the sake of employing it for the gl
107. Virgin !" cried Albert, alarmed " I only ask to know what it pleases God I sliou
108. of sounding the secrets of Heaven I only desire, and that within the limit^s of
109. e of na; ture." answered the lady kindly. " It and full of perils ; and perhaps,
110. d all that man can discover of tlie holy mysteries of God. But your pmyer shall
111. t your pmyer shall not be rejected. Only in the pliilosophy which you so love, b
112. heard, all that he read, was immediately classified in his memory, and remained
113. who flom-ished at that time, especially charmed him, and He studied tlie admini
114. towards the Creator ; and as he scarcely departed at nil from tlie particular ca
115. ave little attention to what is commonly called learning though he occasionally
116. y called learning though he occasionally visited the l)ni]ding which the Paduans
117. thirty years old, he was so universally instructed in all that belongs to philo
118. r formed in its bosom ; and, accordingly, he was sent to Cologne to profess })hi
119. nded liy Charlemagne, had })een gr(>atly enlarged by Louis the Young, and g-ifte
120. n and morals, and therefore necessai-ily of the happiness of mankind. As soon as
121. rm and modest bearing presented a lively contrast to his vast genius, had been o
122. e Great, imconscious that they were only translating his name. He became so much
123. r already discerned in him that masterly genius which made him. one of the brigh
124. all their children who were born weakly or deformed those also whom they had no
125. old people who seemed useless. The Holy See, whose charity extends over the who
126. the duties of whicli oflice he worthily fuland then obtained fi-om Urban IV. le
127. in all the important atfairs of the Holy See. Ratisbonne ; filled for four years
128. ought he beheld her; he stopped suddenly in the very middle of a learned period,
129. ughtsi to prepai-ing- himself tor a holy death, whicli took place two years afte
130. ditt's. This During nobleman had an only son, named Eg-idius, who displayed from
131. sen the ecclesiastical state. T^nhappily, in making- this choice Eg'idius had ho
132. nding- himself wliilst still a mere only by interest. youth his own master, with
133. of mind, he used his saci-ed office only as a means of g-ratifying- iiis thirst
134. hole of that day. lie was of a strangely fascinating and winning address and alm
135. "wliich will bring vou far more quickly to your desired end tljan any you Lave
136. disciples pursued their dark and imholy studies As he drew near the spot with h
137. rawing their nourishment from its deadly contents, and scarce veiling the hideou
138. night, and Egidius sat alone in Suddenly the his chamber, surrounded by his book
139. , and found a scar indeed, but perfectly healed and cicatrised but the blow had
140. eep, and his days ahsorbed in melancnoly reflections. Distress of mind so prej'e
141. t; perhaps it contrasted with the unholy labours of his own solitary life. Every
142. ind in you a severe judge ; I found only a loving father, whose tears of pity jo
143. change ; of intention, received the holy habit with sentiments of the deepest fe
144. onvent of Valencia was then in the early vigour of its foundation. The brethren
145. ich Egidius foimd himself so wonderfully yet it proved at fii-st called. It was
146. t proved at fii-st called. It was a holy paradise a hard stniggle to a nature so
147. ncere; but the old man is not so quickly laid aside as to render so severe a cha
148. t Egidius bore himself well and manfully continued labour and hard austerities h
149. e, so long given to an idle and woi'ldly volubility, was now resti'ained with so
150. er; and to this spot I'^gidius would fly for refuge from his own tonnenting thou
151. wn ; and the unhappy penitent, so hardly tried, knew no better protection at suc
152. constancy fail. Exhausted with l)0(iily and mental suffering, he would drag him
153. he sweet and odoriferous oil of the Holy Spirit. One nig^ht he was at his usual
154. CHARTRES. 88 miracles, and the unearthly rapture into which the very sound of th
155. re into which the very sound of the holy Name or Jesus was wont to cast him, obs
156. im, observes " A strong;er magic, surely, wore these things, : than aug-ht that
157. died in the year 1265, being universally considered the greatest man of his orde
158. nd though are found in most of the early chronicles omitted by Touron in his bio
159. history ; an argument wliich can hardly be admitted as of much weight treating
160. e jiresent cathedral, in which the early Christians celebrated the holy mysterie
161. the early Christians celebrated the holy mysteries in time of j)er- ; 34 CATHOLI
162. these children there was one especially remarked as being- the most dilig-ent a
163. in church ; he never seemed tlioroug-hly and when in tlie narrow streets of this
164. or carrying- tlio little vessel of holy water, or whether, in attend-.mce on tl
165. m disappear and it her son. ; ; was only then for the first time that they obser
166. ; then the priests and monks, and lastly the good Bishop himself. All loved the
167. rgotten himself in prayer over some holy tomb ; for that crypi had received the
168. ose in attendance let himself cautiously down to the bottom of the well, where b
169. ity of believing that her son was really taken from her. As soon as the child wa
170. e top of the pit, she seized him eagerly in her arms and rushing to the altar of
171. ipping as he was at the foot of the holy image, threw herself on her knees, and
172. r your protection; and you cannot surely suffer that he should not awake." The t
173. had been an hour drowned could possibly revive ; indeed, scarcely any except th
174. could possibly revive ; indeed, scarcely any except the good Bishop and the litt
175. rapturous thanksgiving which immediately resounded through daring; to attempt to
176. hus raised from the dead was immediately overwhelmed with questions and he expla
177. li^-ht I ; jxcept ang'els moving- gently round me wonderful circumstance, that,
178. ince in the cathedral or Chartres namely, that when the officiating Bishop chant
179. me so distingiiished among' that saintly community for the holy simplicity of hi
180. ong' that saintly community for the holy simplicity of his life, that Andrea of
181. ce, the exercise of which was peculiarly delightful to him, fi'om the many oppor
182. where they remained until evening, only sleeping- at their father's house. Thes
183. f the Friai*s-Preachers, being- probably destined for the order, althoiigh not a
184. of disposition rendered them peculiarly dear to Blessed Bernard. It was his cus
185. n in a chapel then dedicated to the Holy King-s on the right of the hi^h altar,
186. r exercises spending- their time quietly and happily nntil their master's return
187. spending- their time quietly and happily nntil their master's return. Here also
188. as soon as they had finished their daily lessons. On the altar of this chapel, w
189. r arms children came to look on the Holy Infant almost as a companion, and were
190. miracle: for the carved form of the Holy Child 'ecame radiant with — And it li
191. n full of the joy of heaven and by daily convei-se with their Divine Lord they g
192. n hastening" to them, and how their only pleasure was the convent, as if it cont
193. led before. fore questioned them closely; and the children told them But the tal
194. ond reproving" them ]{ut for their folly. when they repeated the same story to B
195. ifferent feelings ; for he knew the holy hearts of his two little disciples; and
196. invitation the change that had gradually appeared in his two beloved disciples h
197. descension which haa been so boimteously lavished on his pupils, he bade them go
198. RD AND HIS TWO NOVICES. said the 41 Holy Child, " and bid him be of the company;
199. ey were buried in the Chapel of the Holy Kings, wliich had been the scene of so
200. ne Child hetween them. This was the only monument to mark the place of their bur
201. being opened, the church was immediately filled with an odour of surpassing swee
202. which owes to the its origin to the holy Vaudru more than brother, old Roman cam
203. , whose particulars are almost precisely similar to tliose narrated above; excep
204. ount of had left his estates to his only daughShe was the happy bride of Reamer,
205. ever, braveiT no less than for his manly beauty. never," say the old chronicles,
206. hich he hoped to defend. But he had only been able to collect a handful of men,
207. ions. A messenger had arrived with early dawn, bringing the news that the young
208. as taken captive. Long and most bitterly did his .young bride weep. all the cast
209. exchange that, ; knowing well how dearly loved the young count was, he would onl
210. loved the young count was, he would only surrender such a prize when his country
211. country should be given uj). And lastly, a messenger arrived with the news that
212. of the palace and out of the town, only imploring- to be left alone. No one at-
213. her. There are moments in war when only selfish fears can make themselves heard
214. e hurried her into etemity. But suddenly, upon the bordei-s of the lake rose up
215. t remarking that the old men were slowly following her; till, at the point where
216. ts radiance knelt Albraide, weepbitterly, indeed, but now with soft and healthfu
217. rs than the twelve apostles. She quickly regained her i)alace, and summoned the
218. rbarian had demanded as ransom, not only the liberty of his twelve generals, but
219. y her God, that neither jewels or costly ornaments of any kind remained in her c
220. ittle son of twelve years old, who daily went with other He was a favourite with
221. hey did ; and often p:-ayed as fervently as any of them to her whom he did not y
222. d joy, many children approached the holy altar to partake of the Bread of Lite.
223. e of the Bread of Lite. They were easily to be recog-nised from the rest, as tli
224. DS. why lie should not join them? Surely the Son of that beautiful Lady whom he
225. d not know him, and he received the Holy Eucharist among- tlie rest. It was inno
226. rist among- tlie rest. It was innocently done ; and perliaps few thanksgiving's
227. iving's were more fervent or more deeply felt than that of the ignorant little J
228. ter a visit to his well-known and dearly-loved statue, the little one returned h
229. s occasion he had been away an unusually long time, and his father broke silence
230. n. The child told him at once how dearly he loved Our Lady's statue how often he
231. eful and more pleasant than the Prettily situated on the little villag'e of L'Ar
232. t is known As your carriage toils slowly to the classical student. up the steep
233. ve reached the top, and penetmted nearly to the end of the one long narrow stree
234. LLORO. 61 bourhood dedicated to the Holy Mother of God, to which the inha'l)itan
235. ecial devotion, and which is continually visited by all strangers who happen to
236. adjacent villag-es. It was in the early spring- of the year 1621, that a boy, n
237. ce of hig-h wall or broken rock, thickly surrounded with brambles and Impelled b
238. have no accoimt, he peered more closely into this dense mass of wild tang-led v
239. inct of a Catholic child, he immediately conceived a very lively devotion; and f
240. , he immediately conceived a very lively devotion; and falling on his knees, s])
241. chool, he used to steal away as secretly as he could, and pay a solitary visit t
242. hi.-, lie was well aware, was needlessly long- and ciicuitous. He set about, the
243. l of ))i"ushwood, until they had neai-ly arrived dilig-ence, 62 CATHOLIC LEGENDS
244. tlessness of their age, they immediately proceeded to carry into execution. It w
245. of its existence they made doing; daily pilgrimages to it, offeiing their littl
246. of such a troop of children continually passing to and fro in what they conceiv
247. practice could not be checked, but only grew more and more genoral. It was in t
248. elt the planks were moving, he instantly invoked the Madonna of Vallericcia, and
249. he juvenile pilgrims had been constantly honouring it ever since; whereupon the
250. nor how old it was; but it was generally supposed tliat it was the work of one o
251. Princess Artemisia Savelli (whose family then occupied the palace and lands in L
252. riccia now belonging to the Chigi family) had attributed her own unexpect253. us to build a little chapel for it, only unfortunately there was some dispute be
254. little chapel for it, only unfortunately there was some dispute between tlie pri
255. ry where noised abroad, people naturally flocked together to go and visit the pl
256. go and visit the place and since it only needs for a Catholic to show special ;
257. of tliis world, may be still more truly said of any outpouring" ol wonderful gi
258. the hand of Mary they do not come singly. *' That one hailstone falls is a proof
259. me, but that others are : coming" surely ; when we feel the first, we say, ' it
260. Mary ; where we hear of one, immediately we look for another ; it continues, bec
261. or fifteen masses were said there nearly every day. Offerings too of various kin
262. LADY OF QALLOHO. 66 The the continually increasing" number of pilgrims. Cardina
263. building was completed, more especially since it was determined to ei-ect a con
264. th of May, 1633, the church was solemnly dedicated to our Blessed Lady, under th
265. k possession of the new monasteiy. Early on the following day (which in that yea
266. non 'olidori's little oratory had merely eyiclo-wd the rock on whose surface the
267. t being placed on a wooden frame, highly ornamented with flowers and liglits, an
268. bodies of ten men at a time, continually relieving one another, an|l moving onwa
269. pread far and wide through central Italy and the States of the Church j it had e
270. r as the little town of Albano, scarcely half a mile distant from the village of
271. l a victim : on either occasion. Equally remarkable was the deliverance of this
272. sanctuary itself had been sacrilegiously tury. stripped of all that was costly a
273. ly tury. stripped of all that was costly and valuable in the way of pi'ecious st
274. onastery, with all its fiimiture, sarily was sold ; the clmrch, therefore, was n
275. s favoured neighbours were so grievously oppressed. Their gi-ateful devotion for
276. n for this mercy rendered them extremely unwilling to restore the picture to Gal
277. to resume their residence here, the Holy Father, wlio had just then re-establish
278. ave retained it ever since. — — Only three or four Jesuits are in constant r
279. he devotion to the sanctuary is probably as gi-eat at tlie present day as it has
280. on certain special occasions immediately after some notorious miracle. At one ti
281. f visiting it oui-selves almost 68 daily, CATHOLIC LEGENDS. and can testify to t
282. rds of 7060, being" an average of nearly twenty pilgrims a-day.* There can be no
283. 00; that in Genzano we do not accurately know; it is probably throe times as muc
284. e do not accurately know; it is probably throe times as much. THE CHILDREN OF TH
285. it is curious to remark now capriciously the associations of historical interest
286. ent day is limited Yet not to speak only of times of disto their names. tant ant
287. to their names. tant antiquity, scarcely more than three hundred years ago these
288. hristians, their naval power was utterly destroyed at Lepanto) we find Europe ly
289. s told concerning the illustrious family of the Justiniani. The oriirinal stock
290. o find a prince of the Justiniani family at their head, or dying- There was also
291. dying- There was also another fallantly in the strug-g-le. ereditary feeling- a
292. their tribute to the infidels regularly and exactly, and a treaty had been sole
293. te to the infidels regularly and exactly, and a treaty had been solemnly granted
294. exactly, and a treaty had been solemnly granted them, by which peace and quiet
295. year contributed to make this peculiarly a holiday of rejoicing. I'he return of
296. aware of its approach, took them utterly by surprise; so that the entire island
297. eng"ag"ed in the celebration ot the Holy Mysteries, when a larg-e body of the in
298. the riches of the entire island, if only he mig-ht be suffered to preserve the h
299. mig-ht be suffered to preserve the holy sanctuai-ies unprofaned. Their answer w
300. eir chief. Pasha Piali. This man, rudely pushing" aside the Bishop, laid his han
301. n the ciborium, and cried contemptuously, " Is this the God of " It is Himself,"
302. o prevent him, he on his knees careiully and reverently gathered together every
303. he on his knees careiully and reverently gathered together every one of the Sacr
304. was, if possible, to destroy the family whose enmity they had so mucli cause to
305. d. Every member of the Justiniani family was carefully sought for, and taken cap
306. r of the Justiniani family was carefully sought for, and taken captive. Some wer
307. escaped captivity took refug-e in Italy in a ; state of absolute destitution. A
308. d as a birthright was nowhere more nobly displayed than in some young childi-en,
309. ung childi-en, whose fate was peculiarly melancholy. With a refinement of ciniel
310. en, whose fate was peculiarly melancholy. With a refinement of cinielty, the Tur
311. osen the youngest children of the family to the number of about twenty, and sepa
312. rt of Nebuchodonozor, they stood equally firm ag-ainst threats aiTd allurements.
313. all their efforts in vain, they savagely condenmpd them to be whipped to death.
314. o stood by approached, and Dade him only lift his finger as a sign that he renou
315. clenched the fingers together so tightly, that no force was able to open them, a
316. e to open them, and they remained firmly locked together even after his death. T
317. lisrious brethren ; and he gave the only testimonv that lay in his power to do h
318. heir martyrdom. Nor was their melancholy late without its influence in the event
319. s threatened, there dwelt a certain holy nun nam^u Auuts ui" St. Bartholomew, a
320. in the way of perfection, that her holy superior said of her, " I liave name of
321. as we have seen, at Dordrecht, this holy nun suddenly awoke, and called up her r
322. en, at Dordrecht, this holy nun suddenly awoke, and called up her religious for
323. owever, that it was not so that she only knew that God was calling her inwardly
324. y knew that God was calling her inwardly At two to pray, and to cause them to pr
325. orn out." CATHOLIC LEGENDS. more utterly against a whole army, I could not have
326. er, when a night-attack was unexpectedly made on the citadel of Antwerp, Anne wa
327. be in some Her apprehensions were fully verified ; for it danger. soon became k
328. attempted the citadel, but had suddenly withdrawn, leaving many of their gams a
329. tle town of Genazzano, a town pleasantly situated on the side of a rang'e of hil
330. cli as tliey were, devoted them entirely to the work. She went and sold all that
331. heir interference rebuked lier shai-j)ly for her improvidence, in thus voluntari
332. or her improvidence, in thus voluntarily depriving hei-self of those means of su
333. o it before I die ;" and she continually repeated, with an air of exulting- conf
334. ny more. For the g-ood woman had pubHcly declared that she had begnn the amderta
335. encouraged to persevere with it, mainly in reliance upon some ; secret inspirat
336. sion, or revelation (it does not clearly appear which), that she believed hereel
337. ti-uccia's work, therefore, was not only suspended for want of means, it was als
338. r want of means, it was also canonically prohibited; that is to say, her own sub
339. say, her own substance had been entirely exhausted, and an appeal to the assista
340. . consequence of some decree of the holy Pontiff of that * Qure per somnia ct in
341. et of the year in that town. Accordingly it was being celebrated in the usual ma
342. ment, each in his own way, when suddenly some who stood on the pubhc piazza, or
343. )icture of our Blessed Lady and the Holy Child Jesus, which had not been there b
344. ; and indistinct rumours spread rapidly among them, that something wondcri'ul h
345. eing" rung' in this mii*aculous way only to do her honour. At this intelligence
346. still the custom in many parts of Italy on all festive occasions) by the discha
347. have brokea out in the city no unliliely circumstance in and began to feel great
348. was stronger than their curiosity, only Imri'ied home the foster, whilst others
349. ear and see for themselves. And not only the hale and the active, but even the a
350. m, that persons were being' miraculously healed of their infirmities in the pres
351. lis we have authentic evidence of nearly 200 miracles that were wrought on this
352. how had it been brought ? picture really come ? and The people of Genazzano tiio
353. great devotion, tln^v said but latterly, in the distiu-beJ miserable condition
354. nhabitants liad been more tluiii usually frequent in their visits to it, e itrea
355. f ag-ainst them, so she would mercifnlly vouchsafe to accompany, to giiide, and
356. om their knees and followed ; ])resently, they found themselves caught up in som
357. ansit they could not explain ; they only knew that, as the ang-el of tlie Lord o
358. force of his Spirit," and then presently set him again in his own place in Judea
359. tus;"f so they too had bcun miraculously transported through the air by some inv
360. ere a pillar of fire ; and that, finally, when they had been broug"ht to the j^t
361. oug"ht to the j^tes of Rome, it entirely disappeared. Entered into the Eternal C
362. y, the travellei*s had soug"ht dihgently for traces of their lost guide ; they w
363. watclied so long-, and then so suddenly lost sig-ht of but all their inquiries
364. nd miracles. as soon as they Immediately they set out to visit it had arrived, t
365. it detracted somewhat li'om the heavenly origin which they would fain have assig
366. ould fain have assigned to ; their newly-g"ott«n treasure ; and it g-ave them s
367. up and down in different parts of Italy, came to see it; and these too confirme
368. t its size and form corresponded exactly to that of tlie )tifture and that the c
369. xhibited in the picture were ])reci.<ely the same with (hat which characterised
370. the immediate neig'hbourhood of the Holy See for Genazzano is not more than thir
371. of April ; and before the middle of July, Pope Paul II. sent two bishops to exam
372. a's unfinished building- was immediately resumed ; and a handsome church, tog-et
373. ned never more to abandon their heavenly guide, and the descendants of one of th
374. ity had created Hospitallers of the Holy — Citv, and to who had become hght in
375. e of the in 1104 armed monks, ready Holy Sepulchre, and the pious who frequented
376. he pious who frequented it. Consistently with their twofold character of religio
377. which and the Christian host were daily skirmishes, surprises, and ambuscades.
378. of Eppe, who, at the summons of the Holy See, had left their smiling- domains to
379. , had left their smiling- domains to fly to the assistance of the Christians in
380. which warriors most prize, that, namely, of being always placed in the hottest
381. nels of the Christian g'arrison suddenly gave the alarm in Beersheba; for numero
382. harp; for the Saracens attacked fiercely, and the Franks (as they were called in
383. ictory. themselves, unawares, completely surrounded, a fresh band of Saracens ha
384. t having bought their captives so dearly, ill-treated them in every possible way
385. . JOHN. 11 strength, and more especially all that was told him of their feats of
386. im of their feats of valour. Accordingly, he received them with f^-eat courtesy,
387. rtesy, and announced to them immediately by his dragoman, that it would only dep
388. tely by his dragoman, that it would only depend on tliemselves to receive ample
389. liis meant; but this first day they only replied by a silent obeisance. They wer
390. them the command of his armies, if only they would renoimce the Christian faith
391. rve from the path of honom-. Tliis reply astonislied the sultan and he commanded
392. coming their resolution; and accordingly, for sevei-al days, he tried offers, })
393. After this he confined them more closely, and sent the most learned doctors in C
394. ld break those iron liearts. Accordingly, the three brothers were condemned to c
395. Some handfuls of bai'ley were their only food they were chained down to their du
396. to their dung-eon floor and shamef.illy and this slow martyrdom lasted more tha
397. hich time theu- str ngtli could scarcely have endured, hut for those immense con
398. ushed and overAvhelmed, they were really, from the depths of their dark prison,
399. st Satan and all his snares, tliese holy knights were aided by prayer, that all-
400. rmoury oi faith. They prayed incessantly they asked from God that which He never
401. , named Ismeria she was young, eminently beautiful, and celebrated far and near
402. idings of tlieir cajttivity had probably never readied their destination, and th
403. destination, and therefore tlieir family doubtless believed tliem to be dead tha
404. th and their hope. The princess not only consented, but, without in the least fo
405. , without in the least foreseeing lively curiosity to what the result would be,
406. result would be, showed a become really acquainted with Christianity, and to he
407. ho The eldest of the knights then really believed in it. explained to her all th
408. t mystery of redempHe explained the Holy Trinity, tlu'ee persons tion. in one Go
409. ersation on tlie second day was entirely on Mary, the INIotlier of grace, of who
410. e them the statue, which they had barely shaped out, completely finished, and ra
411. h they had barely shaped out, completely finished, and radiant with the most exq
412. site beauty The good knights impatiently awaited the arrival of the princess. At
413. because the statue before her precisely resembled the heavenly vision which had
414. ore her precisely resembled the heavenly vision which had hung over her in She b
415. over her in She bowed down and tenderly kissed its feet; and the captives gave
416. e princess had a second vision. The holy V'irgin again appeared to her in the sa
417. d her to set tli(! captives free, to fly to France witlj them; offering to be he
418. -omising her that, after a pure and holy life, she sliould receive iji heaven a
419. t she would break tlieir chains, if only they would take her with them to a land
420. ees, giving- tlianks to God and the Holy Virg-in, and swearing to the princess t
421. ncess that they would conduct her safely to France at the peril of their lives,
422. the three brethren, who carried the holy image, our Lady of Gladness, their most
423. y them across; and when they were safely arrived on the opposite bank, looking b
424. er eitlier boat or rower, and could only thank Divine Providence. The travellei*
425. ollection of her father, whom she dearly loved, soon sank to sleep l)y the side
426. n sank to sleep l)y the side of the holy image. The knights intended to watch ov
427. e Lords of l''p])o, who went to the Holy Land under the banner of om- Lord." Her
428. of Gladness, before which he immediately fell on his knees; and tlie knig-hts, w
429. thus become to them more and more truly at every step our Lady of GladTheir unt
430. changed them, tliat they were not easily recognised at the fii-st moment; but as
431. ie spot hei-self to prepare her for Holy Baptism. in the wood where they had fou
432. ittle throne, in a rustic chapel hastily raised by the side of the fountain, unt
433. e after she consecrated herself entirely to God among the Holy Virgins. The chur
434. d herself entirely to God among the Holy Virgins. The church of our Lady of Glad
435. lessed Virgin. THE CONVENT OF ST. CECILY. 85 XIV. THE CONVENT OF One when ST. CE
436. XIV. THE CONVENT OF One when ST. CECILY. day, towards the close of the sixteent
437. at had been left them by an uncle lately deceased. Not havings any acquaintances
438. hotel. Here the}-- lived very pleasantly for a few days, the preacher entertaini
439. the wonderful changes that had recently been made in the country from which he
440. i)roceeded to the Convent of St. Cecily, which was outside the gates of the tow
441. on. But he was one of those who secretly favoured the new school and he refused
442. apprehension of all that might probably happen. They could count upon no defend
443. rough its composition, and nnw anxiously sent to make new inquiries for Sister A
444. himdred • ; THE CONVENT OF ST. CECILY. 87 men of all ranks and a^es, armed wi
445. s ; they had spoken in the most unseemly manner to the persons stationed at the
446. arts of a mass which they had frequently sung before had just been distributed,
447. had just been distributed, when suddenly Sister Antonia, in sound and perfect he
448. , though somewhat pale, o[)peared slowly ascending the staii-s, carrying under h
449. , no matter !" was an anxiety. her reply to the inquiries of the astonished nuns
450. rs felt in their breasts a most heavenly and mi; ; raculous feeling of consolati
451. the very anxiety wliicli they felt only helped to waft their sovds, as on wings
452. Gloria," daring the " Kyrie" especially, and yet more at it seemed as though th
453. jected against the Convent of St. Cecily, but of which she would not now comjnun
454. confined in the lunatic asylum recently founded by the emj)eror. But as they we
455. , and, as the magistrate seemed to imply from obscure report, of such a characte
456. e governor replied that they were simply encrag^ed in the adoration of the Redee
457. ir seats save at midnight, and then only for the purpose of intoning the Gloria
458. nced them deranged, they compassionately shrugged tiieir shoulders, and more tli
459. e good town of Aix-la-Chapelle were only to know as much as they did, every one
460. destruction of the Convent of St. Cecily. Veit Gotthelf received the stranger wi
461. uesting her to l)e seated, he cautiously began his narrative in the following wo
462. nvent of these good women imder its holy protection. All I know is, that, as a p
463. s, armed with crowbars and torches, only awaited the si^ai of the preacher to ra
464. und. the music, your sons simultaneously took off their hats with an air of reve
465. le the preacher, tui*ning round suddenly, called on us all, in a loud and terrib
466. ch the moment before he hnd ])een openly scoffing. Utterly perplexed at such a s
467. re he hnd ])een openly scoffing. Utterly perplexed at such a s])ectacle, tlje cr
468. ONVENT OF door-keepei"s, ing- ST. CECILY, 91 in assist- who had been actively en
469. ILY, 91 in assist- who had been actively engaged the imperial guard. But how can
470. nd led them out of the church. Then only iJid they consent to follow us to the t
471. not without heavy sighs, and constantly looking round, as if their hearts were
472. this parting from the church. repeatedly asked them what had happened, thus thor
473. them what had happened, thus thoroughly to change their whole being ; but thev
474. le being ; but thev 2nade no other reply than by pressing our hands, Itjoking at
475. e of which still to this very day deeply affects me. An-ived at their lodgings,
476. at their lodgings, they very ingeniously made a cross of birch-rods ; and settin
477. ull striking of the clock, rose abruptly with one accord from their horror, maaa
478. d with crowds of people, roused suddenly from their slumbers. The mob, breaking
479. when the clock struck one, they suddenly stopped, wiped from their foreheads the
480. midst, and recommenced their melancholy mode of existence, which exhaustion alo
481. assistance from the landlord ; they only bepged him to den}-- them to such of th
482. iend to the convent, for the melanclioly ])urpose of viewing with lier own eyes
483. a voice as We THE CONVENT OF ST. CECILY. 93 rival, requested she might be sent
484. sat in on the su])ject of the melancholy history in which they were both so deep
485. istory in which they were both so deeply interested. On a desk, by th 3 side of
486. scores of a mass ; and the lady timidly asked if this were the ?ame composition
487. he mere sight ; and after having hastily pressed her lips to the pnge, with an i
488. iolence of your children, now so heavily afflicted. No one has the least idea wh
489. point of rushiiig in upon us, sat calmly and quietly at tlie organ, and directed
490. hiiig in upon us, sat calmly and quietly at tlie organ, and directed the executi
491. is certain that Sister Antonia, the only member of our community cnpaljle of doi
492. ed like all the rest; and there now only remained to this im])Overished couj)le
493. 96 left his into tlie darkest melancholy; he house, and sought a lonely place, w
494. elancholy; he house, and sought a lonely place, where he in secret. might weep A
495. it was in the month of May), he suddenly heard the rapid He hastened to steps of
496. k as ebony. He looked at him attentively, and was sure that he had never seen hi
497. xamined the stranger anew. He was simply clad in black; and there was no coat of
498. which I have sworn to him, I will gladly perform, when I am convinced that your
499. r manor-house." These last words cruelly recalled to the knig-ht his know me. wh
500. of silence, " and if it ruin me utterly, only saving' my at the point of death
501. lence, " and if it ruin me utterly, only saving' my at the point of death honour
502. then," answered the black knight slowly, " be not terrified thoug-h my name may
503. r ; and he raised his hand instinctively to make tlie sign of the Cross. The str
504. sign of the Cross. The stranger hastily seized his arm. " Stop," said he, with
505. t it not," answered the knigljt bitterly ; " but I will have none of your g'ifts
506. IGHT OF CHAMPFLEURY. ; 97 " 1 shall only require three things. The first may see
507. ade itself felt more and more powerfully every moment. By degrees his indignatio
508. fy the abominable bargain and so he only muttered in a hesitating voice, that it
509. o execute the condition proposed. " Only bring her here," said the black knight,
510. onsentecf to this second crime, secretly whispering to himself that he had a yea
511. il spirit dictiited to him, and formally renounced his portion in paradise. Thti
512. rtion in paradise. Thtis he was entirely in the grasp of Satan, and while cold d
513. t lose all if he pressed him too closely on this point, contented himself with w
514. rse and disappeared. The knight, greatly agitated, returned home. He found the p
515. gaiety; and that his brow was constantly clouded with care. The joy of his newly
516. clouded with care. The joy of his newly acquired wealth, the perpetual round of
517. , and signed with his lieai-t was slowly wasting away his own blood within him ;
518. ghts were sleepless ; his happiness only a splendid pageant with no reality. He
519. any one his dreadful secret. It was only at the moment of fulfilling liis engage
520. r we must mount on horseback immediately." The young' lad}'^ placed her little s
521. 'oing' far," answered the knight vaguely, and hastened their departure. After th
522. to ofter up a short prayer. Accordingly, he gave her his hand to dismount, and
523. rode on by her side, shuddering inwardly more and more, the nearer tliey approac
524. haps about to lose her, he felt bitterly tliat he was no longer worthy, never ha
525. spect and tenderness. But lie could only sig-li he felt liimsclf a slave to tlie
526. k knight had taken ])lace. Involuntarily he drew nearer to Marie, and would havo
527. her hand, but dared not ; he could only murmur, " My dear Marie !" " You weep,"
528. ack horseman, as tliis aureole gradually grew larger, dared no more to u])]ift h
529. Virgin, and had placed herself lovingly on her knees before the revered image o
530. encircled her brow appeared to him only as the consoling sign of the protection
531. strain eartli, " Evil liis head, sloAvly yielded the parcliment, and withdrew in
532. ad gone back into heaven, and there only remained her holy image, calm and placi
533. heaven, and there only remained her holy image, calm and placid, in its little r
534. hoping in vain for succour, the cowardly Boabdil, whom his people named in deris
535. h he practised more and more ferociously from day to day. But while discourageme
536. ile discouragement and despair gTadually took possession of the troops and peopl
537. , where Benedictine nuns sang their holy and every morning the queen, accompanie
538. ning the queen, accompanied office daily by her attendant ladies and a compiiny
539. he queen looked around her, and the holy service. perceiving that her attendants
540. ing with earnestness, was gazing fixedly at the gi-ating of the choir. When ^las
541. chose it intenvoices of syrens tionally, on ]iurpose to destroy the haunt of th
542. he choir of the church, singing our holy office by the light of the waxen ta[)ei
543. he sacred words, which sounded strangely in her mouth. " I felt that the grace o
544. and in tinith, in the midst of the holy psalms which they sang together, her he
545. onderful voice for the glory of our holy religion." The queen rejoiced greatly i
546. ly religion." The queen rejoiced greatly in the conversion of Zulima, who some d
547. her. "Do you not hear," she said wildly, " the master's splendid chords ? I mus
548. ord, and whose heai-t is full of worldly thoughts, fiy from this place ; but kno
549. were saved. The trumpet was immediately sounded through the camp, to rouse the
550. of this town, the Moors were continually harassing tlic Spaniards, and many bloo
551. Returning one day from a parliciilai'ly distingiiished. wood of mji-tles, absor
552. ght. The ima,ge of Julia was continually before his eyes even during; the combat
553. d on a lig'ht Arab horse g-allop rapidly ])y, while at the same time a javelin w
554. his rider into the dust. He rose quickly but the Moor was already upon him, stan
555. pponent in his arms, threw him violently on the gro\md, and kneeling on his brea
556. e to meet me in fair Aguilar rose slowly. was my prisoner : : combat. Resxime th
557. r : : combat. Resxime thy arms." hastily Hichem horse, but, instead of laishing-
558. ng-. After a time the Moors, continually repulsed in their sallies, and worn by
559. s at their head and Aguilar, immediately recognising him, joined in fight with h
560. m, and then reclosed on them immediately ; an instant after, a cloud of arrows f
561. ed Aguilar, in despair ; and immediately the dooi's were flung open, and Julia,
562. t. The Spaniards drew back involuntarily; and Julia, followed by the Moors, adva
563. la were engaged in assisting at the holy function; and as soon as the last strop
564. owed her received that same day the holy Sacrament of Baptism. The people THE AB
565. soHtude of the valleys, the more g"ently sloping- Alps stripped of their horrors
566. mereal vale of Goldau, I had freqixently met troops of poor folks, their bundles
567. travellers as they went with a friendly bow or a pious word, and invariably ans
568. ndly bow or a pious word, and invariably answering when I asked them whither the
569. s necessary to excite my interest warmly, I innnediately took the road thither,
570. xcite my interest warmly, I innnediately took the road thither, and after crossi
571. arge town made up oi inns and completely behung with signs, I found myself befor
572. buildings of the monastery, which nearly a century ago were rebuilt after a conf
573. ound tin's little chapel are more deeply worn than any others, fur A it is hei"e
574. see in the sequel) before which the holy Meim-ad used to pray. age ; this is tli
575. emselves on their knees within that holy chapel, before a thought of rest There
576. bits of another people, I tliouglit only of God and of the absent ones at home.
577. The shades uf evening revealed but dimly the bold, manly forms of for the fii-st
578. ening revealed but dimly the bold, manly forms of for the fii-st When which lead
579. e women and children, who, in their holy faith alone could have found the streng
580. mn of joy. As for me, I coiild join only by my tears. The next day I begged perm
581. crifice he had made, savoured too nearly of human respect and worldly glory to l
582. too nearly of human respect and worldly glory to leave Meini-ad He resolved to
583. is choice. hermit; and building secretly with his own hands a little hut amongst
584. of anxious penitents sought out the holy recluse of the mountain, and wearing in
585. ries such as Meinmd. The more, certainly, they were separated from tlie world, t
586. parated from tlie world, the more surely did their words breathe inspiration fro
587. a true servant of God, spoke faithfully to all, fearing not man, and determined
588. crowds of visitors distracted him sorely. He yearned to give himself wholly to p
589. orely. He yearned to give himself wholly to prayer and meditation ; and having d
590. the '' Dark Forest," he resolved to ily tliither, and hide himself securely. Un
591. ily tliither, and hide himself securely. Unknown to all, he etfected his depart
592. transcendent a light could be completely buried even in tliese forest depths. Th
593. here he himself knelt almost unceasingly, Meinrad brought his penitents, and non
594. away without a blessing. Nor was it only human visitants he welcomed there. At m
595. e convent of Reichenau, who occasionally paid the hermit a visit, followed him a
596. to say the evening office, when suddenly the whole chapel became illuminated, an
597. as if to beg* hospitality from the holy hermit. He read their deadly purpose in
598. om the holy hermit. He read their deadly purpose in tlieir souls, and said to th
599. at the foot of my couch. After this, ily for your lives, lest you should be deno
600. ays the Ger- man tradition, miraculously kindled by invisible hands. Fleeing in
601. n, from which one of the servants vainly endeavoured to chase them away. This ci
602. ing found the hermit dead, had instantly set forth in quest of the assassins, an
603. he arms of the abbey. Thus died the holy Meinrad, January 21, 863 ; but to his e
604. f Strasbourg, renouncing all his worldly wealth, came to the Dark Forest, and ra
605. wooden cells, wherein he and other holy men might dwell. This was the origin of
606. bbot, the title of '' Prince of the Holy Empire" was given for ever to the Abbot
607. en to Paris, the true relic was securely guarded, and now once more adorns the r
608. st the venerable saint upraised his holy hands; and pilgrims still throng thithe
609. regory VIL at Salerno, not unfi'equently make a little detour fi'om the high roa
610. he ascent to this monastery is generally made passes a little to the right of th
611. of forty-eight years, the cave gradually lost its old name of the Grotta (hi' Sp
612. o biu-n a lamp before it, and frequently repeated, in the ])resence of the paris
613. r devotional exercises to be frerjuently i-epeated there. It hapj)ened on Saturd
614. instinct of a Catholic, he called loudly upon Santa Maria dell' Avvocata, whose
615. at the spot, he found the animal quietly grazing-, the boy busily collecting the
616. animal quietly grazing-, the boy busily collecting the scattered grain, and bot
617. the scattered grain, and both perfectly uninjured. The fame of this miracle, wh
618. a spacious chapel there. ried on briskly, through the liberal almsgiving of thos
619. and the episcopal sanction was formerly renewed to the vellous reports xmdertak
620. ups of women, members of the same family, or neighbours in the same village, suf
621. e feet and dishevelled hair, alternately telling their beads and reciting the li
622. whole of the little island. At the holy summons, more than 500 monks left their
623. e dark habits of the religious. Scarcely had the bell given its second signal be
624. ight, and fixed his eyes with melancholy intentness on the mainland opposite the
625. to heaven, exclaimed thrice, " Thy holy will be done, my God !'' As soon as he
626. l vestments, and began to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which the choir
627. ves in fitting order to receive the Holy Communion. Then the abbot, holding alof
628. change this perishable life In this holy soliagainst the crown of immortality ?
629. de, you have learnt to renounce not only things external to yourselves, but even
630. ; consummate this sacrifice and the holy bread you are about to receive will ser
631. th a resplendent g-arland. Some few only were left out, reserved, no doubt, by t
632. g" then, and remember that they can only reach your bodies, that your souls are
633. ddening the hearts of the brethren, only made their festival more joyous; and bl
634. nd two they came forward to receive Holy Communion from the hands of their abbot
635. the eldest to the 3'oungest and the Holy Sacrifice was scarcely completed when t
636. gest and the Holy Sacrifice was scarcely completed when the sun appeared above t
637. he sent them towards the coast of Italy, after tenderly embracing them, and giv
638. wards the coast of Italy, after tenderly embracing them, and giving them his las
639. last benediction. They all wept bitterly, and implored permission to stay and di
640. eloved abode, where they would so gladly have remained to earn the martyr's crow
641. ive occupations, commands, were silently engaged in their reand the approacli of
642. the approacli of the Saracens tvvo puly shed a gleam of joy over their countena
643. s children streng"th to confess His holy name in the presence of His enemies, an
644. ude and undisturbed serenity of the holy man, the floors drew back astonished j
645. ey seized him and drag-g-ed him forcibly into the midst of the cloister, to make
646. thing that could seats, not conveniently be carried off was broken, tables, book
647. Nay, rather," answered the abbot meekly, " g-ive me too that holy symbol, that
648. e abbot meekly, " g-ive me too that holy symbol, that I may happy to die for Him
649. y nii^-ht at least cany off Immecliately about a hima g'ood number of slaves. dr
650. ced by ten-or to abjure the more readily the Christian religion. Then the chief
651. ll cried with one voice, and immediately beg'an a song of thanksgiving. TJie chi
652. together to claim their crown, four only being* reserved, wlioin the chief ke[)t
653. he Saracens approacliing, wlien suddenly a hrilliant light shone befoi'e them, a
654. Colombo said to Eleutherius, " Cowardly soldiers of Christ are we, who have fle
655. death with deliberate purpose. The holy will of God be done." Accordingly, afte
656. e holy will of God be done." Accordingly, after giving the farewell kiss, Colomb
657. followed this day of slangliter foundly still; and knowing by the silence that
658. in prayer, kneeling on the sod made holy by the blood of so many maitjTS, At fir
659. s soul, and he burst fortli invohmtarily into songs of true, before the face " m
660. reflection, he resolved to go into Italy and seek tlie young religious whom the
661. seek tlie young religious whom the holy abbot had sent tliither, in order to br
662. e hoped that the Saracens would speedily abandon the coasts of Provence. He was
663. e heard the distant step of a man slowly advancing by the cloister wall. His fir
664. ister wall. His first impulse was to fly but he remembered the holy ground on wh
665. se was to fly but he remembered the holy ground on whicli lie stood, and determi
666. s of the Mediterranean; and I was hardly thirteen when the town was taken and sa
667. sixteen, he attacked me more vigorously; and by dint sometimes of seducing prom
668. lves in burying- tlie bodies of the holy martyrs. In a few days, Eleutlierius se
669. few days, Eleutlierius set otf for Italy, to ])ring- back the brethren whom the
670. ed, with the meek endurance of tlie holy monks ; and when th(\v landed on the is
671. I am, I have taken on myself tliis holy habit if you too would wear it, we may
672. , fertile and gTeen, which is abundantly watered by the river Huii-^une it is a
673. t — of the outer world. In this lovely vale, a fitting- habitation for those w
674. e whose vow bound them to a life of holy retirement, stood a venerable convent,
675. the rules, and which flew by so quickly Who can describe the ])eace of soul whi
676. ce to their rule and their superior only one will The superior of this convent a
677. one '^ I'M CATHOLIC LEGENDS. of a family of wealth and consideration ; but from
678. liad turned her thouo-hts fi-om earthly rank and earthly riches to a heavenly i
679. thouo-hts fi-om earthly rank and earthly riches to a heavenly inheritance ; and,
680. ly rank and earthly riches to a heavenly inheritance ; and, at the tender ag-e o
681. world, and, what in those days of early g-irlhood must have been far more tryin
682. he Eusebia had ever feet of her heavenly Bridegroom. been the pride and example
683. le their quiet life went on in its daily routine of duties and recreations, to v
684. bed Eusebia's Sisterhood, until suddenly the news fell on them like a thunderbol
685. which spread amongst the If it were only community may well be imaainecl. death
686. d on her bosom, her eyes fixed earnestly upon the crucifix, and her whole form i
687. ole form immovable as a statue. Suddenly she started to her feet, the blood mant
688. earnest prayer, Eusebia rose uj) calmly, and pointing" to the crucifix, she sai
689. d yet it is not represented as it really was, our eyes could not endure the sigh
690. ay have wavered, and hearts beat faintly but if so, the womanly terror was quick
691. arts beat faintly but if so, the womanly terror was quickly vanquished, every ha
692. ut if so, the womanly terror was quickly vanquished, every hand was stretched to
693. vaded the convent, instead of the lovely bevy of maidens whom -they had hoped wo
694. ice in the slave market, they found only a g-roup of g-hastly and bleeding image
695. et, they found only a g-roup of g-hastly and bleeding images, who could inspire
696. cidus, led the Roman armies victoriously against their Possessing the gi-atefid
697. re of happiness, riches, honour, earthly love; what moi-e could be deAnd Placidu
698. n; not one of those joining inveterately in the cry of persecution, which, even
699. and other game a recreation particularly acceptable to one so long accustomed to
700. dogs and horses bounded forwanls gladly ; m pui-suit. One it stag, larger and f
701. dus. Ho observed herd ; and irresistibly drf!W him from from the companv. Tlinj
702. ng supornatursil in it, tracked, closely as liis jianting horse could bear him,
703. stag ; he must gain it at last. Suddenly they had passed the thicket, and a bare
704. and between its brandling antlere, dimly dis- ceraed against the evening sky, ar
705. replied. " I am the God thou ignorantly \vorshippest; Jesus, thy Lord. Thine al
706. and Placidus was" tlierefore immediately ushered into his jireHaving- related bi
707. thou hast forsaken will rage continually against thee. Many things must thou und
708. o had manifested Himself so mysteriously, and were baptised that very day by the
709. extraordinary change in all his worldly prospects; and had not his faith risen
710. and had not his faith risen tiiumphantly over all his pagan superstitions, he mi
711. former worship for having treacherously abandoned thorn. But, enlightened by Di
712. rted, that he was to follow his heavenly Guide. One by one his treasures dropped
713. became faithless; friends looked coldly upon him. His ; 142 CATHOLIC LEGENDS. ;
714. possessiDns ravao-ed; he and his family gTanually became destitute and homeless
715. ns ravao-ed; he and his family gTanually became destitute and homeless. In this
716. he resolved, for the sake of his family, to apply to Trajan; but the news of hi
717. ed, for the sake of his family, to apply to Trajan; but the news of his conversi
718. try a new home, where he might peaceably bring up his children in the true faith
719. ppearance, the captain was about hastily to refuse, convinced that he had no mea
720. he ChrisNo sooner had tliey tian fiimily set sail from Italy. reached Africa tha
721. d tliey tian fiimily set sail from Italy. reached Africa than the captain demand
722. Avberewith to satisfy it, he immediately seized Theosbyta, declaring he would se
723. . He had no longer an object consciously before him; and for miles he still went
724. at had torn them from hi> side. Suddenly the scene changed, grown into young men
725. aded from before him, and the melancholy cry of the night-birds hovering above I
726. make, he tried for long, but constantly without success. Hopeless at last, he c
727. fall from the lips of the once princely Eustace ; he remembered the days of his
728. magnificence and luxury, but it was only to bow himself more willingly beneath t
729. t was only to bow himself more willingly beneath the hand of God. " Tliou doest
730. his heart, and humbled himself literally to the dust. So fifteen years passed aw
731. es were at her very gates. Trajan vainly thought iipon the noble Placidus, wlio
732. in the moment of triumph, so carelessly discarded at a leisure hour ? Oh, that
733. re were at Rome once more Tliere readily divined, more readily accomplished. wer
734. ore Tliere readily divined, more readily accomplished. were few who would not gl
735. omplished. were few who would not gladly have undertaken to restore the forgotte
736. e of the long-lost Placidus, immediately set forth in search of the absent comma
737. cottage-door of Eustace, who hospitably bade them welcome, and hastened to offe
738. e, his heart was touched, and he hastily left the room. During his absence, the
739. appearance, which reminded them strongly of the commander they were sent to seek
740. an old sword-mark which liad honourably distinguished Placidus, they agTeed to
741. s re-entering the room, they accordingly host. glanced immediately at the back o
742. ey accordingly host. glanced immediately at the back of his neck, and foimd the
743. earch, tliey laid and spoke so earnestly with Eustac^ on the dependence that was
744. e determination of Eustace was gradually shaken, and he consented to return to h
745. ve, now L 146 CATHOLIC LEGENDS. scarcely realise that the ouce gi*eat and magiii
746. itude where he had dwelt so long. Gladly would he have spent there the remaindei
747. e and concealment, bowed itself secretly the Church of God but fearing that in t
748. e to the care of God, quitted his lonely dwelling with his guests. ; ; As they j
749. of the people and their own more deeply-felt emotions, tlie emjMM-or and ; 5 An
750. he ages of tliese striplings. honourably, as they deserved, by all report, in hi
751. but a short distance of that melancholy coast where Eustace had been landed by
752. s captain. Nig"ht was stealing- silently over the hushed camp; slept, secure in
753. y went out tog-ether to find some lonely spot where they might offer up their so
754. for they were Christians. Unconsciously they took the very path which had led E
755. them not, her eyes were fixed immovably; and words, whose tones had utterance o
756. r than g-oes forth in tears, fell slowly from her lips. In the profound stillnes
757. ess of the spot each word was distinctly heard " Eustace my Theosbytus ! when
758. !" They started at the words so suddenly that the woman .turned her head and ros
759. ed, " Mother !" burst forth in pcai-cely looking- at them. to fear or hope. were
760. ry, as they threw themselves impetuously towards her. She shuddered at the name
761. tracted his attention, and as he quietly came onwards, the words '' Theosbytus m
762. er vision on this very spot came freshly back upon him, and for an instant a tho
763. s brother had been just now miraculously restored to their long-lost motlier; bu
764. illed his thouglits, and gazing intently on the pale Theosuyta, his faithful eye
765. ce into their heai-ts, almost too deeply moved by joy. Then they prayed till mor
766. that some months after, he accidentally met with his brother, who had been resc
767. had remamed many years with the friendly villagers, until able to carry arms; wh
768. ecoming soldiers, they had risen rapidly in the army, and been chosen to benr ho
769. rable part in it when commanded to rally under Eustace. The night rapidly wore a
770. o rally under Eustace. The night rapidly wore away in such discourse; and with t
771. That day the Romans fought victoriously ; tlie })resence of their leader inspir
772. foes until he had riven them completely from the country, and then prepared to
773. and make the offering-s he has so richly merited '' at our hands." My tlianks,"
774. ." My tlianks," said Phistace, j)r()udly, " have been already offered to the (;i
775. u a Cljristian?" he demanded '' fiercely. I am," said Eustace. " I am sorry for
776. am sorry for thee," ; must was the reply; 'Mjut wilt thou not come and offer wit
777. ense on his altar," whispered a friendly voice. will die first !" cried Eustace,
778. since won back —who had treacherously whom terror had long' deserted the fait
779. die thou shalt !" cried Adrian furiously, fancying- somewhat of insult in the un
780. ," "And I, emperor!" cried out the manly voices of Theos])ytus and Agapetus, whi
781. ll. am a Christian," she said, as firmly as her tremblingcould utter the words,
782. " said Eustace, as he gazed inquLring'ly on the faces of his wife and sons. But
783. quiver of emotion was discernible a holy smile of triumph and of joy lit up each
784. of mag-ic. Already the Christian family were exposed before the raging- beasts
785. iant the faces of Eustace and his family as they disappeared one by one within i
786. ore opened. There lay the martyrs calmly, side by side ; the same smile was on t
787. n His beloved sleep. The martyred family still lives in the memory of the Church
788. affecting story as he visits the stately churches which g"o so loving-ly in bear
789. stately churches which g"o so loving-ly in bear the name of St. Eustachius. XXI
790. was the mansion of an illustrious family, that signalised themselves in arms ; a
791. ed fighting for the recovery of the Holy Land, with- Not SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY O
792. osterity. disconsolate widow did not fly from, but remained aboiit the old groun
793. so much afforded food to her melancholy ; and the report of her piety and chari
794. of beautiful small stars, she carefully removed one of its branches for the ]ni
795. days of her cliildhood, she was devoutly attached and then returned, her heart s
796. was that this feeble tribute was really pleasing to the Divine Mother of Jesus,
797. ed bush, and from it to bring back daily a That she remained faitliful to lier e
798. giving her courage, she advanced slowly with bated bi-eath, took hold with a tr
799. iiest arose, alone advanced respectfully towards tlie flowery thorns, chanting*
800. sed long time motionless. Virgin, rudely carved in wood, painted in ratlier live
801. arved in wood, painted in ratlier lively colours by an unskilled hand, and di-es
802. ag-ine that they were reHe then solemnly recited peated by the ang-elic choirs.
803. h expresses itself, though unconsciously, in the highest style of poetry; and af
804. d their heads bowed, followed him slowly, offering up their prayei-s in union wi
805. rite bushes to the grandeur of a worldly dwelling. She returned to the coolness
806. d a temple such as coidd be erected only by the rich — 156 CATHOLIC LEGENDS, a
807. red image. earth enriched it with costly presents ; kings endowed The fame of it
808. selves under monastic rides. The saintly widow, more touched now than ever with
809. e made to his heart ; and he accordingly commenced the reading of the holy Scrip
810. dingly commenced the reading of the holy Scriptures in the Papal Palace, with th
811. lst, at the same time, he preached daily in the churches to the commoner sort of
812. r beauty and talents g-ave her a fatally powerful influence. This woman, althoug
813. it about her person, and began the daily recital of it many years having passed
814. that time. But long habits of a worldly and sinful life were not to be overcome
815. ith a grace which, whilst it wonderfully attracted her heart, filled it at the s
816. ch her new guest touched was immediately tinged with blood At first ! 158 CATHOL
817. you desire of " That you shall presently know," replied her guest; " but you mus
818. be alone together." The order being duly obeyed, he rose from his seat, and in a
819. t shone from His person. It was not only from face nrid form that this glory bea
820. ns had presented so fearful and g-hastly an aspect, was now clotlied with a wond
821. r life was spent in so penitent and holy a manner, that he himself acknowledged
822. he impress of a joy too as is known only to those the extremity of suffering. Fo
823. ived as her bishop tliis day the saintly Eugenius, after four-and-twenty years o
824. se who have borne themselves so manfully through the past. There is a calmness a
825. the rest ; if you look more attentively, you will see the insignia of their ran
826. r, wlnle it has disfigured their earthly bodies, has placed upon their brows an
827. of light and spiritual beauty as is only to be seen beneath the sunsets of the s
828. t had he heard as it its end ! the newly-consecrated bishop stood upon the high
829. n fall away from the faith ; whose daily prayer was that he mig-ht die for Chris
830. he mig-ht die for Christ; whose nightly dream was tliat the crown of martyrdom
831. within his g-rasp. And while the saintly bishop goes back into the past, with hi
832. e broke themselves in vain, was scarcely hushed in death; the Church of Carthage
833. e barbarian armies, and in an incredibly short space of time the whole country w
834. whom tlie persecution went on more hotly than before. At last, at the earnest in
835. n in Christ, bear ye the trial patiently, and wait for the end. Go on in the way
836. with the foot of lowliness, fearing only sin, which will easily make an apost-at
837. ess, fearing only sin, which will easily make an apost-ate of a confessor. For h
838. ment thi-illed upon the chord so closely buried in the heart of Eugenius. He bur
839. ce ones of His flock into those heavenly pastures, whereof, methinks, the very g
840. ." them in tlie name of the tin-ice Holy Trinity and men left the " liouse and t
841. raveller of the present day sufficiently prove its grandeur in the days of its R
842. y gates, still told the tale of" earthly triumphs which had been celebrated ther
843. hat old city two men are passing quickly venerable old man in the dress of an ec
844. s of an ecclesiastic ; the other clearly showing by his fair complexion, keen bl
845. forsaken, a party of men brushed rudely past them, the foremost of whom was spe
846. ike these spring to your lips so readily. For the sake of your saintly -Master,
847. so readily. For the sake of your saintly -Master, hold your peace imtil we reach
848. hall we be in safety from the unfriendly ears which now may overhear our speech.
849. Scandini^vian ancestors deemed perfectly uncontrollable yielded to its might. Th
850. ined the sea-shore. Cahn and wonderfully ])eautiful was the scene they gazeil up
851. ! ! — My : 166 CATHOMC LEGENDS. family of Massinissa, now vulg-arly called " t
852. NDS. family of Massinissa, now vulg-arly called " the tomb of the Christian." Ab
853. exile, and indifference. vou walk calmly through their desolate homes ; you hear
854. savage threats against Eugenius the holy, the wise, the good, and it scarcely st
855. oly, the wise, the good, and it scarcely stirs your blood." The old man gazed ou
856. eir arms towards Typasus, and mournfully waved their adieus to those they had le
857. ai'k, and as he looked back soi-rowfully to the land he was leaving, a form seem
858. f unspeakable sorrow gazed reproachfully ujion him, and a voice breathed into hi
859. e in all safety the biddings of our holy bisliop ; but first will it please you
860. reak, for I was not in Carthag-e; I only joined Huneric with the last troops wli
861. ce the faith in munbers. Eugenius' reply was, ' Tell Huneric t!iat the door whic
862. it into the hair, vio- My my 168 lently CATHOLIC LEGENDS. dragged off both hair
863. we were baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity, and the bosom of our Mother th
864. ing in agony before her, she perpetually traced upon it the healing sigii of tii
865. me the gift of faith and not for me only, four of us, ere that night closed in,
866. exclain.ed Church." " the priest softly, " thou like Abraham hast sacrificed th
867. ou like Abraham hast sacrificed thy only son, and thou hast become the spiritual
868. , she might day by day offer to the Holy Trinity her prayers over his gTave, in
869. er prayers over his gTave, in the lively hope of a glorious resurrection with hi
870. ildless solitary mother offers the daily sacrifice of her life." "And the clerg}
871. death. The moon is not new since nearly 5000 bishops and priests, and noble Cat
872. onfessoi-s of Christ, ye pass on swiftly to your crowns, but to — whom do you
873. the perfume it is now priest, fervently. sending up in the sight of the company
874. m that the fury of Huneric is especially directed against Typasus at this moment
875. e Thee all that re- Blessed be Tliy Holy Name." Then turning to the youth he sai
876. o the this world. And now depart quickly, ray son," he said, laying- both liands
877. peace, and do my bidding- with the holy bishop. to Fai-ewell." * me over the fa
878. hour of midnight, and they had scarcely collected all that remained of the inha
879. of Catholics, and drove them mercilessly " Even so before tlieui to the forum ou
880. is" with joy. As the sun rose gloriously out of the sea, they saluted it with a
881. ccusto use in battle. Then riding slowly into the arena, he shouted, " Citizens,
882. ared to act as your priest; consent only to be baptised amongst us, and you shal
883. ike the growl of a Avild beast; scarcely could their commanders hold thcin l)ack
884. butchery. Do^ !" A The lie was violently old priest was the first victim. by the
885. hurled to the ground ; and as he meekly stretched out his right hand to the gle
886. axe of the barbarian, he murmured, "Holy Father, grant me only in that day to sa
887. he murmured, "Holy Father, grant me only in that day to sa}'. Of those whom Thou
888. of a God Clioice witnesses are ye t'"\ly^ ^y^9S there speec' ^ Reparatus k less,
889. f Eugenius was still bright with saintly deeds and xmfailing perseverance. In lo
890. risonment, under every kind of contumely, with his head laid upon the block and
891. set in and suffer, not to die. drearily; the holy bishop sat alone in a rough,
892. d suffer, not to die. drearily; the holy bishop sat alone in a rough, rude hut,
893. in a rough, rude hut, ; A which scarcely olffrful any I'csistance to the piercin
894. is eag'cr love of tlie Cross continually added acre. He was writing by the dim l
895. s writing by the dim lamp, when suddenly a mystei'ious awe and terror lell upon
896. t the pastor should and fear exceedingly, for that night two stai-s fallen iVoni
897. ext night the door of the hut was softly opened, and Reparatus the subdeacon kne
898. t of at Tripolis have fallen into deadly sin, and they are speechless. In their
899. s though he would have started instantly to seek the lost sheep ; and then the r
900. not been tried, let them walk heedfully, and be instant in prayer." Eugenius di
901. fe, the agony of that night was the only one which seemed woi-th remembering. Bu
902. N-PREACHER. There was in a town of Italy in the early part of the 14th century a
903. here was in a town of Italy in the early part of the 14th century a convent of F
904. ks, who followed the inile of their holy founder ii^its utmost strictness. The s
905. ive again among his children, so rigidly did they adhere to the constitutions he
906. itutions he had left them, and specially to the religious poverty which he had l
907. om that law which bride. sent them daily from house to house, be"*ging the alms
908. the alms of the faithful as tlieir only support. You might meet them every day,
909. as any fact in history. It has recently been critically examined, and the proof
910. history. It has recently been critically examined, and the proofs thrown to;:^et
911. e mendicant." Still tliC}' lived, hardly enough, yet contentedly ; contempt and
912. }' lived, hardly enough, yet contentedly ; contempt and ill-treatment were like
913. likeliest to prevail, and could scarcely fail of success. His desigms answered a
914. he })eople of the town became gi"adually more and more hardened against the fnar
915. lengtli the alms, which were tlieir only resource, entirely failed, and the dist
916. hich were tlieir only resource, entirely failed, and the distress of the brethre
917. richest man in the town, who had lately married a young and tu'tuous wife, and
918. d at the door of N to entertain iriendly ; 173 Louis's house. CATHOLIC LEGENDS.
919. "Good we have ward you sir," " I verily toiled all the day, for beseech you to
920. avia hath ofttimes bidden xts ask freely when we were in need ;" but his words
921. came to the convent, and tried, piirtly with threats and i)artly with persuasio
922. tried, piirtly with threats and i)artly with persuasions, to induce the brethre
923. r dislike, and where their presence only disturbed the ])ub]ic quiet. The courag
924. or the future for God Himself has surely promised His help to them that keep the
925. his voice that his heart was not wholly with his words ; his confidence was fal
926. ce. And as they 3'ielded to the cowardly sug-g-estions he was whispering- in the
927. which thou so hatest, shall be strictly kept. This is the decree of the Most Hi
928. s ; and shalt streng-then them with holy speech and words of comfort. Aloreover,
929. t-gate, and the porter opened it timidly, for he scarcely knew what to expect. m
930. orter opened it timidly, for he scarcely knew what to expect. monk, dressed in t
931. The porter bowed in silent was signally musical. wonder, and led him to the pre
932. imd of his voice startled them strangely. " Mother of God !" exclaimed the aston
933. " replied the guardian, " you arc surely welcome. you; but the times I would we
934. hers, is Therefore do you err gTievously, inasabout to fail much as you do wrong
935. o his nearest neighbour ; " he is surely a saintly soul, whom it grieveth even t
936. est neighbour ; " he is surely a saintly soul, whom it grieveth even to speak of
937. last ^' speaker. And thou who so lately didst give tliy vows to God, standest n
938. f resolved to break thy faith, and dally with the gilts and lands of worldlings,
939. with us ns you will, for we know verily that He speaks by your mouth." What a m
940. t the first word of exhortation, (iladly would he have retired from a scene that
941. d he have retired from a scene that only tortured him but brother Oblig'atus had
942. all was to have to wear that meek, lowly look of the poor Capuchin, and to rattl
943. tlie walls nary raj)idity, tliey hardly knew how seemed to grow under their lia
944. who ; their strange helper could really be. Some said it was : 186 CATHOLIC LEG
945. admired Br, Obligatus looked doubtfully on this suggestion; for with all his ho
946. n this suggestion; for with all his holy, pious words, they felt as though there
947. bout him from that of the meek and lowly founder of the Friai'S Minor. The fathe
948. rom the new building; and though usually he did not seek his company, vet this t
949. e years to me," said the demon, bitterly; "nevertheless, had I been so permitted
950. necessity," answered the guardian coldly, for he thought it well not to seem to
951. issemble any longer, he tiu-ned fiercely towards his companion, saying-, witli a
952. in his manner which no one dared openly to affront so Louis endured his presenc
953. aid the weeping Octavia, " that the holy friar Obligatus were but here Run for h
954. uis is indeed in need of prayer and holy words, for his hour is come at last." T
955. d on their heads, " That man must surely have seen tlie things whereof he speaks
956. spoken over my dying bed." But scarcely liad Louis heard them, even as Obligatu
957. k upon his piUow. Obligatus bent eagerly over him ; he was quite dead. " Mine !"
958. e liimself," said the bystanders. " Holy father, you have indeed done your utmos
959. s he spoke, he disappeared, men scarcely know how ; nor was he ever seen again.
960. words, and tlio casting away of the holy habit, perplexed them sorely, till the
961. of the holy habit, perplexed them sorely, till the truth was declared, and then
962. r and wide, through many a city of Italy, and in other lands, may still be found
963. on of Hig-h Germany met in full assembly at Stantz, in the canton of Untei-wald.
964. fled from the field of battle with only six companions. Four hundred pieces of
965. throughout Ciiristenclom, and could only be compared to the camps of the Turks,
966. was supported by Savoy, Milan, and Italy. The Swiss had for auxiliaries, Austria
967. fled a second time, having with him only thirty men. Tlie Confederates, after th
968. hrone of Burgundy, was once more totally defeated. The reputation of the Swiss b
969. men who, a hefore, had fought so loyally one for the other, and who had owed the
970. f loyalty and the fear of God so visibly declining among the people; and tlieir
971. urity of manners giving place insensibly to corruption and disorder. The autlior
972. order. The autliorities sought zealously to arrest the progress of evil. But law
973. shness, that the members of the assembly of Stantz could come to no mutual un- d
974. al un- derstanding, and were unceasingly embittered against each other. There we
975. . There were two parties in the assembly at variance with each other; that of th
976. citizens, who would draw them needlessly into They sought to maintain the Swiss
977. r; and these towns had fought faithfully for Switzerland in the wars a^inst Char
978. ne another, to meet again, perhaps, only in the conflict of civil war. That whic
979. ed her, his thonglits turned to the holy hermit, Brother Nicholas, of Kauft, " T
980. esence of a divine blessing is certainly witli him ; all honour ; he is, perhaps
981. ; all honour ; he is, perhaps, the only man whose voice will command att-ention
982. ity. The man who at this epoch, not only in the moun- tains of Switzerland, but
983. f Untens-ald sixtyfour yeai-s previously (in 1417), at the time tlie bishops of
984. ss of gTiilt, and cast itself helplessly on God. P'our cantons, IJri, Scliwytz,
985. alleys, where the silence is broken only by the bell of the herd, the wild song
986. f their fathers, they adhered stedfastly to the true and ancient faith, respecte
987. cret place. His spirit began.tlnis early to mortify the body, in order to give i
988. estors. Nicholas was himself unanimously elected g-overaor and judg-e of Obwalde
989. ed but jie liim })y the General Assembly several rimes feared the great resjions
990. NICHOLAS. 197 of his country and family, and esteemed by all, when, in the year
991. ai-dent desire of being more intimately united with God, in a life of entire se
992. church of St. Nicholas, or to other holy places. These hours of solitude were to
993. ioiths. God also favoured him frequently with miraculous intimations of His divi
994. soling vision. He beheld a fragrant lily, wliite as snow, come out of his mouth,
995. heaven; and if his heart was not wholly detached from the things of earth, he w
996. " Because thou hast given thyself wholly to God, and ait bound to Him for ever,
997. in other parts, he might be unfavourably regarded, and his retreat ]ye disturbed
998. n him. Soon he fell asleep, but suddenly beheld himself surrounded with a bright
999. r, and acquainted him with sent secretly for the cur6 of Kerns, a venerable prie
1000.eating-, in order to be more effectually separated from created things. When I s
1001.d comprehended that this could come only from the source of divine love, I couns
1002.e pious brother was more familiar bodily food. with me than with any other perso
1003.ith any other person, I sought earnestly to learn from him how his strength was
1004.nded with thick underwood, situated only a But the quarter of a league from his
1005.fied life, 201 to be neither by his holy an impostor nor a vain enthusiast, buil
1006. that a man could thus live miraculously by the sole grace of the Almigphty, whi
1007.glorified God on his behalf. It was only on Sundays and festival days that he le
1008.ervices of a priest, he heard Mass daily in his own chapel, and confessed and re
1009.pel, and confessed and received the Holy Communion frequently. He consecrated to
1010.d received the Holy Communion frequently. He consecrated to the service of God a
1011.time he prayed and meditated, especially on the passion of Jesus Christ our Savi
1012.Ulrich was a German gentleman originally from Bavaria, who, after many remarkabl
1013. he led a life similar to his, save only that he could not dispense with food, w
1014.)on his couch, which con 202 sisted only of CATHOLIC LEGENDS. two planks, with a
1015.ce of wood or a stone a pillow. The holy and miraculous life of a man so entirel
1016.and miraculous life of a man so entirely separated from the world, inspired all
1017.imag-e to Einsiedeln, to invoke the holy Mother of God, did not think they could
1018. was not three feet in lengtli, and only half that width to the right and left w
1019.rable had been the issue of the assembly, and implored him in the name of God to
1020.and that he will repair to them speedily." The cure, full of hope, resumed liis
1021.r appeared in the midst of tlie assembly. Notwithstanding his great age, Nichola
1022.majestic figure, which time had scarcely bent, was to be seen advancing across t
1023.fell upon his shouldei-s. Wlien the holy man entered the hall before all the Con
1024.ated his coimt^nance, and tlie lieavenly light which shone from his eyes, a pi'o
1025.nt of God penetrated tlie whole assembly, and they responded to nis friendly sal
1026.mbly, and they responded to nis friendly salutation by rising spontaneously and
1027.endly salutation by rising spontaneously and bowing low before him. After a few
1028.liing your dissensions, which are likely to bring about tlie ruin of our beloved
1029. destruction ? Keep yourselves carefully from all dissension, from all distrust
1030.l you, I will also entreat you earnestly, because I know that it is the will of
1031.t. And 3'ou, Confefortune, will not only exhort derates of the cities renounce t
1032.nd enjoy in repose the liberty so dearly purchased. Do not meddle with too many
1033.with too many external affairs, nor ally yom-selves witli foreigTi powers. dear
1034. defend your Pi-actise country valiantly, and fight like st-aunch men. selfislme
1035. gave His grace to the words of the holy anchorite, says the worthy chronicler I
1036. a man who appeared before this assembly with his hands i-aised towards heaven,
1037.hed on the basis of new laws imanimously enacted. The pacification of all the Sw
1038.cious gifts. He accepted the latter only when they were destined to adorn the ch
1039., Brother Nicholas increased continually. Nicholas lived six yeare longer in his
1040.een an unceasing combat with his earthly nature, a combat which was to continue
1041.. In their presence he received the holy Sacraments witli tokens of deep humilit
1042.nty yeare previous he was bora. The lily had been the favourite symbol of this p
1043. symbol of this pure calm soul; the lily in flower, resplendent with a divine gl
1044.neck, in order that he might attentively observe Nicholas during several days an
1045.m Those all these expedients served only to confirm the truth. who visited him w
1046.uld exist without food, his simple reply was, " God ; knows." 208 CATHOLIC LEQEN
1047.r beauty, and married her, but privately, because it was necessary to conceal it
1048.w^Duiit huts, and thither he accordingly diThis was the hamlet of Soneflte. rect
1049.would have frightened an^^m but the holy missionary. But, like the glass which w
1050.were still but they said 4ittle in reply. pagans, he spoke to them of God, His g
1051.s and mercy, of the redemption of man ly the blood of the Crucified, and of the
1052.eeded on tlieir ears, and lie could only be silent and pray for them. At last th
1053. their god, or whether they thought only of robbing him, the four threw themselv
1054.d thither, guided oy a bloody vapour wly^BBfTvered in the sky, and discovered th
1055.^H ^^ ^j 4 V ^IJP' ST. CiEDMOX. 211 holy Fmllan came, continued, and still conti
1056. and the phrase is never more frequently used than in allusion to those poetic p
1057.of those on whom they are not originally bestowed yet few who use the term, and
1058.eady before the reader; another, equally striking, is to be found in our own ear
1059.triking, is to be found in our own early history it is that of the great : ^ : S his soul CATHOLIC LEGENDS. by a lioly and simple life, and the Jiabit of pray
1061.nd the singing began. We should probably think ; but little either of the; music
1062.hat he could not sing; and good and holy as he was, it g*ave him pain. Canlnion
1063.asliod, and sliuiHed about, and heartily wislicd himself safe in bed, or in the
1064.ted on you as you sat a little awkwardly in your corner, with a glance tliat sai
1065.ght, and rising from his chair as softly as he could, he stole to the door, and
1066.ld not do what, ai'ter all, was scarcely worth the doing ; and how far better it
1067. them; ; and busy with the Though, truly, could and lastly came a doubt whetlier
1068.with the Though, truly, could and lastly came a doubt whetlier the sweetest song
1069.or sing"," replied Ctednion, sorrowfully that reason I left the house and came h
1070.him. He heard the larks carollingsweetly in the morning" air, as they were Avont
1071.they were Avont to do when he went early into the plough-field and tlie mystic g
1072. watch as he plodded home from his daily labour, scarcely know; T. ing" how much
1073.ded home from his daily labour, scarcely know; T. ing" how much Nor was this CJJ
1074. in old time had seemed plain and homely like himself, but now were all bathed i
1075.uty, as though the sunshine had suddenly been let into his heart. And soon he th
1076.houg-ht there followed words, not slowly and heavily, as Cjedmon had been wont t
1077.e followed words, not slowly and heavily, as Cjedmon had been wont to speak, but
1078.which kindles us with a fire that surely first came down from heaven, and was ke
1079. it falls and faded lustre of an earthly fiame. Not so, however, did C^edmou tre
1080.imed the steward ; " now thou art surely beside thyself, or the strong ale thou is neither the ale nor mine own folly that sjx'aketh but a strange vision was
1082.o the verses that I have made, for truly I would have other man's judgment than
1083.m on " Tlie Be^nning of Created Scarcely did the steward know what to think ; fo
1084.ou for tlie Lady Hilda to resolve surely go, and sing even as thou hast sung to
1085.e; and see well that thou tell her truly all things that have befallen thee, and
1086." it is a strange, and methinks scarcely a fitting request. Of what does he sing
1087.s a mystery in this matter which ghostly hands alone can unravel. spirit liath s
1088.s alone can unravel. spirit liath surely spoken to the man, but whether good or is for your reverence to dech^re only this much I know, that words like those
1090.eated Tilings," she marvelled as greatly as the steward had done. The words of t done in that of liis less spiritually-minded master. He began by an address t
1092. young- poet in the first flush of newly developed powei-s has ever been put to
1093.e, and the not less learned or less holy Abbot Adrian, who, between them, as we
1094.ST. CJEDMON. 219 concluded that heavenly gjace had been conferred on him bv our
1095.our Lord. " Yet since we know not surely whether these verees are his own," said
1096.upon him ?" " You say fore will rig-htly," answered Theodore there- a passage of
1097.swered Theodore there- a passage of Holy Writ ; and if he can put the same into
1098.ers began to feel that they had not only found a poet, but a saint in the poor h
1099.he monastic life which being accordingly done, she associated him to the I'est o
1100. into most harmonious verse, and sweetly repeating the same made his masters in, with many other histori(>s from Holy Writ; and of the incarnation, passion,
1102.mpose any vain or trivial poem, but only those which relate to religion suited h
1103.poet, who receiving- his powers directly from tlie hand of God, is bound by his objects which are here so beautifully pointed out, namely, the praise of God,
1105. here so beautifully pointed out, namely, the praise of God, and the exciting- o
1106.ry, where his life was as sweet and holy as were his woi-ds; " for he was a very," continues the same author, " humbly submissive to reg-ular discipline, for reason he also ended his life happily." will g-ive the account of his death i
1109.e did as he had ordered, lie accordingly went there, and conversing- pleasantly
1110.y went there, and conversing- pleasantly and in a joyful manner with the rest th
1111. they had Tliey answered, 'What the Holy Eucharist tliere need of the Eucharist
1112.ikel}' to die, since you talk as merrily with us as though you were JNevertheles
1113.treng-thening' himself with the heavenly viaticum, prepared the entrance into an
1114.tongaie which had com[)osed so many holy words in praise of the Creator, uttered
1115.ortion of Ca-dmon's ode may be literally translated by a hundred lines of our gr
1116.y, who governed her household and family in all holy discipline, and who was amo
1117.ned her household and family in all holy discipline, and who was among; the firs
1118.ishment in that country. She had an only child, named Bernard; a boy whose thou"
1119.gress in some of his studies, especially in g-rammar; but he was wanting- in qui
1120. knew how much a poet : it was certainly a little hard. Poets, as all know, are
1121.had come to this point in his melancholy meditation, he was joined by his mother dunce, and fool, and they speak truly but thoug-h now I could cry, as though
1123.d !" said his mother; "is that your only Heard you ever that poets were happier
1124.etter gifts, Bernard, for this is hardly Avorth your his face : am and a spotles
1125.But, mother," replied Bernard, earnestly, " you know not how the case stands wit
1126.eavy sigh, " I shall never tears; a holy heart : learn." " And so you are in dis be, and yet he found the way not only to read them, but to write them too ; a
1128. change was observed in the boy not only did his former dulness and heaviness of
1129.ness and heaviness of capacity gradually disappear, but a certain depth of feeli
1130.orrow antl glory which formed I41S daily occu{)ation, he i)ent.'trated to tlie v
1131.. cious names which were thus constantly on liis lips sank into his heart, and b
1132. those " merciful eyes" he so constantly invoked it refined his rudeness, and wa
1133.e poets for their airy images and lively fancy, Bernard was happy in the thoiig'
1134. was caiig'ht from no phantom of earthly imagination, but from the influence of
1135.oft and quiet gentleness, that he hardly knew the change ; and when they praised
1136.e found it all in the Rosary. This reply, which he constantly gave, soon became
1137. Rosary. This reply, which he constantly gave, soon became talked about among th
1138.r or the doctor's cap would never surely be denied him. But their liopes and exp
1139.his state, wliilst the disease gradually nssumed a more dangerous oJiaracter. Th
1140.rom uritating the eye; an order strictly obeyed. Nevertheless, in spite of his p
1141.r book nor daylight to help it, but only the familiar touch of those dear beads
1142., blindness was before long not the only evil she had to di'ead; it was soon evi
1143.all the great hopes excited by his newly-displayed talents vanished into thin ai
1144. administering the Viaticum and the holy Unction, he was to receive the last con
1145.ce I have been The priest felt luntarily bowed his an awe stealing* over him, an
1146." " It is joy," answered Bernard faintly, "joy and glory; the sorrow is all gone
1147.e from the monastery of St. Gall." "Holy Mary, help us!" cried tlie monks, as th
1148.d the vessel was once more heard sol'tly parting the waters before her, until th
1149.y in tlie distance. This story jtrobably never reached the ears of Hubert; for a
1150.eady recorded of Hubert was passionately adthe martyr Placidus.* dicted to the c
1151.n some time, there of Aquitain. suddenly sprang" out of the thicket the fairest
1152.d airy movement, that her hoofs scarcely seemed to shake the morning' dew from t
1153.d the bug-les sounded long- and joyously, and Hubert, full of the excitement of
1154.t of by the Imntsmen. He g-ained rapidly on his game, nay, he was even within ar
1155.truths of Christianity were not entirely unknown to him, and he had no difficult, with ; : ; his horse quietly feeding beside him. He mounted, and ful
1157.nd himself before the palace of the holy bishop who then governed the Chiu'ch in
1158.of similarity existed between tlie early history of these two men. Lambert, like leg*end. to pray, he iniintentionally made a slight noise on the pavement of for a certain space. Lambert meekly obeyed; nor did he venture to return ti
1161.s I tliink, the snow is falling lieavily, and the frost is slinrp." Then the abb
1162.inrp." Then the abbot bade tliem quickly call him in; and when he was come, he f
1163.e had done but tlie saint smiled sweetly at him, and said without the smallest a
1164.stru; tion in tlie faith. It need hardly be said that, together Avith the rudime
1165.d desirable in his eyes, and sought only to adhere closely to Christ in the way
1166. eyes, and sought only to adhere closely to Christ in the way of povei-ty and mo his castle and lands in Aquitain only to bid them farewell for ever. Calling"
1168.or his future home, where he might apply himself with greater diligence to the l
1169.iar with his form, and ranged fearlessly about his cell; the timid deer, too, we
1170.ll; the timid deer, too, were especially dear to him, in memory of that " milk-w
1171.dumb creatures of his solitude. His only food was the wild fruit of the forest,
1172. sug'g;estions ; but he met them stoutly, like a brave and valiant knig-ht, and
1173.and thus sixteen years g-lided : rapidly away. he lay on his hard bed, he was sh
1174.ked up, and saw a beautiful and heavenly form bending* over his couch the lovely
1175. form bending* over his couch the lovely head was crowned with a diadem that see
1176.rom the shoulders, and the soft friendly eyes looked down on him with a brother'
1177.ened by a brig-htand ; : Hubert scarcely knew what to think; for the deceits and
1178.ed, he laid his hands and affectionately blessed him. " Go now," he said, " son
1179.of God ofo, and fear nothing- for verily I know that gTeat things lie before the
1180.that the burden which weighs too heavily on weak and aged shoulders shall pass t
1181. fearless simplicity with which the holy Bishop Lambert was wont to reprove sin
1182.eresoever he met with it, could scarcely Two of the most unprinfail to raise him
1183.of Rome, where the first streak of early dawn was just breaking' its golden bars
1184.ed from his sleep by a hand that lightly touched his shoulder he awoke, and star
1185. a faithful and true pastor for the holy Bishop Lambert is gone to God. The swor
1186.hands of the astonished Pontiff a richly-ornamented ])astoral staff*, and disapp
1187.d have taken the whole to have been only a strange and distressing dream, if the
1188.sed as the episcopal crosier of the holy Bishop of Utrecht, had not given eviden
1189.e orders that search slioidd immediately be made throughout the whole of Rome un
1190.; : ST. HUBEKT. 237 gallant and knightly fomi of Count Hubert, and yet neither t
1191. which he still wore, were able entirely to conceal the But it was not the indic
1192. of his bearing*. of g-entle and courtly training' that arrested the eye of the
1193.ining' that arrested the eye of the holy PontitFj it was the meek and saintly ai
1194.oly PontitFj it was the meek and saintly air that breathed in his open brow and
1195."They call me Hubert," he replied humbly; for he had no thought of further decla a worthy master," said Sergius gently, for he feared to declare the fate of t
1197.denness; "when did you hear of tlie holy man, and what tidings did you gather?"
1198.ntle and atlectionate terms how the holy Lambert had met with a martyr's death.
1199. a martyr's death. Hubert wej)t bitterly, for the love he bore his saintly bisho
1200.tterly, for the love he bore his saintly bishop was a true and filial one. *-Tho
1201.he knelt, he embraced him affectionately, and said, " We will both ]M-ay before
1202.e, made him very dear to those lieavenly beings, and drew them closely and famil
1203. lieavenly beings, and drew them closely and familiarly to his side ; for now ag, and drew them closely and familiarly to his side ; for now again we are told
1205.earful heig'ht, when a messenger hastily entered his presence with the tiding-s
1206.weary jouriu^y lay on them, and scarcely would you filling: The Requiem Mass hav
1207.mies. Nor was it long- before the deadly intention of the ti-ooj» ; 240 before
1208.hands on liis breast, and waited quietly to receive the shock of the impetuous c
1209.hey had vanished from his eyes He hardly dai'ed believe the scene that stretched
1210.t at one moment before lay so peacefully in the morning" sunshine j and as he dr
1211.he wilderness, where its dark and unholy rites were still practised in secret by
1212.ful sig'ht, we are told, to see the holy l;ishop keeping the ! liogation-days in
1213.e cross was Ijorne over the spots lately defiled by the sacrifices of tjie heatl
1214. echo through the recesses of the lonely wilderness. St. Hubert retained somethi
1215.ity. The fronts of the houses were gaily decorated with boughs and many-coloured
1216.island of g-aining* its first melancholy celebrity as the seat of heresy; and it
1217.tion which tilled the church was chiefly composed The chance of rude shepherds a, and would afterwards assist publicly at the singing- of tlie divine office i
1219.ersion which were so common in the early days of faith, and so hard of A. succes
1220.h(^ had slain, and to hang them solemnly on an old tree which stood in the middl
1221.agan times and when the Bishop summarily stopped these proceeding's by ordering
1222.s sport. His anger obliged Amator to fly from tlie city but it was at this very
1223.ion to their probut gave himself blindly and unresisting-ly to When the the cour
1224. gave himself blindly and unresisting-ly to When the the course marked out for h
1225.ompany; and with the facility of a truly g-reat speaker, lie g-racefuUy fitted h
1226.e sjfoke to each in turn with a fatherly sweetness; and many a mother's heart wa
1227. before him, was a little child scarcely seven years of age, whose singular beau
1228.s after the sheep, whom it was her daily care to watch and drive home in the eve
1229.nevieve, it was a beauty which certainly had little of worldly accompaniments to
1230.ty which certainly had little of worldly accompaniments to set it off, and to ma
1231. Nanterre; but they serve God faithfully, and Genevieve knows how to say her pra
1232.Geneyou not consecrate yoiu'self wliolly to Him who has chosen you from all eter
1233.ty of the little Genevieve. She scarcely seemed aware that she was an object of
1234.nquiry of the bisliop she replied simply, and without hesitation, ^' It is what,
1235.ions, that your heart Neitlier be firmly assents to what your lips profess. afra
1236. little world of N nnterre may be easily supposed when the peo])le left the chur
1237. of an ordinary man and when, verv early on the following morning-, Sevonis and
1238.e close to his knee, he looked earaestly in " Listen, Genevieve, my dauj^hter,"
1239.uld consecrate your soul and body wholly and entirely to God ?" " Yes, father,"
1240.e your soul and body wholly and entirely to God ?" " Yes, father," she replied,," she replied, as simpl}' and readily as before; *' I do remember it." German
1242. U}). It was a piece of bronze, probably some coin of the country, which chanced
1243.any long- speculations; l)ut g-radiially the away, as they every day saw the lit
1244.s spent for the mo^t j)art on the lonely hills where she watched her sheep, and
1245.of Ilim to whom she had been so solemnly consecrated, g-rew in secret, and unolj
1246. those who surrounded lier were scarcely quick-sig-hted enougfh to disceni or un the child, Avho rather pertinaciously pleaded that she too might be suffered
1248., for I pi'omised him I would faithfully do whatsoever he bade me." " The Bishop
1249.g-hter a heavy box on lier ear. Scarcely had she done so, than she seemed seized
1250. who feels in the dai-k ; " it is surely a jest of for I thine ; thou hast close
1251.answered Genevieve, Avho '^ was terribly frij^htened, "the door and window are w
1252., dear mother, won't you; you can surely see now." But Gerontia could not see; t
1253.on her own head had fallen on her Nearly two hasty words, and she was quite blin
1254.pouse if He is my spouse, He will surely do what I ask Him; and when I go back I
1255.water which you have drawn; for I veiily beheve that this day He will " give me
1256.claimed and t(/ttered Genevieve joyfully, " it is what I have been praying' but
1257.the water?" Gerontia did not immediately answer: with a movement of great revere
1258.d in cherisliing and fonvarding the holy design to which the child liad so resol to which the child liad so resolutely consecrated herself. It wns not long- b
1260.modest exterior. Regardinu her earnestly for some minutes, he delaved ; ; 250 to
1261.LKOENDS. tlie and then turaine- suddenly ; attendant priests, he said, " Bring-
1262." said one of those standing by the holy father Germanus did indeed in some sort
1263.chosen favourite In those times the holy virgins consecrated in their own homes,
1264.votion and mortification, without wholly withBut very drawing* from the society
1265.m the society of their families. shortly after the reception of the sacred veil,
1266.therine of Sienna. For whil>t constantly eng;aged in long jom-neys and troubleso
1267. THE SHEPHERDESS OF NANTERRE. 251 wholly separated fi-ora the world, and who con
1268.her as a saint, many others were equally ready to persecute her as an impostor.
1269.ute her as an impostor. She was scarcely more than twenty when St. Germanus retu
1270.le who beheld the same marvelled greatly; and then he showed to those who despis
1271.her ruin; but his fresh absence in Italy in the year 449 was the signal for a re
1272.ission from the Bishop, and imperatively demanded to be permitted to speak with
1273.^ ohe admonto encourage tliem to a manly defence. ished the women," continues th
1274. fasting, whereby they should powerfully resist and overcome the tyranny of the
1275.nny of the enemies, even as the two holy women Esther and Juditli did in old tim
1276.imminent ; for tidings wei-e continually reaching the tenified inhabitants of th
1277. Attila and his savage army had suddenly clianged their course, and abandoning t
1278.was this circumstance that subsef|uently caused St. Gene\'ieve to be consiilered their iiead lier piety was constantly mited to a patriotism as fervent, and,
1280.taking' it in her hand, she had scarcely touched it, when it instantly relighted
1281.d scarcely touched it, when it instantly relighted of itself ; and bearing it in
1282. of Sienna, comparison which is forcibly sugg*ested in the public nnd patriotic
1283.fe for the preventing- of sin ; her only delights were fasting, prayers, and pen
1284. it was thought that she did then verily see our Lord in open vision, according
1285. for the people whom she loved so dearly, was torn to see them lying- in her way
1286.hat heart was, however, one of too truly heroic a nature to be content with givi
1287.ages, whence they could procure a supply of com and other provisions for the dis
1288.and every avenue from Paris was strictly watched and guarded. Genevieve's plan t of the men ; " I for one will surely go with her one can die but once." His
1290.eeded in bringing them a welcome supj)ly of pi-ovisions, which she liacl collect
1291.rtions of Genevieve, however, could only defer the fate of the city, which fell
1292.reached his ears, and he might naturally have conceived some enmity against one
1293.whose most powerful element was probably to be found in that iniion of hei-oic s
1294.n matteis of consequence, and frequently at her suggestion released prisonei-s,
1295.ed in the bodies of the sick by the holy vii-gin," sa}'s her biogi-apliei-, " wh
1296.did even yet more accomplish spiritually, by her»merits in the souls of men." F
1297.umble she])herdess oi Nanterre, the holy Genevieve ; and we may safely ventiu-e
1298., the holy Genevieve ; and we may safely ventiu-e to say, that rich as the subse both characters, France will scarcely find any to equal her as a heroine, or

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