Excerpt from The Hand of Mercy
Catholics everywhere took them up as their chart of exploration into the realms of en quiry among their non-catholic friends. They have been fruitful of many, very many, conversions. As to earnest seekers after truth, the reading of the graphic, realistic, sympathetic, and often very pathetic narra tives, has given the signal for the last step or thefirst step toward the light. NO Cath olic who has read them IS so humdrum as not to experience a deepening of love for Christ and His Church, a quickening Of zeal, a stimulant at least to the duty of praying for conversions. The feelings attached to holy faith are stirred to delightful activity, and the sequel is the doing of something for making converts, saylng something, giving good books, watching the mental states of outside friends for good opportunities. Who soever reads theseo tales - where all the persons are real, all events have actually hap pened, all inner crises have, in awful reality, existed - must envy the convert-maker his noble vocation, and in God's due time be also led to strive for souls. Not a few have al ready emulated Father Alexander ln re cording in this style the workings of divine grace.
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