History of the Jesuits Volume 2

History of the Jesuits Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ... the political feelings beforementioned were at work. Human nature, on both sides, yielded to the impulse. What one sought to recover, the other sought to retain and enlarge: the jealousies of the college were extended to the mission; and each believed, or sought to make others believe, that his opponents were the destroyers of religion." Whilst persecution raged without, these confessors of the faith within the walls of a prison could find no peace amongst themselves: persecuted by the heretics, these men of orthodoxy persecuted each other, even on the brink of the grave--in sight of the scaffold, whereon, at a moment's notice, they might be summoned to become " martyrs" for the veneration of posterity! I suppress the multitudinous reflections which rush to the mind to explain, to illustrate this striking phenomenon of the human mind, in connection with man, the persecuting animal. There were three-and-thirty prisoners for " the faith" in Wisbeach castle. Only two were Jesuits--one Father Weston and Thomas Pound, or Pond, the quondam cavalier, but now a Jesuit layman. The Jesuit conceived the very laudable project, as it would appear, of regulating the company of confessors, by means of certain rules, as to the hours of rising, eating, studies, prayer, and recreation, whereby, as far as circumstances would permit, they might appear like a college, or regular community. When such a comfortable plan was thought capable of execution, it must be inferred that imprisonment for "the faith," in the days of Elizabeth, was not, after all, the frightful thing of the martyr-mongers. Garnet, then residing in London, drew up the plan of prison discipline: and Weston proposed its execution. The seculars opposed it: but the...
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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 508g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645138
  • 9781236645135