The Irish Monthly Volume 8

The Irish Monthly Volume 8

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...of the age of St. Catherine than to make him better acquainted with the Saint herself. It is her character as a woman that most requires to be made known, for it has hitherto been partially concealed by the very splendour of her historical reputation. Stupendous as is the story of her life, it has, nevertheless, a side which brings her within the reach of ordinary sympathies. Catherine, the Seraphic Bride of Christ, espoused to Him at Siena, stigmatised at Pisa, supported on the Bread of Life, the pacificator of Florence, the Ambassadress of Gregory, the Councillor of Urban, the martyr for the unity of the Holy See this is indeed a character that overwhelms us with its very greatness. But Catherine, the lover of God and man, who gave away her will with her heart to her Divine Spouse; the tender mother of a spiritual family; the friend of the poor; the healer of feuds, the lover of her country; Catherine, with all her natural gifts of prudence and womanly tact: with her warm affections, and her love of the beautiful; with her rare genius refined, spiritualised and perfected by divine illumination; surrounded by men and women like ourselves, with whose infirmities she bore, and whom she loved as heartily as they loved her in return; Catherine, with her wise and graceful words, her ' gracious smile, ' and her sweet attractive presence, this is indeed a being to be loved and imitated; we open our very hearts to receive her within them, and to enshrine her there, not as a saint only, but as a mother and a friend." Assuredly, no easy task was undertaken when the author sat down to portray as " a real woman, and not a shadowless ideal" the Seraphic Virgin whose "supernatural favours," "stupendous revelations" and...show more

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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 553g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236582004
  • 9781236582003