Sister Mary of St. Philip (Frances Mary Lescher) 1825-1904

Sister Mary of St. Philip (Frances Mary Lescher) 1825-1904

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...of the labours and success both of them and of their teachers. In a drama by M. de Lavedan, the Prince d'Aurec declares that he will show he can die "like a Prince." " No more than the rest of us," retorts a man of the people. To whom the Prince replies: " I l y a la ma'n'iere." That was just it; whether Sister Mary of St. Philip taught or played or prayed, il y avait la maniere, inimitable, delightful, persuasive, nay, compelling. A Jesuit Father who held her in high esteem and much affection, and who, through retreats given at the Training College and a wide intercourse with teachers, had had many opportunities of gauging her influence, wrote after her death of " the void created by the departure of the Queen-Mother, or rather Mother-Queen." No happier phrase could characterise her relation to her subordinates; on the one side her power, with all that made and ministered to it, on the other her motherhood, wise, tender, selfless, apostolic. Her authority was, it is true, well served by her appearance. Like Lear, she had that in her countenance which men would fain call " master "; like Romola, " that way of walking, like a procession." These things struck those who saw her but for a moment. " What a splendid Lady Macbeth! " a gentleman was heard to remark as he passed her in the street. But they were only the trappings and suits of her power; the real thing was within and made itself felt rather than seen. Her authority, in fact, was seldom asserted, yet more seldom imposed; it imposed itself. Still less, as we have already seen abundantly, was she of those rulers who never, so to speak, dare show themselves in undress; are always...
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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236761901
  • 9781236761903