Excerpt from Tributes of Protestant Writers to the Truth and Beauty of Catholicity
While the sects that broke ofi from the Church soon, like rotten branches, became subject to speedy disintegration, and fell to pieces, the Church stood like a mighty, living, energizing oak of the forest or rather it stood like some majestic monument amid the desert of antiquity, just in its propor tions, sublime in its associations, rich in the v1rtue of its saints, cemented by the blood of its martyrs, pouring forth for ages the unbroken series of its venerable hierarchy, and like the pyramid in the desert, only the more magnificent from the ruins by which it is surrounded.
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