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Pastoral Letter

Excerpt from Pastoral Letter: Addressed to the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of St. John While charity forbids us to exclude any from our affection and our prayers, still, founded on natural law, it accords with a certain preference for those more closely related to us byblood, affinity, and legitimate friendship. In the exercises of faith and piety. By which we work out our salvation, we are so particularly assisted and encouraged by the labours and prayers of those God has placed near us. That our affec tion for them can only be satisfied in the Heart of Jesus, the furnace of Divine love. When we shall have been admitted to the glory of His Vision face to face, when we shall have seen His Heart unveiled and burning with infinite love for us and for them, when we shall have become like Him, because we shall see Him as He is, shall we cease to love our dear ones left mourning and weeping in this valley of tears? Say not so: for, the voice of humanity, as witnessed even by pagans, cries for recognition to the departed; non-catholic professing Christians, too, though strongly opposed to our practice of honouring and invoking the Saints, give abundant testimonies of better Christian instincts, when, under circum stances that allay prejudice, they f 'illy acknowledge that the Angels are looking at us with affectionate interest, and that the Saints are our loving spectators. Tacitus, a pagan, invokes his departed friend: Bring us back, 0 Agricola, from vain regrets to a lively contemplation of thy virtues Virgil thus speaks to a deceased baker who had endeared himself to all around: Be favourable and pro pitious to these whom thou hast left behind so Cicero, Plato, and others, all pagans, yet, heedful of the voice of nature and without a tinge of idolatry, proclaim that we do not wholly die. Non-catholics, rather Puritans, too, than High Church, when deeply moved, forgetful of prejudice, could be quoted in numbers to testify, that the Angels and the departed are lovingly interested in us. That the Angels read our unspoken thoughts, we knew the secret flight of his retiring hours; that they inspire both thoughts and feelings; that they afford us assiduous help; that the dead may share the ministry of Angel power such writers as Wesley, Watts, Spenser, Southey, Dickens, and others, testify in passages of prose and poetry, singularly beautiful, but too long to be inserted here. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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