REV. Fr; Rooney's Oration on St. Patrick's Day
Excerpt from Rev. Fr; Rooney's Oration on St. Patrick's Day: Delivered at St. Dominic's Church, San Francisco, 1878 "You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, that you may declare His virtues who hath called you out of darkness into His admirable light. " - 1st Epistle St. Peter, ch. 2, verse 9. Beloved Christians: - It is not my intention to be so presumptuous as to imagine that I can entertain you to-night with praise adequate to the deserts of Ireland's glorious Apostle. You need not expect to behold a perfect delineation of the rare virtues and noble exercises of religion practised by him; for not St. Paul himself, who had awe-stricken his audience of the Areopagus, nor St. Chrysostom, who received, whilst he was electrifying his people with his golden eloquence, a spontaneous burst of applause, nor St. Basil, the Christian Demosthenes, could do justice to the subject before me to-night. Nay, there is no finite being that can truly paint the grand character of our national Saint; it will then be reserved for the infinite alone to pronounce on the great accounting day a perfect eulogium of the life and labors of Ireland's Apostle, for He alone knows the immensity of good he has accomplished, and the intrinsic value of the virtues with which his soul was adorned. It is the common opinion of the learned that he was born in France, of a noble family, about the-., end of the fourth century. We are entirely ignorant of his ca rear of life until his sixteenth year, when, by the disposition of ran all-wise and just Providence, he was led captive, and sold to a petty prince in county Antrim, Ireland. After being six years in bondage, he was miraculously delivered from his shackles. He feels within himself an ardent desire of serving that country in which he endured all the pains and torture of temporal slavery, rand desires to see her emancipated from the more galling yoke that Satan had put upon her, and that she might be bedizened with the nimbus of faith. In his slumbers he sees the children of Ireland stretching forth their tiny hands toward him and imploring him in piteous tones to come among them, and administer to them the consoling helps of religion. A soul like his, that was on fire with the love of God, and consequently of his neighbor, could not resist such an appeal. He recognized that it was the will of God that he should dedicate himself to His service in the holy ministry, and he at once set about qualifying himself for that noble and more than angelic duty. He said within his holy soul: "As God has evidently called me to be an apostle, to be a messenger of His divine word, He wishes that I take the proper means to arrive at such an august end." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com 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.