Father Stirling

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byJames Mcgrigor Allan

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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. 1864. Excerpt: ... EPILOGUE. THE END OF FATHER STIRLING S TRIALS. After Madeline's death, all the springs of action seemed to be broken in Father Stirling's mind. Although virtually ceasing to officiate as a priest, he never carried out his intention of cancelling his vows, or withdrawing from the communion of the Roman Catholic Church. It was consistent with his character, that he should remain in the Iiomish Church; what inducement had he now to leave it? He retired to his countytown--where the good Father Merrett (who had reconciled him to his mother) still lived. Father Stirling did not sink into imbecility and he was too good a man to become a misanthrope. There would seem to be a certain point at which affliction ceases to have effect; great irreparable sorrows sometimes draw after them a sense of relief. The sufferer appears to defy misfortune to torment him farther. Thus it was with Father Stirling. He waited patiently till the Divine mercy should see fit to heal his sorely-wounded heart. In the words of Michelet: "I have followed this unfortunate man in the career of his privations, and into the miserable life into which he is dragged by the hand of a hypocritical authority. And in his loneliness, on his cold and melancholy hearth, where he sometimes weeps at night, let him remember that a man has often wept with him, and that I am that man." Father Stirling, however, was not quite alone. As it was not in his nature to cease doing good, even in the midst of his great affliction after Madeline's death, he had not lost sight of the indigent family he had so long befriended. Mr. Wilson (its head) was a ruined merchant, and besides living in the priest's house rent free, Father Stirling had succeeded in getting him employment. As the health of his wife and children suf...

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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. 1864. Excerpt: ... EPILOGUE. THE END OF FATHER STIRLING S TRIALS. After Madeline's death, all the springs of action seemed to be broken in Father...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217473679

ISBN - 13:9780217473675

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