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. 1896 Excerpt: ... PART THIRD. MANNING AS A CATHOLIC. (1851-1892.) I. At the age of forty-three, after eighteen years in the ministry and eleven in the dignities of the Anglican Church, Manning again found himself alone, non-commissioned, despoiled, without office, without friends, almost without relations. In these painful experiences he thought he saw a warning from God against human attachments: he put himself on his guard against exclusive affections. Certainly it was not because the sources of love were dried up in that soul, in which we will see them later on playing rather abundantly until the evening of his life. Detached from purely human and terrestrial affections, he had not yet found in the practice of heroic or supernatural charity the use of his power to love. What dominated in him, however, was joy, a celestial joy, the cheerfulness of a soul inundated by the waves of grace, that at last has no obstacles. His priestly vocation had not experienced the shadow of a hesitation. Less than six weeks after his abjuration, on Saturday, the vigil of the feast of the Holy Trinity, Cardinal Wiseman ordained him with his own hands in his private chapel, and the second day after, on Monday, June 16, Manning, whom Father Faber, of the Oratory, had rapidly initiated into that ceremonial which, according to certain far from kindly judges, he never knew thoroughly, celebrated his first Mass in the church of the Jesuits and had Father de Ravignan as assistant at it. Though he already entertained views about him, the cardinal consented to let him go to study in Rome. There Pius IX. received him with these words coming from the heart: Vi benedico con tutto il mio cuore in tuo egressu et in tuo ingressu, treated him as a son, wanted to converse familiarly with him once a month, an...
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