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Riassunto: When I first learned that my cousin Hans was coming from Tyrol to live with us while he studied in Vienna, I thought Hans was in for a big surprise, but the one surprised was me. Little by little I began to realize why Hans had that power of attraction. It was because he always clung to and fought for what was great, pure and noble. I too began to aspire to that ideal. I longed to be good, noble, pure... but lacked the necessary will power. From where did Hans get it? I knew it was from Hans s faithful practice of his Catholic Faith but I wanted to be noble and pure by my own unaided effort, I wanted to remain indifferent in religious matters yet be, all the same, a good and upright young man like Hans. I feared that religion would stifle my personality, when in truth it was that alone which could give me true freedom. My cousin Hans helped me begun to realize it. But I fought against it. For years I didn t have the courage to utter that one word, Yes but at that moment I made up my mind. I resolved to carry out what I had so often been hesitant to undertake. I wanted to be noble, generous and courageous, very much like Hans. And from the bottom of my heart I said Yes . Please join me in the story of how my cousin Hans helped me change my life.

L'autore: Franz X. Weiser, S. J. was born in Vienna in 1901, received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Innsbruck, also a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1931 he was sent to the United States for special studies; then he returned to Austria to work as national moderator of student sodalities. In 1938 he returned to the United States. From 1943 to 1950 he was pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Boston. Father Weiser became an American citizen in 1945. From 1950 to 1970 he taught Theology and Cultural History at Emmanuel College and Boston College. In 1970 he retired from teaching. Since 1932, he wrote books in German, and later also in English. In his younger years he published besides The Light on The Mountains other novels for youth. Later his works were devoted mostly to historical narratives on the missions among the Indians of North America. In English, he wrote books on the liturgical year, including The Christmas Book , the Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs , The Year of the Lord in the Christian Home , and The Holy Land . All together, he published 31 books in German and 7 books in English.

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