The Life and Acts of Saint Patrick: The Archbishop, Primate and Apostle of Ireland

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Hibernia Press Company, 1809 - 309 pages

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Page 217 - Lord to prepare his ways ; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God ; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Page 35 - ... horror. Then the saint, confiding in the power of the divine mercy, cast into the sea an altar of stone that had been consecrated and given to him by the Pope, and on which he had been wont to celebrate the holy mysteries, and caused the leper to sit thereon. But the pen trembles to relate what, through the divine power, happened. The stone thus loaded was borne upon the waters, guided by Him, the head-stone of the corner, and, diverse from its nature, floating along with the ship, held therewith...
Page 138 - And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world; that they which see not might see, and that they which see might be made blind.
Page 32 - Staff that had been formed for hiť own hands, was he pleased-, through PATRICK, to do many and great wonders to the conversion of many nations. And the Staff is held in much veneration in Ireland, and even unto this day it is called the Staff Of Jesus.
Page 181 - For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Page 31 - Church, that he might learn to think humbly of himself, to walk with the lowly, and to bear with the 'weak, permitted him to feel his own inferiority : so that the more deeply he was fixed on the foundation of true humility, the more firmly he might stand in the height of perfection. For a desire of eating meat came on him, until being ensnared and carried away by his desire, he obtained swine's flesh and concealed it in a certain vessel ; thinking rightly that he might thus satisfy his appetite...
Page 109 - ... nun, whilst she was delighted with the sweet singing of Benignus, entertained, at length, a more earnest desire towards the man of God, who knew nothing of this unhallowed flame which hardly could she contain in her bosom. Taught by a woman's cunning, she feigned extreme illness, and withdrew as into her sick bed. and besought that from Benignus she might receive spiritual counsel and the Holy Communion. But St. Patrick, at the revelation of the Spirit, was not ignorant of what distemper did...
Page 179 - Cruachan-Phadraig ; and by the power of his word he drove the whole pestilent swarm from the precipice of the mountain, headlong into the Ocean. — O eminent Sign ! O illustrious Miracle, even from the beginning of the world unheard ; but now experienced by tribes, by peoples, and by tongues, known unto all nations, but to the dwellers in Hybernia especially needful ! — And at this marvellous, yet most profitable sight, a numerous assembly "was present ; many of whom had flocked from all parts...
Page 157 - Wonderous was the event to be told, yet more wonderful to come to pass. — The Goat which was swallowed in the stomach of the Thief bleated loudly forth, and proclaimed the merit of Saint PATRICK.

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