Excerpt from Our Lady of Lourdes
They will be able to see how, even in the absence of all material force, this Religion is all-powerful for the maintenance of order; how, amid excited multitudes, it can restrain within just bounds the anger and indignation, however justified, of exasperated minds. They will be able to sec lastly how the Clergy cooperate by their loyal efforts and zeal towards the attainment of such results, and how, far from encouraging superstition, they display infinitely more deliberation and severity of investigation than any other class of men, when it is a question of pronouncing judgment with reference to facts which seemingly surpass the ordinary powers of nature.
Your narrative, in no less luminous a manner, will render manifest the following truth - that impiety declares war against religion entirely in vain, and that the attempts of the wicked to hamper the divine counsels of Providence by human machinations are utterly unavailing, the perversity of men and their criminal audacity serving, on the contrary, as a means, in the hands of Providence, to confer on its works more power and splendor.
Such are the reasons which have induced us to receive with the most lively joy your work entitled: Our Lady of Lourdes.
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