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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... as it were, strike St. Teresa's reform upon the stock already prepared for any kind of religious life. M. Gallemant even sent his vicar to Rome to ask for a Bull to carry out this plan, but the Pope did not grant it, because the last of the League wars was still waging, and it was impossible to get the French King's permission. In 1598 another modification was proposed by M. Gallemant. There was at Aumale a convent of Dominicanesses which had dwindled down to three nuns, who were in extreme poverty. M. Gallemant thought of placing these three experienced women at the head of the new convent of Carmelites and making them the instructors of the girls of the place. It will be clearly seen from this idea, how little was then understood generally, even by the most learned and enlightened of the clergy, of what is known as the 'spirit' of Religious Orders, in what that delicate, subtle, and most vital element consists, or the conditions of its being. It was, in reality, as utterly impossible for Dominican nuns to convey the spirit of the Carmelite Order, as it was incongruous for Carmelites to be teaching a school. Accordingly, when the matter was referred to one or two theologians of Paris, of whom Andre du Val was one, they unanimously decided that the Carmelites could never become an educational Order, and again their introduction into France was deferred. Any real work of God, when frustrated and deferred, does not, however, dwindle and perish like the frustrated works of man. On the contrary, it 'bides its time,' waiting hidden, while increasing in force and intensity of life, till its hour is come. And, as usual, when all the efforts and imaginations of the various men who had now been interested in this special work for eight years,...

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