Monday, 10 November 2014

Merry In God: A Life of Father William Doyle, S.J.

This book is mainly for young people, or for old people who are young.

In simple words it tells of one whose story has already gone forth and gone straight to many hearts in many lands, and won their admiration and affection.

It makes little attempt to analyse or explain the spiritual ideals and practices of its hero. All this has been done scientifically and splendidly by Professor Alfred O'Rahilly in Father William Doyle, S.J., from which much of this Life has been taken.

It is the inspiring story of a youth who set out to make himself a saint; who in his search after holiness arouses admiration, amazement, smiles and laughter, kept a most human kindliness, tolerance, and whimsical humour towards others; who all his days longed to die a martyr, and whose body, mangled by a shell, as he ministered to a wounded man, lies in an unknown grave in Flanders.

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