A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES by

A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Biographies of religious order founders are usually of little interest to any but those immediately involved with the fruits of their work. This life story of the Venerable Francis Libermann falls into the same difficulties which minimize the appeal of such books when it persists in detailing much that is of parochial interest only. But the framework of a fascinating personal story is here. Francis Libermann was the son of a Jewish Rabbi who was trained by his father to follow in his footsteps. But he turns from these pressures to seek his own answers. In the process of his search he becomes a Catholic. Sickly, suffering from epilepsy he begins to study for the priesthood. The mental trials and hardships endured later especially on assignments working with the poor and afflicted in Africa and Europe make for unusual reading. It is remarkable that such a man could be meant by God to found his own Order -- the Congregation of the Holy Heart of Mary which he later merged with the Congregation of the Holy Ghost. What happens to this man of God during a life wracked with pain and illness makes this book worthy of publication in that it offers insight into an understanding of the supernatural drive that makes such a person a reality and inspiration to his fellow man. More than one hundred years later Francis Libermann's works continue to multiply through the many activities in which the Congregation of the Holy Ghost engages. This is a better than average life of a religious order founder.

Publisher: Bruce