THE MANNER IS ORDINARY by John La Farge

THE MANNER IS ORDINARY

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Brother to Oliver and son of the muralist John LaFarge, the author of this autobiography has spent his life as a Jesuit father whose most noteworthy task has been the editorship of the Catholic Review, and as a man whose acquaintances have numbered men like Henry Adams, Henry James and Theodore Roosevelt. Broad minded yet dedicated, his story reflects the flavor of his vast learning and interesting background. Born in Newport and raised there and in New York in the ""best"" circles, John LaFarge was not without great spiritual and artistic influences in youth , through relationship with his parents. Already a Catholic, his father gave his faith to his wife which she kept in many ways more than he and often suffered in her position as the wife of a temperamental artist. Through Harvard, La Farge became strengthened in his faith, to the point that his comments on Santayana and later on Adams and James are Catholic rather than objective, and from there his path to Innsbruck, ordination and work in parishes in and near Maryland, was unwavering. Interracial work, and later political comment as an editor, are marked with his belief in church-state separation, but ardent desire for a one-world Christianity. A select biography for a Catholic audience by a dignitary of the Church.

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 1953
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace