'The Oratory: March 2, 1879.


'We look at things from different points of view. Here have I for thirty years been told by men of all colours in belief that I am not a good Catholic. It has given me immense trouble, much mortification, and great loss of time. It has been used as an argument to keep men back from joining the Church; men have said: "Just you see—his own people do not trust him—the Pope snubs him." When then after this period of penance, and this long trial of patience and resignation, [this offer comes] say, would not you yourself in such a case feel it a call of God not to refuse so great a mercy as a thorough wiping away for ever of this stigma such as the offer of a Cardinal's Hat involves, and feel it a heartless act of ingratitude to the generous offerer of it and to the warm-hearted friends who have laboured for it, if I refused it? …

'If the common reports are true, the present Pope in his high place as Cardinal, was in the same ill odour at Rome as {446} I was. Here then a fellow-feeling and sympathy with him colours to my mind his act towards me. He seems to say:—

'"Non ignara mali, miseris succurrere disco."

'How can I not supplement his act by giving my assent to it?

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