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Our translator speaks about Gueranger

Canisius | 13 January, 2006 21:53

Fr. Shepherd wrote some very devoted lines about Gueranger, quoted in Johnson, p. 420:

'The Abbot Dom Gueranger was perhaps the most learned Prelate of his age, at least in those sciences which are ecclesiastical. God had gifted him with all those talents which are requisite for a Master in Christian Israel. He wrote much, and not a single error can be detected in his writings. His whole life was a life of study and prayer; and what he once read, he never forgot, and could use it, years after, when occasion served. In every line, he reveals his burning love for the Church. This love for the Church might be called his ruling passion. It was his very life. He knew its spirit, its history, its traditions. He knew its grandeur and he was ever teaching it to its disciples. He knew what it required of its followers, and he was, for forty years, giving a daily conference on those duties. Go to him when you pleased, and you had but to question him on the subject, and you had satisfaction. If you wanted to give him pleasure, you had but to present yourself before him with a long list of questions; the more, the better pleased he was. I cannot imagine any master more desirous to impart knowledge than he was.'

Not a single error can be detected? Well, a bit extreme perhaps, but a worthy sentiment in our translator. You want a translator who is wholly intent on transmitting the author's thought.


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