The Ecclesiastical year : its festivals and holy seasons .. to which are added the legends or lives of the saints . the world, so also is the inmate of a religious houseenabled to be more perfectly occupied with the thoughts of God, than the busyman of the world. Free from all care of temporal things, free from familytroubles, free from doubts respecting the actions of others,—the religious hasonly to obey the rules and orders of the superior;—life is more simple and itsroad more straight; time is spent only in religious exercises and in attendingto such affairs as have for their object the ho

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The Ecclesiastical year : its festivals and holy seasons .. to which are added the legends or lives of the saints . the world, so also is the inmate of a religious houseenabled to be more perfectly occupied with the thoughts of God, than the busyman of the world. Free from all care of temporal things, free from familytroubles, free from doubts respecting the actions of others,—the religious hasonly to obey the rules and orders of the superior;—life is more simple and itsroad more straight; time is spent only in religious exercises and in attendingto such affairs as have for their object the ho
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The Ecclesiastical year : its festivals and holy seasons .. to which are added the legends or lives of the saints . the world, so also is the inmate of a religious houseenabled to be more perfectly occupied with the thoughts of God, than the busyman of the world. Free from all care of temporal things, free from familytroubles, free from doubts respecting the actions of others,—the religious hasonly to obey the rules and orders of the superior;—life is more simple and itsroad more straight; time is spent only in religious exercises and in attendingto such affairs as have for their object the honor of God and the benefit of hisfellow-creatui-es. It is for this reason that so many pious persons desire toenter convents, although their circumstances may not permit them to do so.Those, who enjoy the happiness of belonging to a religious order, should thankGod that they have escaped from the many dangers of the world into a place ofrefuge, a place of safety, as far as safety can be obtained in this life. For whatis written of the Church, is true also of a religious community : It is the gateof Heaven.. Calumny. On the twenty-eighth day of May in the year 1453, the Turks took by as-sault the great and splendid capital of the Grecian empire, Constantinople,and from that time it has always been the residence of their sovereign—theSultan. The Turks do not generally force Christians to become apostates, butevery Mohammedan, who becomes a Christian, is punished with death. A fewyears after Constantinople had falleninto the possession of the Turks, a youthfrom the island of Chios named Andrew, came to that city, and being a Chris-tian, was frequently seen attending the churches. Several Egyptian merchantsasserted that this young man had once been a Turk, that they had seen himwhen in Alexandria spit upon a crucifix, trample upon it and throw it in themud—and that consequently he must have apostatized from the Mohammedanfaith. This calumny was to Andrew like a two-edged sw

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