A PRISMATIC IMAGINATION WHICH EMBELLISHED EVERYTHING AND MADE EVERY PROSPECT APPEAR IN ITS MOST BRILLIANT SIDE
Father Daly was an optimist whose sense of judgement was to lead the Oblates into some trouble later on. It did, however, encourage the Oblates to invest themselves in this part of the world and to begin a highly successful missionary province.
“Father Daly,” as we read in Chroniques de la province d’Angleterre, “was endowed with a prismatic imagination which embellished everything and made every prospect appear in its most brilliant side. ”No doubt carried away by Father Daly’s enthusiasm and encouraged by the warm reception received at Dublin, Father Aubert soon entertained great dreams. His letters to Bishop de Mazenod have now disappeared, as well as the one he wrote to Father Honorat at Longueuil (Canada), however this Father gave a resume of it when he wrote to Bishop de Mazenod on November 23: “Reverend Father Aubert wrote to us from Dublin to give us very consoling news which even will yield an influence here in Canada among our friends and enemies. He even promised us a man for next spring. It’s encouraging to have a house with a novitiate in England and one in Ireland. Numerous candidates are expected for the novitiate. Surely God is interested in us and our dear Mother is protecting us.”
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