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Blessed John Henry Newman had some special American counterparts.
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More details about Levi Ives’s life after 1852 are in an article, “Once We Knew How to Rescue Poor Kids,” by William J. Stern, in City Journal, Autumn 1998. Until his death in 1867, Ives devoted himself to scholarship and charity. Encouraged by Archbishop John Hughes of New York, he became a professor of rhetoric at what is now Fordham University and taught at other Catholic institutions. But more significant, according to Stern, was Ives’s creation and leadership of a highly effective charitable institution, the New York Catholic Protectory for delinquent boys.
Read Stern’s article in full for an appreciation of Ives’s remarkable work:
Stern quotes Ives’ own memoir about his agonizing decision at the age of 55 to leave his Tar Heel bishopric and become an unemployed layman, recalling a feeling of “horror… enhanced by the self-humiliation with which I saw such a step must cover me, the absolute deprivation of all mere temporal support which it must occasion, not only to myself, but to one whom I was bound ‘to love and cherish until death.’”
Stern writes: “Ives indeed stood to lose the considerable worldly honor and eminence he had attained within the Episcopal Church. And Ives was right: what would it do to his wife? Her life had not been easy after she married him. The Iveses had lost both their young children to illness, a crushing blow. Rebecca Ives was frequently ill herself. She found the harshness of North Carolina and the distance from her family in New York hard to endure. And her father — Ives’s great, almost fatherly, benefactor — was before his death … the very embodiment of American Episcopalianism.”
A certain amount of fame, together with reputations for what Saint Augustine of Hippo called “heroic virtue,” began the Vatican processes making Elizabeth Seton a canonized saint and John Henry Newman a “blessed.”
Would more awareness of the heroic and prophetic lives of Levi and Rebecca Ives put them on the path toward canonization?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online