玛丽I took this interval to say to the clergyman, first, that I wasglad to see the particulars we had both been witnesses to; that,though I was hard enough of belief in such cases, yet that I beganto think it was all very sincere here, both in the man and hiswife, however ignorant they might both be, and I hoped such abeginning would yet have a more happy end. "But, my friend," addedI, "will you give me leave to start one difficulty here? I cannottell how to object the least thing against that affectionateconcern which you show for the turning of the poor people fromtheir paganism to the Christian religion; but how does this comfortyou, while these people are, in your account, out of the pale ofthe Catholic Church, without which you believe there is nosalvation? so that you esteem these but heretics, as effectuallylost as the pagans themselves."365小玛丽玛丽
玛丽To this he answered, with abundance of candour, thus: "Sir, I am aCatholic of the Roman Church, and a priest of the order of St.Benedict, and I embrace all the principles of the Roman faith; butyet, if you will believe me, and that I do not speak in complimentto you, or in respect to my circumstances and your civilities; Isay nevertheless, I do not look upon you, who call yourselvesreformed, without some charity. I dare not say (though I know itis our opinion in general) that you cannot be saved; I will by nomeans limit the mercy of Christ so far as think that He cannotreceive you into the bosom of His Church, in a manner to usunperceivable; and I hope you have the same charity for us: I praydaily for you being all restored to Christs Church, by whatsoevermethod He, who is all-wise, is pleased to direct. In the meantime,surely you will allow it consists with me as a Roman to distinguishfar between a Protestant and a pagan; between one that calls onJesus Christ, though in a way which I do not think is according tothe true faith, and a savage or a barbarian, that knows no God, noChrist, no Redeemer; and if you are not within the pale of theCatholic Church, we hope you are nearer being restored to it thanthose who know nothing of God or of His Church: and I rejoice,therefore, when I see this poor man, who you say has been aprofligate, and almost a murderer kneel down and pray to JesusChrist, as we suppose he did, though not fully enlightened;believing that God, from whom every such work proceeds, willsensibly touch his heart, and bring him to the further knowledge ofthat truth in His own time; and if God shall influence this poorman to convert and instruct the ignorant savage, his wife, I cannever believe that he shall be cast away himself. And have I notreason, then, to rejoice, the nearer any are brought to theknowledge of Christ, though they may not be brought quite home intothe bosom of the Catholic Church just at the time when I desire it,leaving it to the goodness of Christ to perfect His work in His owntime, and in his own way? Certainly, I would rejoice if all thesavages in America were brought, like this poor woman, to pray toGod, though they were all to be Protestants at first, rather thanthey should continue pagans or heathens; firmly believing, that Hethat had bestowed the first light on them would farther illuminatethem with a beam of His heavenly grace, and bring them into thepale of His Church when He should see good."玛丽365小玛丽玛丽CHAPTER VII - CONVERSATION BETWIXT WILL ATKINS AND HIS WIFE玛丽玛丽I WAS astonished at the sincerity and temper of this pious Papist,as much as I was oppressed by the power of his reasoning; and itpresently occurred to my thoughts, that if such a temper wasuniversal, we might be all Catholic Christians, whatever Church orparticular profession we joined in; that a spirit of charity wouldsoon work us all up into right principles; and as he thought thatthe like charity would make us all Catholics, so I told him Ibelieved, had all the members of his Church the like moderation,they would soon all be Protestants. And there we left that part;for we never disputed at all. However, I talked to him anotherway, and taking him by the hand, "My friend," says I, "I wish allthe clergy of the Romish Church were blessed with such moderation,and had an equal share of your charity. I am entirely of youropinion; but I must tell you that if you should preach suchdoctrine in Spain or Italy, they would put you into theInquisition." - "It may be so," said he; "I know not what theywould do in Spain or Italy; but I will not say they would be thebetter Christians for that severity; for I am sure there is noheresy in abounding with charity."
玛丽玛丽Well, as Will Atkins and his wife were gone, our business there wasover, so we went back our own way; and when we came back, we foundthem waiting to be called in. Observing this, I asked my clergymanif we should discover to him that we had seen him under the bush ornot; and it was his opinion we should not, but that we should talkto him first, and hear what he would say to us; so we called him inalone, nobody being in the place but ourselves, and I began byasking him some particulars about his parentage and education. Hetold me frankly enough that his father was a clergyman who wouldhave taught him well, but that he, Will Atkins, despised allinstruction and correction; and by his brutish conduct cut thethread of all his fathers comforts and shortened his days, forthat he broke his heart by the most ungrateful, unnatural returnfor the most affectionate treatment a father ever gave.玛丽详情