Item description for The Life of Father de Smet: Apostle of the Rocky Mountains (1801-1873) by E. Laveille & S. J. Father E. Laveille...
What a story Fr. Pierre De Smet (1801-1873) is mentioned in U.S. history books almost as a footnote, but there was in the mid-19th century America no single person the American Indians trusted as they did this Jesuit Priest. He was \"more powerful than an army\" at a huge treaty conference of U.S. officials and the Western Indian nations near Laramie in 1851, and he was the chief negotiator at another, with the Sioux, in 1868. Impr. 400 pgs, PB
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Studio: TAN Books and Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.01" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN 0895556669 ISBN13 9780895556660
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More About E. Laveille & S. J. Father E. Laveille
Father Eugene Laveille, S.J., was born in 1871 at Val-Saint-Pere, France. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of twenty, and was ordained a priest in 1904. His lifestyle was regulated by a profound piety and spirit of duty, which led him to strive for perfection in everything he did. In addition to writing his biography on The Life of Father de Smet, S.J., he also wrote several other books about priests. His work on Father de Smet was originally published in 1915 with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. Father Laveille died at Arlon on the fifth of January, 1941.
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Inspirational Life of Pioneer Days in America Apr 4, 2008
This is a book I couldn't put down. Father de Smet deserves to be better known for his role in the early pioneer days and conversion of the Native Americans. He was pivotal in quelling the rising tide of war with the Indians, working with the Dept of the Interior, demanding better treatment of the tribes, and asking the government to honor their agreements with them. If Father de Smet had been heeded, the last stand of Custer would have been averted, as he was instrumental in getting Sitting Bull to agree to an early treaty. As for his deprivations - sleeping openly in the mountains and plains, traveling an amount equal to many times around the earth while he cared spiritually and materially for the needs of the many tribes, in hunger and thirst - he counted it but little since his joy in "his children" was great, and the pursuit of souls for Heaven drove him with Divine abandonment. He didn't want honors or an administration job in civilization, but only to be with his Indians, who traveled sometimes for months to reach him and beg him to come back with them to their tribe and teach them about the Great Spirit. This book leaves you wondering why Rome never canonized him, for he was truly a second St. Francis Xavier, and was known as such during his lifetime.
Man of Peace Feb 1, 2006
A fascinating read of how one man and a handful of his peers brought civility, harmony and accord between the Indian and white populations of the mid-1800's. That is, until the government and corruptness intervened with their pompous and egotistical methods of disregard and indifference for human life. Many of these nineteenth century bloodbaths on both sides could have been avoided, or at least minimized, if the government would have allowed Father Pierre De Smet and his companions to follow through with their pacifistic ways. Instead the U. S. military, and thereafter President Grant's bogus "Indian Peace Policy" was initiated. This proved to be a sham. The Indians adored the "Black Robes" and that can not be refuted. Father De Smet was a man of unparalleled accomplishments. Greatness. He was many times sought out for his insight and vision. An absolutely wonderful read.
A great man who should be better known Jan 30, 2003
This biography, penned originally in 1915, is a splendidly written story of an amazingly fruitful life, so full of adventure that one often feels as if they're reading a novel. Over the course of his life, Fr. de Smet travelled nearly 300,000 miles. He braved shipwrecks, blizzards, drought, famine, sectarian strife, hostile tribes, horrible food, sickness and every imaginable hardship for the sake of the Gospel. Especially dear to his heart were the Indians of the Plains and Rocky Mountains--the Flatheads, Kalispels, Coeur d'Alenes, Pend d'Oreilles, Sioux, and many others. By the end of his life, he had baptized thousands of people, brought succor to the afflicted, food to the hungry, and on several occasions was instrumental in bringing peace between warring tribes and the United States.
The book itself is a true pioneer story and reveals a slice of life on the frontier (1823 through 1874) that is rarely seen. As such, it will be of great interest to any student of American history and those who wish to learn more about the great contributions made by those intrepid men of the Jesuit order.
Father de Smet represents everything the Society of Jesus used to be: strong, austere, manly, intelligent, compassionate, courageous, generous, and positively on fire to win souls for Christ. Many of his rather soft brethren of today could learn a lot from his excellent example.