University of Notre Dame

The Story of Notre Dame
Brother Aidan's Extracts


F. Francais: "It appears to me that the primary cause of the trials we have undergone has been the desire, not to say the mania, for the most rapid possible development. That indeed is the temptation which, alleging good to be done, assails all religious bodies; it is the dangerous incline down which they glide unless a very special grace of God enlightens and fortifies them in time to arrest their descent.

"All our misfortunes have followed, as so many inevitable consequences, our indiscreet haste to exploit and enlarge a life which had not time to become stable and robust." CIRCULAR LETTER FR. FRANCAIS - October 3, 1900. (See also "Drouelle -- Sorin", 1847)

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