University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 506       steady progress and unceasing development of the work of the Holy 
             Cross in America, it should be the one who came first to commence 
             it and who to this hour ever remained its principal Director.  But 
             he more than anyone else feels absolutely convinced that whatever 
             the devotedness of his associates and co-workers may have been, it 
             would have amounted to and resulted in a complete failure, if God 
             had not blessed their puny exertions in the undeniable manner he 
             did, making of us so many living witnesses to the truth of his 
             apostle's solemn declaration, that the weakness of God is stronger 
             than men; that the foolish things of the world God hath chosen 
             that he may confound the wise; that he hath chosen the weak things 
             to confound the strong; and the base things and the things that 
             are contemptible hath God chosen, and the things that are not, 
             that he might bring to nought the things that are, that no flesh 
             should glory in his sight--I Cor., 1, 27-29.  This precious and 
             most consoling text is familiar to all missionaries.  I learned it 

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