Among the many converts made by the Apostle of the Rocky Mountains, Fr. De Smet (1801-1873), “Many of those baptized died saintly deaths. A girl twelve years of age exclaimed at the moment of death: ‘How beautiful! How beautiful! I see the heavens opening and the Mother of God is calling me to come!’ Then turning to those about her she said: ‘Heed what the Black Robes tell you, for they speak the truth; they will come and in this place build a house of prayer.’” (The Life of Fr. De Smet, p. 124.)
“And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, it repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart, He said: I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth, from man even to beasts, from the creeping thing even to the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noe found grace before the Lord.” (Genesis 6:5-8)
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