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Corresp: Abbe Rouquette, 1852-1853, 3/29/1852-5/12/1853

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 24
Identifier: GAMMS.8.26.723

Scope and Contents

Written from Mandeville, Louisiana, Rouquette discusses the value of contemplative life and tells Prioress about the book he recently sent her: La Thebaide en Amerique, ou Apoloziade de la vie solitaire et contemplative. 8/4 Mentions closing of school -- how "you so joyfully gave up your school"; how "he is pleased to have his Carmel all to himself"; wants copy of rule and constitution and "secret of your monastic austerities; provides extract from a London journal which discusses value of R. work for American church where so many are "pleasure-seeking" stranded in "satiety and disgust." Sees much progress in American Catholic Church. Still needed: religious houses of retreat for the "weary of heart". America, he says, is still "too animal-minded, too much engrossed in material things." Needs "fair and quiet monastery". America, he adds, "is the true land of toleration." "The pure American is essentially a gregarious animal; he lives his whole life in society; he breakfasts in a crowd -- he spends his morning in a crowd, etc etc...He lives in a hurry ...a restless hurry. / is happy for opportunity to return to regular contemplative life. Quotes Brownson's Review of 1849 on value of prayer. Also 1850 issue, : "of a single pious contemplative; yes, to pray is to act." ; 5/12/1853, he has the permission of his Archbishop to lead a solitary life. R. has sent them 3 copies of his book which has been reviewed in Shepherd of the Valley, the Crusader, and Catholic Herald of Philadelphia.


  • 3/29/1852-5/12/1853



From the Record Group: 1.5 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Carmelite Monastery of Baltimore Repository