The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 12 of 55 eBook

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sermons to the Spaniards in one day, because the occasion demanded it.  At the same time he did not neglect the Indians with all their variety of tribes and tongues.  It was a providence of our Lord that he remained alive after the decease of the governor; for with his good judgment and kindly disposition he not only consoled and animated the army, but was of great service to them, and gave them wise advice, in matters of importance which required careful management.  He scourged himself every morning when he arose for prayer, and almost always wore a hair-cloth shirt.  He never ate supper, that he might be better prepared for his prolonged vigils, study, and prayers.  In fine, he employed so well the short time that he spent in the religious life that I am sure that it was equivalent to a service of many years.  He lectured on rhetoric in our college of Avila and was able to give instruction in theology.  He fulfilled this office most satisfactorily and profitably to his students, for his intellect and erudition were very profound.  On holidays and feast-days he rested by going from village to village, preaching each day two, three, or four sermons.  His manner of treating persons was very gracious, and consequently he aroused all Avila to fervor, ecclesiastics as well as laymen.  All regarded him as their apostle and teacher, and so treated him, whether present or absent.  Leaving that employment, he went forth to the Filipinas, where he arrived, as we have said, in June of the year one thousand five hundred and ninety-five.  During the voyage he was not idle, but rather kindled the fervor of all on the ship with discourses and sermons, as I was told in his praise by the commander of the fleet, and by the father commissary of the Holy Office in the province of Pintados, the associate of the right reverend bishop of Sebu.  I conducted him to Leite where I left him with Father Cosme de Flores as foundation-stones of Christianity in that region, where they accomplished the fruitful results that I have described.  In Mindanao his greatest affliction was to find himself alone, foreseeing, from his great labors and little strength, that he had not long to live, and knowing that at his death he had no one who might aid and console him.  He thus expressed himself a very few days before he died, to a soldier to whom he had just administered extreme unction:  “Render thanks to God that you have had some one to administer to you at this hour the holy sacraments; unhappy wretch am I, who have no one to do as much for me.”  But God our Lord, who is a faithful friend, supplied this want, according him a glorious death, with abundant consolation from heaven.  A few of his pious and devout followers received his body, burying it in the very chapel where he celebrated mass—­without funeral rites, but with grief and tears, and concern that his bones should be preserved until borne to a more worthy resting place.  This was done as soon as his death was made known; his remains were
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