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SAINT STANISLAUS 

  My Reverend Father, it is because I want to become a saint.  

 SAINT FRANCIS  

 Don't you know, my child, that one can become a saint anywhere; it's not the habit or the title of the Jesuits that works this marvel.  

 SAINT STANISLAUS  

 How then is it, my Father, that all Jesuits are saints ?  

 SAINT FRANCIS  

 All are not saints, and the proof is that I, their General, am a mere sinner.  

 SAINT STANISLAUS  

 How can you say such a thing without lying, my Reverend Fa­ther? The whole world says you are a saint who performs miracles.  

 SAINT FRANCIS  

 The world is mistaken, my child, no need to make much of its judgment. If ever that liar comes murmuring such flatteries in your ears, humble yourself and consider what you are in God's eyes.  

 SAINT STANISLAUS  

 O my Father! even if I could work miracles, it doesn't seem to me that I'd be able to be proud; the memory of my earlier life would not be erased from my memory. Ah! I am a miserable per­son, unworthy of the graces of the Good God!... (He weeps.)  

 SAINT FRANCIS  

 The Lord pardons even the greatest faults, but I wouldn't believe you guilty of crimes. To unburden yourself of your sins,if you’re willing to confess them to me, Brother Augusti will leave the room.   

 SAINT STANISLAUS, stopping Brother Augusti.  

 No, my brother, stay; since I'm going to be living with you, I want you to know the reasons for my repentance, so you will treat me as I deserve. (He kneels before Saint Francis. ) My Father, in His mercy, the Good God has deigned to call me to Him, from the dawn ' of my life; but, rather than telling my direc­tor of this calling, I resisted the grace that summoned me for eighteen months. (He lays his head on Saint Francis' knees and weeps bitterly.) 

  SAINT FRANCIS, very moved. 

  My poor child, console yourself; your fault is atoned for by the sincere repentance you have shown. The memory of this failing in faith, far from   

 

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