The Missionary: An Italian Priest's Remarkable Journey of Faith on the Frontiers of the New Worldby Samuel Mazzuchelli
These intriguing questions are answered brilliantly by Samuel Mazzuchelli in his
How does an idealistic young man from a wealthy Italian family transform himself into a missionary working in the rough, lawless West of Early America? How does he persevere in charity work and bringing the Gospel to men, while still maintaining his civility, dignity and composure?
These intriguing questions are answered brilliantly by Samuel Mazzuchelli in his memoir, The Missionary. He was a complex individual, an unknown "Renaissance man", who combined the skills of theologian, explorer, linguist, writer, social organizer and architect. But he also had tremendous faith and conviction, an audacious courage that led him to many unique and exciting encounters. His memoir is a most clearly written and engaging work that will give readers remarkable and unique details about the process of building an entire religious organization from the ground up. Mazzuchelli was a keen observer of incidents of every nature, and a faithful narrator of what he saw and heard. His observations of pioneers and native Americans are invaluable. The priest also very ably discusses what we today would call a "culture clash", his immersion in a very difficult environment, almost all alone to face strange customs, unknown languages, unstable affiliations, marauders, and harsh climate. Mazzuchelli, no doubt emboldened by a long and profitable contact with the people and places of the New World, completes his memoir by making optimistic predictions about America's future role in the world. This perspective, however, is tempered by warnings that greatness would become elusive should the nation fall into moral and religious decay. The Missionary is an invaluable source of information about the founding of a church and nation.
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