Good Holy Water

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Wimmer Wednesday

“Thus far, we have had a very enjoyable voyage, except that on February 3, a very heavy storm rose from the southwest and lasted for 12 hours. Our old Canada endured, though with pants and groans. It was in the region where the Arctic went down. I felt that a thousand devils were howling to bring us to the same misfortune. Such a musical forte evoked in me a particular and general examination of conscience, and the sharp spray, like ice blown in one’s face, was good holy water. My stomach did not get upset but withstood nausea and dizziness as the ship pitched and rolled. Ergo Pater Bonifacius is coming again, in person, with this letter. Prepare ye the way of the Lord, because for love of Him, he is making a long and dangerous voyage.”

On Board the Canada, February 8, 1855

Letters from An American Abbot