260 LES RELATIONS DES JESUITES [Vol.33 animi, magnae patientise, magnarum omnino virtutum; sed eximise ante omnia mansuetudinis. Sacrum de more vix dum absolverat post orientem solem, neque adhuc ab sede sacra discesserant satis frequences qui convenerant Christiani, quum audito hostili clamore, ad arma est subito trepidatum. Ad pugnam alii sese prsecipiunt, ad fugam alii magis praecipites : ubique terror, ubique luctus. Antonius hostem sensit, qua parte infestum imminere magis illuc advolat ; suosque hortatur fortiter, nee christi- anis modo christianum robur, sed fidem plerisque inspirat infidelium ; tanto animi ardore turn auditus loqui de mortis contemptu, deque gaudiis Paradisi, ut jam beatitate sua frui videretur. Et vero baptismum petiere multi; tanto numero ut cum singulis par esse satis non posset, uti coactus fuerit intincto in aquam sudario suo, et circum se effusam plebem, per aspersionem baptizare. Neque interea tamen hostilis remittebat furor : tormentario pulvere omnia late circum perstrepebant : multi circa eum pro- strati, quos simul vitalis unda baptismi, simul lsetha- lis ictus : exciperet fugam ut suos cepisse videt, ipse in lucra animarum intentus, aliense salutis non imme- mor, oblitus suae, ad aegrotos, ad senes, ad infantes baptizandos, casas penetrat, percurrit, zeloque suo implet. Tandem in aedem sacram se recipit, quo christianorum plerosque spes aeternae gloriae, quo infernorum ignium metus, catechumenorum multos perpulerat: nunquam vehementius oratum, nusquam visa fidei verae, ac verae paenitentiae argumenta cer- tiora. Istos baptismo recreat, illos peccatorum vinculis exsolvit, omnes divinae charitatis ardore
1648-49] RAGUENEAU TO FATHER GENERAL 261 his great virtues. He had hardly finished the usual mass after sunrise, and the Christians, who had assembled in considerable numbers, had not yet left the sacred house, when, at the war-cry of the enemy, in haste and alarm they seized their weapons. Some rush into the fight, others flee headlong ; everywhere is terror, everywhere lamentation. Antoine hastened wherever he saw the danger most threatening, and bravely encouraged his people, — inspiring not only the Christians with Christian strength, but many unbelievers with faith. He was heard to speak of contempt for death, and of the joys of Paradise, with such ardor of soul that he seemed already to enjoy its bliss. Indeed, many sought ; baptism and so great was the number that he could not attend to each one separately, but was forced to dip his handkerchief in the water and baptize by sprinkling the multitude who thronged around him. Meantime, there was no cessation in the ferocious attack of the enemy, and everywhere resounded the noise of muskets. Many fell around him who received at the same instant the life-giving water of baptism, and the stroke of death. When he saw that his people had fled, he himself, intent upon the gain of souls,— mindful of the safety of others, but forgetful of his own,— hurried into the cabins to baptize the sick, the aged, and children, and filled them with his own zeal. At last, he betook himself to the church, whither the hope of eternal glory had brought many Christians, and the fear of hell-fire many catechumens. Never were there more earnest prayers, never stronger proofs of true faith and real penitence. To these he gives new life by baptism, those he releases from the bonds of sin ; he sets all on fire with divine love.