Excerpt from The Saintly Triad, or the Lives of St. Patrick, St. Columbkille, and St. Bridget, Commonly Known as the Three Patron Saints of Ireland: With a Concise History of the Missionary Labours of St. Columbkille's Followers in England; To Which Is Added an Account of the Cursing of Tarah With Bell, Book and Candle

We venerate the saints of olden time; we grasp their memory with affectionate embrace; we feel that there was Something holy, some thing super-human about them, something not of this world, which we must love and cherish. - But this is too often all. We care little to fol low what was good and noble in their lives. We care little to imitate their godly examples. And how should we, when we know nothing of them - and are content to know nothing. For as to the wretched scraps of information, (or misinformation rather.) that are to be found in such common books on the subject as are within the reach of poor people, they are more calculated to mislead and injure than to instruct or improve.

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