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106BOOK REVIEWS sanctity. He indicates that she is a Saint who can easily be approached through her attractive personality. Who can not be won over by her utter simplicity, deep sincerity and hatred of every kind of pretensiousness? How truly St. Teresa can be called "Mother of Carmel"! Her own nuns called her "Our holy mother" in her own day. She can well be called Mother by all today who are concerned with their own advance in prayer and seek for her guidance! Vianney Thibedeau, O.F.M. Cap. St. Lawrence College, Mount Calvary, Wis. Os Protomartires do Brasil. By Frei Odulfo, O.F.M. Reprint from Revista Eclesiástica Brasileira, V, 3, September, 1945. Pp. 568-591. This article by Friar Odulfo gives a critical evaluation of the historical sources concerning the martyrdom of the protomartyrs of Brazil. Prior to the year 1550 there is absolute silence regarding this martyrdom in the civil and ecclesiastical histories of the country. Jesuit Fathers make mention of it in their relations of 1550, 1584, and about 1592. The Franciscan sources mention it the first time only as late as 1621. Yet the martyrdom is established beyond a shadow of doubt. The martyrs were two Franciscan friars of Portuguese nationality, but their names are unknown. They were Eut to death by Tupiniquin Indians at Porto Seguro on the coast of Brazil, ut the exact date is not known. Friar Odulfo rejects the dates assigned by modern historians to this tragic event, namely, arrival in Brazil in 1503, and martyrdom in 1505. He holds that the martyrdom did not occur prior to 1516, and not later than 1521. This belated date robs the Brazilian martyrs of the honor of protomartyrs of ALL America. At any event, Friar Odulfo has conclusively proved that the date 1505, accepted by Friar M. A. Habig (Heroes of the Cross, revised edition, Paterson, pp. 24 et seq.) and others, is now untenable (pp. 582-587). John M. Lenhart, O.F.M. Cap. St. Augustine's Friary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. HISTORIA das Missoes Orientais do Uruguai. Publicaçoes do Patrimonio Histórico e Artístico Nacional, N. 9. By Aurelio Porto. Rio de Janeiro : Imprensa Nacional, 1943. Pp. ix+621. This imposing book is the first of two volumes which purport to treat of the subjects: I. Jesuit Civilization in the missions of Eastern Uruguay (the present volume), and II. Jesuit Art monuments in the same territory. The initial purpose of the author was to write a modest study on art in the Jesuit civilization of the missions. But he found, as he says in the books introduction, that "without a previous study of the 'civilizaçâb Jesuítica' which flourished in the missions of eastern Uruguay, and of its connection with the founding of Rio Grande do SuI, it would be difficult to comprehend the Jesuit colonial art." (p. vii) In this first volume, the author gives us a fairly comprehensive history ...

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ISSN
1945-9718
Print ISSN
0080-5459
Pages
p. 106
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-01
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No
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