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‘The world may be more than a mere combination of events.’ – Louis Pasteur via American Minute

by Bill Federer
Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis recommended in 1844 that doctors at Vienna General Hospital wash their hands after doing autopsies and before delivering babies to prevent mothers from dying of puerperal fever.In the early 1800’s, nearly 25 percent of all mothers giving birth in hospital maternity wards were dying of puerperal fever, with epidemics sometimes reaching 100 percent.

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was so ridiculed for his ‘hand-washing’ suggestion that he had to leave Vienna and eventually died in a mental asylum.

In America, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., made the same suggestion and was similarly criticized by medical professionals.

It was not until Louis Pasteur confirmed the existence of microscopic germs that hand-washing became an accepted medical practice to prevent disease.

Dr. Jospeh Lister in Scotland applied Louis Pasteur’s studies of infectious microbiology to the pioneering of sterile surgery. “Listerine” antiseptic mouthwash was name for him.

Dr. Joseph Lister stated: “I am a believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity,” and told a graduating class:

“It is our proud office to tend the fleshly tabernacle of the immortal spirit, and our path, if rightly followed, will be guided by unfettered truth and love unfeigned. In pursuit of this noble and holy calling I wish you all God-speed.”

Louis Pasteur became a professor of chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, where in 1849 he married Marie Laurent, daughter of the University’s rector.

Tragically, three of their five children died of typhoid, which led him to research the causes and preventions of diseases.

Louis Pasteur’s study of micro-organisms and his germ theory revolutionized medicine.

Pasteur developed vaccines for rabies and anthrax, drawing on Edward Jenner’s 1796 method of inoculating people from smallpox by “vaccinating” them with cowpox – (“vaca” being Latin for cow).

Louis Pasteur laid the foundation for the control of tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria and tetanus – diseases which had killed millions.

Louis Pasteur along with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch are considered the fathers of the science of microbiology.

Describing anaerobic (without oxygen) bacteria, Louis Pasteur commented:

“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. Into his tiniest creatures, God has placed extraordinary properties that turn them into agents of destruction of dead matter.”

In The Life of Louis Pasteur, written by Rene’ Vallery-Radot, translated by Mrs. R.L. Devonshire, (McClure, Phillips & Co., 1902, Vol. 1, p. 260-262), Louis Pasteur wrote in a notebook, 1871:

“Life is in the germ, that it has been but in a state of transmission since the origin of creation.”

In an interview with the Mayor and the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Orleans, France, Louis Pasteur talked of:

“Science, which brings man nearer to God.”

Louis Pasteur, as Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Lille University in France, researched how micro-organisms spoiled beverages, such as beer, wine and milk.

In January, 1860, Louis Pasteur wrote to Chappuis (Vallery-Radot, Life of Louis Pasteur):

“I am pursuing as best I can these studies on fermentation which are of great interest, connected as they are with the impenetrable mystery of Life and Death.”

Louis Pasteur developed the process of heating the liquids to kill most bacteria and molds, which became called “pasteurization.”

President Eisenhower wrote January 8, 1954:

“Pasteurization of milk has prevented countless epidemics and saved thousands of lives.”

As a young man, Louis Pasteur wrote to his sisters, November 1, 1840 (Rene’ Vallery-Radot, The Life of Louis Pasteur, translated by Mrs. R.L. Devonshire, Vol. I, NY: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1902):

“These three things, Will, Work, Success, fill human existence. Will opens the door to success both brilliant and happy; Work passes these doors, and at the end of the journey Success comes to crown one’s efforts.

And so, my dear sisters, if your resolution is firm, your task…is already begun; You have but to walk forward… If perchance you should falter during the journey, a hand would be there to support you.

If that should be wanting, God, who alone could take that hand from you, would Himself accomplish its work.”

At his formal inauguration to the Faculty of Letters of Douai and the Faculty of Sciences of Lille, Louis Pasteur remarked, December 7, 1854:

“Dans les champs de l’observation, le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés” (In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.)

President George H.W. Bush referred to this statement, February 13, 1989:

“You know, Louis Pasteur once said: ‘Chance favors only the prepared mind.’…For America to be prepared for the future, our children must be educated.”

In a letter to his father, February 7, 1860, Louis Pasteur wrote (Vallery-Radot, Life of Louis Pasteur):

“God grant that by my persevering labors I may bring a little stone to the frail and ill-assured edifice of our knowledge of those deep mysteries of Life and Death where all our intellects have so lamentably failed.”

Upon his father’s death, Louis Pasteur wrote (Vallery-Radot, Life of Louis Pasteur):

“Dear children, the dear grandfather is no more…Until the last moment I hoped I should see him again, embrace him for the last time…He died on the day of your first communion, dear Cécile; those two memories will remain in your heart…

I was asking you to pray for the grandfather at Arbois College. Your prayers will have been acceptable unto God, and perhaps the dear grandfather himself knew of them and rejoiced with dear little Jeanne over Cécile’s piety.”

In The Life of Louis Pasteur, written by Rene’ Vallery-Radot, translated by Mrs. R.L. Devonshire, (Vol. I, NY: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1902, p. 257), Louis Pasteur wrote:

“Great discoveries…introduce into the whole of Society that philosophical or scientific spirit, that spirit of discernment, which submits everything to severe reasoning, condemns ignorance and scatters errors and prejudices.

They raise the intellectual level and the moral sense, and through them the Divine idea itself is spread abroad and intensified.”

In the book, Louis Pasteur by Patrice Debre’, translated by Eblorg Forster (John Hopkins University Press, 1998), Louis Pasteur is quoted as saying:

“In each one of us there are two men, the scientist and the man of faith or of doubt. These two spheres are separate, and woe to those who want to make them encroach upon one another in the present state of our knowledge!”

President Lyndon B. Johnson stated April 7, 1966:

“Years ago Louis Pasteur said, ‘I hold the unconquerable belief that science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war; that nations will come together not to destroy, but to construct; and that the future belongs to those who accomplish most for humanity.'”

A Catholic, though sometimes described as a free thinker, Louis Pastuer died on SEPTEMBER 28, 1895 while listening to the story of St. Vincent de Paul, a French priest who escaped Muslim slavery in 1605 and helped found religious orders to care for suffering humanity in hospitals.

Shortly after his death, Louis Pasteur was attributed with the quotation:

“The more I know, the more does my faith approach that of the Breton peasant. Could I but know all, I would have the faith of a Breton peasant woman.”

His son-in-law described him, as recorded in The Life of Louis Pasteur (Rene’ Vallery-Radot, 1911, vol. 2, p. 240):

“Absolute faith in God and in Eternity, and a conviction that the power for good given to us in this world will be continued beyond it, were feelings which pervaded his whole life; the virtues of the gospel had ever been present to him.

Full of respect for the form of religion which had been that of his forefathers, he came simply to it and naturally for spiritual help in these last weeks of his life.”

Being one of the first European scientists to reject the evolutionary theory of spontaneous generation, Louis Pasteur insisted that life only arises from life, stating:

“Microscopic beings must come into the world from parents similar to themselves…There is something in the depths of our souls which tells us that the world may be more than a mere combination of events.”

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‘Government has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives of the people’ – Sam Adams via American Minute

by Bill Federer
Crying “No taxation without representation,” he instigated the Stamp Act riots and the Boston Tea Party.After the “Boston Massacre,” he spread Revolutionary sentiment with his Committees of Correspondence.

Known as “The Father of the American Revolution,” his name was Samuel Adams, born SEPTEMBER 27, 1722.

Samuel Adams called for the first Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence, stating

“We have explored the temple of royalty, and found that the idol we have bowed down to, has eyes which see not, ears that hear not our prayers, and a heart like the nether millstone.

We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven…

We have fled from the political Sodom; let us not look back…

We may, with humility of soul, cry out, ‘Not unto us, not unto us, but to thy Name be the praise’…

Providence is yet gracious unto Zion, that it will turn away the captivity of Jacob.”

A cousin of 2nd President John Adams, Samuel Adams wrote inThe Rights of Colonists, 1772:

“Among the natural rights of Colonists are: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to defend them…

The supreme power cannot justly take from any man any part of his property without his consent.”

In The Rights of the Colonists, section “The Rights of the Colonist as Subjects,” Samuel Adams wrote:

Government has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people;

nor can mortals assume a prerogative…reserved for the exercise of the Deity alone.”

In The Rights of the Colonists, section “The Rights of the Colonist as Men,” Samuel Adams wrote:

“In regards to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced…

It is now generally agreed among Christians that this spirit of toleration, in the fullest extent consistent with the being of civil society, is the chief characteristical mark of the church.”

In The Rights of the Colonists, section “The Rights of the Colonist as Christians,” Samuel Adams wrote:

“The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, the rights of the Colonists as Christians may best be understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and the Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

When the Continental Congress first met, September 6, 1774, Samuel Adams proposed that it be opened with prayer, even though the delegates belonged to different Christian denominations which did not always get along:

“…Christian men, who had come together for solemn deliberation in the hour of their extremity, to say there was so wide a difference in their religious belief that they could not, as one man, bow the knee in prayer to the Almighty, whose advice and assistance they hoped to obtain.”

John Adams described this to his wife, Abigail:

“When the Congress met, Mr. Cushing made a motion that it should be opened with Prayer.

It was opposed by Mr. Jay of New York, and Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina because we were so divided in religious sentiments, some Episcopalians, some Quakers, some Anabaptists, some Presbyterians, and some Congregationalists, that we could not join in the same act of worship.

Mr. Samuel Adams arose and said that he was no bigot, and could hear a Prayer from any gentleman of Piety and virtue, who was at the same time a friend to his Country.

He was a stranger in Philadelphia, but had heard that Mr. Duche’ (Pastor of Christ Episcopal Church, Philadelphia), deserved that character and therefore he moved that Mr. Duche’, an Episcopal clergyman might be desired to read Prayers to Congress tomorrow morning.

The motion was seconded, and passed in the affirmative.”

In 1775, when British General Gage tried to intimidate him, Samuel Adams sent the message back:

“I trust I have long since made my peace with the King of Kings. No personal consideration shall induce me to abandon the righteous cause of my country.

Tell Governor Gage it is the advice of Samuel Adams to him no longer to insult the feelings of an exasperated people.”

On April 30, 1776, Samuel Adams wrote to John Scollay of Boston:

“Revelation assures us that ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation.’

Communities are dealt with in this world by the wise and just Ruler of the Universe. He rewards or punishes them according to their general character…

Public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.

‘The Roman Empire,’ says the historian, ‘must have sunk, though the Goths had not invaded it. Why? Because the Roman virtue was sunk.’

Could I be assured that America would remain virtuous, I would venture to defy the utmost efforts of enemies to subjugate her.”

Samuel Adams stated:

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”

Samuel Adams was elected as Governor of Massachusetts, and wrote to James Warren, February 12, 1779, warning:

“A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.

While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

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Chosen By the Father

Ephesians 1:3-6

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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