New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1954. First edition. Octavo, original green cloth with silver spine, original dust jacket. Small bookseller's label. Near-fine book in jacket with minor edge-wear, chipping, closed tears, and small smudges to bottom of front and back panels. Very good indeed. Item #240
"MOTHER, DEAR, NOTHING CAN EVER MAKE ME A JESUIT" First edition of Father John LaFarge's autobiography, a testament to a life spent as a Jesuit in the pursuit of racial and social justice. Born to the patrician family of the artist, John LaFarge Sr., the younger LaFarge joined the Society of Jesus in 1905 and worked as a missionary, a journalist and editor (at America magazine), and a priest. The title refers to the "ordinary" manner of life in the Society of Jesus, differing little from any other Catholic religious. The book is divided into four seasonal sections, emulating the Breviary: Pars Hiemalis, Pars Verna, Pars Aestiva, Pars Autumnalis. Illustrated with a photo insert of 8 photographs and a map of The Ridge Mission opposite page 155. A series of appendices includes: I. The Slave Colony at St. Mary's City, II. The Jesuit Manor and the Negroes, III. Saint Ansgar's League, IV. C. G. LaFarge and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, V. The Spanish Relief Fund. Approbations.