The Jesuits in the Philippines, 1581 – 1768

Horacio de la Costa was dying of liver cancer before self arrived at Ateneo de Manila, and so she never took a class from one of the greatest Filipino writers.

Last month, she called Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino (Her go-to place for science fiction — she ordered the first six books of The Expanse from them — as well as hard-to-find books like The Laughter of My Father, by Filipino migrant worker Carlos Bulosan) and they were able to get her a copy of de la Costa’s The Jesuits in the Philippines, 1581 – 1768. The book arrived a few days ago, wowowowowow

From the Preface:

  • A grant from the New York Province of the Society of Jesus enabled me to spend several months in Europe in 1951, which I employed in gathering additional material in Roman and Spanish archives . . . In 1955 the Ateneo de Manila, of whose teaching staff I am a member, granted me leave of absence to undertake the actual writing of the history. A grant from the Philippine Vice-Province of the Society of Jesus permitted my doing this at Georgetown University, close to the great repository of the Library of Congress.

From Chapter One: The First Mission

In 1540, Pope Paul III granted the approval of the Holy See to a new religious order organized by a Basque gentleman . . .

Only 12 years later, the Jesuits were at “the gates of China.” They had founded “mission centers along the far-flung line of Portuguese trading posts from Goa to the Moluccas and obtained a foothold in Japan.” There were Jesuit missionaries in Abyssinia, the Congo, and Brazil. “The mission of Florida was opened in 1566, that of Peru in 1568, and that of Mexico in 1572.” In January 1581, a “little band” of Jesuit missionaries took “the road that dipped down from Mexico City to the little seaport of Acapulco where the galleon San Martin, 400 tons,” captained by Luis de Sahagosa, “waited to take them across the Pacific.”

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

So Good at Pretending It’s Not Christmas

Chapter 9 of 12 Years a Slave follows Chapter 8, when all hell broke loose. Below, self’s abbreviated summary of 8:

  • Solomon Northup, in his first year of slavery, was acquired by a good man who then sold him to a bad man, whose foreman took an extreme dislike to Northup and tried to beat him to death (even though this is stupid, as you lose your financial investment). Northup would not allow himself to be beaten to death, he fought back, for which he was condemned to hang, and had his hands bound and a noose placed around his neck, when his former master — having been informed of the impending death of his former slave — came galloping up just in the nick of time, and this former master (who btw was a preacher, and after Trump self didn’t think she could think kindly of preachers, ever again, but anyhoo) rode like lightning and made it in time to rescue his former slave, and himself walked up to Northup and cut the noose from around his neck. Afterwards, this former master was in danger from other planters and the bad foreman, who were always whispering aspersions and giving him side-eye, to the point where self is almost sure Chapter 9 (which she is just beginning) will end with the death of Northup’s former master.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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