Pope Pius IX

: Benevolence.

An advocate, the father of a large family, fell into ill
health, and soon afterwards into want. Pius IX., hearing of this, sent a

messenger with a letter to the advocate, but he was at first refused

admittance, on the ground that the physician had enjoined the utmost quiet.

On the messenger explaining from whom he came he was admitted, and, on the

letter being opened, what was the surprise of the family on finding within