|American Minute with Bill Federer“Something in the depths of our souls…tells us that the world may be more than a mere combination of events.”-Louis Pasteur|
Washing hands to prevent the spread of disease was recommended in 1844 to the doctors of the Vienna General Hospital by Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis.He had noticed that doctors would go straight from doing autopsies on those who died of puerperal fever to delivering babies and soon after the mothers would die of puerperal fever.
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.
Louis Pasteur’s study of micro-organisms and his germ theory revolutionized medicine.
Louis Pasteur along with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch are considered the fathers of the science of microbiology.
“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.”
“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):
Louis Pasteur developed the process of heating the liquids to kill most bacteria and molds, which became called “pasteurization.”
“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.)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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!”
“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.'”
“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.”
“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.”
For God’s Glory Alone Ministries thanks Bill Federer and www.AmericanMinute.com