Church historian Pat McNamara has written a fascinating account of the life of Thomas Ewing Sherman, SJ, an American Jesuit in the late nineteenth century and the son of Civil War hero William Tecumseh Sherman. Thomas Sherman entered the Jesuits despite his father’s bitter opposition. He wrote:
People in love do strange things…. Having a vocation is like being in love, only more so, as there is no love more absorbing, so deep and so lasting as that of the creature for the Creator. What a grand thing it is to be, as it were, shooting straight at one’s mark, living every hour, performing every action in preparation for the great hereafter.
Thomas had an active ministry, fell on hard times, and was reconciled to the Jesuits before his death in 1933. Read about him here.