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The Dolphin, Vol. 1

An Ecclesiastical Review for Educated Catholics; Issued Monthly in Connection with the Ecclesiastical Review (Classic Reprint)



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The Dolphin, Vol. 1 by Catholic University of America
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Excerpt from The Dolphin, Vol. 1: An Ecclesiastical Review for Educated Catholics; Issued Monthly in Connection With the Ecclesiastical Review Why this name for a magazine that appeals to the educated gentleman and lady who are especially interested in the work of the Church? Because in the symbolic language of the Catholic Church the image of the Dolphin signifies Christ. There are several reasons that render the comparison singularly apt and instructive. The dolphin, according to Mamachi, was considered by the ancients the king of fishes. It was supposed to live only in the purest waters, such as the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. It possessed incredible swiftness of motion, which made it appear in different places almost simultaneously. Pliny says of it that it glides through the water more rapidly than an arrow pierces the air. This power and agility of motion by which the animal escaped the control of man made its name a synonym of strength. On the other hand the dolphin was known to possess singular docility and a strange fondness for music and the sounds of the human voice. Herodotus and Ovid dwell upon the story of Orion whose melodious complaints moved dolphins to bear up the sweet singer on the waves of the ocean. Among the Christian legends we have that of the martyr Callistratus (April 26), who when cast into the sea was saved from death by two dolphins. Hence the Greeks called this fish by the name of philanthropos, that is to say, "lover of man." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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September 27th, 2015
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