Charles de La Rue
Great seventeenth-century Jesuit orator, b. at Paris, August 3, 1643; d. there, May 27, 1725
La Rue, CHARLES DE, one of the great orators of the Society of Jesus in France in the seventeenth century, b. at Paris, August 3, 1643; d. there, May 27, 1725. He entered the novitiate on September 7, 1659, and being afterwards professor of the humanities and rhetoric, he attracted attention while still young by a poem on the victories of Louis XIV. Corneille translated it and offered it to the king, saying that his work did not equal the original of the young Jesuit. He wrote several tragedies, brought out an edition of Virgil, and wrote several Latin poems. After having several times refused to permit him to go to Canada, his superiors assigned him to preaching; as an orator he was much admired by the court and the king. His funeral orations on the Dukes of Burgundy and Luxemburg, and that on Bossuet, his sermons on “Les Calamites publiques” and “The Dying Sinner” have been regarded as masterpieces by the greatest masters. He preached missions among the Protestants of Languedoc for three years. He was a most virtuous religious, and during his last years endured courageously great infirmities.