Why was Columbus inspired of heaven?

Thomas R. Valletta

“Observe Christopher Columbus in his silent meditations; mark his untiring and faithful observations … ! Inspired of the Almighty God of heaven, he encountered the ridicule and jeer of a faithless and unbelieving world. … The time had arrived for the discovery to be made. Millions of spirits in the spirit world, who had not yet taken bodies … were waiting with anxious eye for the area of heaven-born intelligences to be extended or opened to the gaze of mortal eye, that there might be room for them to come down and play their part. … The Spirit Angel was their guardian and their guide, and was with them on the stormy deep” (Orson Hyde, in Journal of Discourses, 7:108).

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