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153 Tht: Indian Advocate.
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Centuries, and was observed by the faithful in different coun
tries. The time of celebration differed from our own, but the
same idea suggested the selection of the time. It was cele
brated at the end of a cycle of feasts, of Christmas-tide, of
Easter-tide, etc., as it is to-day celebrated when the feasts of
the Ecclesiastical year have culminated in the feast of All
The history of All Souls' Day shows, how very Catholic
an institution it is, Catholic in time an extent, being celcbrat-'
ed from the earliest ages, and in various Catholic countries,
Catholic in its idea, springing naturally from the kindly soil
of Catholic teaching and Catholic Charity. D. A.
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PURGATORY EST PAJjSTTIjO.
1HAVE read in the Dictionary ot Education a very amusing - t
anecdote, which may, nevertheless, be cited of what .1 have
said of All Souls' Day. Ceitain canons over iooo years ago,
having had to repaii their Church, added to it a chapel dedica
ted to the Souls in Purgatory. The Sculptor who was charged
with the decorations, represented the poor Souls in the midst
of flames; but he was so malicious as to place in the veiy
midst of his figures the portrait of a neighboring Abbot. The . l
likeness was so perfect that no one could mistake it; the Supe- ' 'ky
rior himself recognized it. He immediately complained to the " ',
canons, who summoned the Sculptor and laughingly besought J
him to deliver that poor Soul from his Purgatory. The artist ,1 '
excused himself under the pretense that he could not touch his 0 l"K
work without spoiling it. The complaint is carried before the -1 , ' ,m
Archbishop. The prelate inquires of the Sculptor if the like- y r
ness is accidental. "No, my Lord," says he, "I did it on pur- -1 Z $4l
pose." "Then you must destroy that figure, for it is an out
rage on the original." "I shall do no such a thing, my Lord,
and your Lordship will not ask me to do it, I am sure, when Z? ,V
you hear my reasons. Last year, this Reverend Abbot pioved V
in one of his sermons that those who die without having made SS"'