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484 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
Ponder what the Bishops of the Province of Westminster,
in England, have to say on this point:
"The Bishops observe that indiscriminate reading is, Y?-
perhaps, the most insidious form under which the poison
of rationalism and unbelief is injected into the soul. With- ;
out attracting attention, men, and women, too, take up
books or magazines that lie about, and, as it were, casually
turn to the cleverly written and highly spiced articles a
gainst their faith which they find therein. Feeding the
mind and imagination upon arguments and pictures against
the virtue of faith must end as fatally to the soul as feed
ing them upon lascivious suggestions and forbidden images.
Faith and chastity are equally gifts of God, that need care
ful guardianship, for they that love the danger shall perish ,
in it. To say that it is impossible to get away from the
literature of the day is only to say that in the choice of
what to read and what to avoid, the exercise of a wise dis
cretion and of a strong will are absolutely necessary. To
read, without necessity, matter calculated to create doubt "fe-
or to sap faith, is a sin against religion and the First Com-
mandment." " - ,v.
France's Thirty Black Years.
Chronology of a Persecution More Diabolical Than That of Julian.
"Clericalism Catholicity is the enemy."
With this war cry Gambetta and his fellow-Masons us
hered in the dire persecution of the Church in France a
persecution more diabolical than that of Julian. Of the two
persecutors, the Roman apostate was the more honorable,
if we can speak of honor in such a connection. Besides,
Julian wished to substitute one religion, though a false one,
for another; the modern French persecutors aim at nothing
less than the extirpation of eve ry vestige of religion. "Nei
ther God nor Master," is their mctto. They pondered well
the lessons taught by the record of previous failures in their
chosen sphere, and were determined to be more wary. "We
shall proceed slowly, but surely," Gambetta said when he