LENT HAS REAL. VALUE FOR ALL ESPECIALLY
THE RICH, LEST THEY FORGET!
BY WALTER RAUSCHENBUSCH, D. D.
(Editor's Note. Walter Rauschenbusch, D. D., the noted professor of
church history at Rochester (N. Y.f) Theological Seminary, wrote the arti
cle below especially for the readers of The Day Book. Dr. Rauschenbusch
is the author of "Christiannty and the Social Crisis," the book which so
moved David Lloyd-George and gave him such courage that he began his
great battle for the common people of England.) ,
To say "no" is usually harder than to say "yes." When we say "no" to
the request of a friend, we know we are disappointing him. When we say
"no" to our own hankerings, we have to breast the current of our desires.
If we say "yes," we can float down the current.
To say "NO" may be a real declaration of independence. It informs the
world, the flesh and the devil that you "don't have to," and are still master
of your soul.
Psychologists call the faculty of saying "no" to your own desires the
faculty of inhibition, and they agree that modem life is not training that
faculty in most people. Children are allowed to do what they like and to
learn only what tickles them. On that plan, of course, the movies and the
tango have the right of way and the multiplication tables and the Ten Com
mandments go into the discard. Then, by and by, we wonder at the' strange
increase in divorces, dope fiends and white slavery. t
Lent appeals to. our faculty of inhibition. We are asked to restrict our
food and hush down our amusements, and to give time to the serious side
of life. 4
Some people need this more than others. Those whose main business
in life is good feeding and amusement may well slow up and return to sim
pler ways.. If they will devote their Lenten meditation to the question who
is doing the work that enables them to play, and whether perhaps their ex
cess of play is balanced elsewhere by an excess of toil, it will please the Mas
ter whose humility and sufferings they desire to remember in Lent.
Most of us need' special times to stop and think, to take stock, to change
our ways, and to pray. Lent gives us that chance.
It will surely do no man harm to tighten the bridle rein over the neck of
his desires for a- while and, to practice athletic training. It will test to what
extent 'we are slaves of instinct and fashion, or free masters' of ourselves.
If, at the same time," a man will take the time and energy set free by
Lenten abstinence to give extra service to some higher cause that he be
lieves in, it will speed up the coming of the better day.
,Boil and flake 2 cups of crabmeat
Make a thick .white sauce, using 1
cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of flour
blended with 2 even tablespoons of
butter. When smooth put into milk.
Turn into double boiler and cook 20
minutes. Add U teaspoon of minced
onion. Cayenne if desired. Turn in
the cooked crabmeat and stir all to
gether., Allow to cool a little. Make
this mixture into little heaps or balls
and allow- to stand an hour in cold
place. When ready to serve form in
to cutlet shape. Dip in beaten egg
and then fine bread crumbs. Fry in
deep fat. Drain and serve with
slices of lemon or hot tartar sauce.
No man is ever a hero to his
stenographer. She knows what
word's he can't pronounce correctly.
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