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The Indian Advocate.
175 $- The Month of the Sacred Heart. 0 F all the devotions which draw, by an irresistible sweetness, the hearts of nations and of conti nents, as well as of religious and social commu nities, none of the present day compete with the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Cities, parishes, families, consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart. Societies are formed in schools and colleges, and when the first Friday of any month in the year dawns, the communion rails are filled, again and again, with old and young, men and women, youths, maidens, and even children of ten der years all who have come to an age to receive our Lord in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Founded, as this devotion is, on the Incarnation, it comes fundamentally into the belief and practices of all Catholics, since He who is adored as God in Heaven and on earth may well claim for His divine Heart the adoration of ours, while there is a quality of tenderness in the devotion which give's it an unspeakable interest and attractiveness. Our own hearts, so intensely human, so sensible to affections, so desirous of it, at once furnish the key to the practices of the devotion as well as to the devotion itself, for they seem to suggest them selves to us without study and without explanation. "My son, give me thine heart" (Prov., xxiii, 26) comes down to us from the lips and pen of Solomon, and throughout the sacred Scriptures the heart is recognized and declared to be the source of all merit or demerit. There is no service of any worth unless the service of the heart goes with it. It is the only loyalty by which governments are safe; the only repose in friendship; the only endowment on which the most ven erated institutions can rely for the" continuity of patronage.