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212 The Indian Advocate.
rejected the vote. One thing is plain, however, the German people, speaking through their representatives, are not op posed to the Jesuits. It is also plain that He who promised to abide with His Church for all ages has not forgotten His word. - If one could but count the drops of blood our Savior shed during His passion! And why? Because every drop was of priceless value; each particular one could have redeemed a world. And yet so lightly do we consider the momentous truths of Redemption, so seldom do we reflect on the infinite merit of every trifling detail in that grand scheme of Salva tion, that our souls become crystallized, one may say, in their own indifference. Drop by drop it flowed. The Garden was bedewed with it. From the hall of Pilate to the height of Calvary; from the crown of thorns to the dull thud of the cruel nails; from the sweat of Gethsemane to the sword thrust after all was over, it arose, a cry of sacrifice, a clean oblation whose holocaust pierced the Heavens. Let us con sider.it, let us dwell upon it, let us treasure the thought of it, let us cherish the memory of it every day and every hour of this month, which holds apart for it a special consecration. If we but vitally realized all it has obtained for us we should seldom sin. If our hearts, world-encrusted as they are, could but feel its warmth in their inner core, how strangely idle and worthless would all things mundane seem? If the souls in Purgatory had but our opportunities in this regard, how speedily would they not profit by it? For them that time is past, but it is in our power to utilize its moments in their behalf; to offer it upon the altar of supplication for their sore necessities through its wonderful virtue to shorten the time of their suffering and probation. How grand a thing, then, to make of it a real suffrage for them during these days set apart for this beautiful devotion, that when they are past we may have at least a reasonable hope that our prayers have not