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304 The Indian Advocate.
Golden Chains, "And thou, if thou shouldst never see my face again, pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheep or goats that nourish a blind life within the brain, if, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer both for themselves and for those who call them Friend. And so the whole round earth is girt with golden chains about the feet of God." Gold bears the test of fire; it is distinguishable among met als by its weight; its value is intrinsic, because it has qualities peculiar to itself. It is found in the earth the streamlet, carrying off the soil, often reveals its presence. He who bears within his breast the golden virtue of charity, may be tried in the furnace of affliction; those dear to his heart may be taken by death; his earthly goods may melt from his possession; friends may grow unloving; but his heart, animated by charity, remains faithful to God and man. Love of God enchains him to his Creator and his fellow-creature. Shrouded in humility, he looks upon himself with distrust, and because of his own nothingness, confides the more implicitly in the goodness and riches of his heavenly Father. Resting in the love of his Re deemer, whose life is his model, he takes up his cross daily and follows his Master. In every undertaking he discriminates between the work that is God-given and that which self-love prompts him to assume. Invoking frequently the gifts of the Holy Ghost, he tries to produce their fruits, twelve in number, charity begin ning and modesty closing the circle. And thus he sheds abroad the good odor of Jesus Christ. Truly, such Christians are as golden links, their immense magnetism making them all to all, whereby they draw all to Christ. "And so the whole round earth is girt with golden chains about the feet of God." Mary Angela Spcllissy.