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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, March 01, 1903, Image 24

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X X Imitation of St. Joseph. X X
1-T I-I W. A 1? en niiili nniuurl'juc nlirtiif liurrl Mm-c
M What is the cause of so much misery in the
world as the result of these hard times? Ihe
answer to this delicate question is not as difficult
as it looks. If you, my dear reader, will but
open your eyes you will find that the faith of
some people is very weak and on the wane; the
desire for pleasure and amusement, sensuality in
all forms and shapes, however, is on the in
crease. We find old and young gratifying their
senses- domestic liie with its priceless charms and Christian
contentment are fast vanishing from the face of the earth.
These are the true reasons for hard times. To remedy this
evil we must return to the one and true faith, as brought down
from heaven by Our Divine Lord. We must begin to look
upon our daily work as a duty and apply the fruits of ourlabor
in such manner, that we can answer for them before God.
How this is to be done we can learn from St. Joseph, to whom
the month of March is dedicated.
St. Joseph was a man of faith, "Without faith it is im
possible to please God" Heb. xi-6. Faith then must be the
foundation of our life and work, faith must be oir guiding
star in all temptations, must fill us with courage to fight the
battles of life. Nothing can fill us so much with hope, noth
ing give us so much .consolation in the hour of death, as tjiis
inestimable gift of holy faith.
For this reason St. Augustine calls the Catholic faith
"the greatest riches, the greatest treasure." A good Chris
tian must rejoice and thank God daily for this holy gift.. To
preserve this faith unimpaired until death, to lead a life in ac
cordance with this faith, must be the main object of this life.
Never, my friend, listen to such who ridicule religion and

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