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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, April 01, 1909, Image 13

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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 143
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I have written up the talk, and I pray God that it may
bear fruit. The opening of a New Year is a good time
to begin.
The Missionary
The Cross and the Flag.SP
The Cross and the Flag symbols, in their widest sense,
of religion and patriotism, twin sentiments that have al
ways glowed side by side, and with equal intensity, in the
bosoms of every people whose national life has been of
sufficient prominence to ensure the permanence of its re
cords among the ruins of time. It would be an interest
ing procedure, did the occasion permit, Ladies and Gentle
men, to demonstrate that throughout the world's history,
patriotism has been pure, enlightened, and effective just
in proportion as religious feeling has been genuine and in
tense; that, in every age, they best served their country
who were most devout to their gods or to God. Of the in
timate union between the Catholic religion in particular,
and the most enthusiastic patriotism, there is one classic
instance which the mere mention of faith and nationality
irresistibly suggests to the student of history, and refer
ence to which is not irrelevant in any such address as this
to American Catholics. For fifteen centuries the Irish
race has stood pre-eminent among all peoples for both the
fervor of their religious feeling and the ardor of their pa
triotic sentiment. The world has long since learned that
when, in 432, St. Patrick on the Hill of Tara wedded the
Cross of Christ to the Flag of Erin, he, in the name of
God, joined together what man from that day to this, has
never been able to put asunder . , . You have heard, per
haps, of the ultra-patriotic response once given by a young
Hibernian to a French acquaintance. They had been dis
cussing the glories of their. respective countries; and with
characteristic politeness the gallant son of France ex-

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