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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, April 01, 1909, Image 4

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slings, and tops for the boys, and buckskin dolls and play-ing-house
for the girls, with "wolf" or "catcher' and
various forfeit plays, including a breath-holding test. Cats'
cradles, or string figures, as well as shuttlecocks and
buzzes were common. As among civilized nations, the chil
dren found the greatest delight in imitating the occupa
tions of the elders.
My Dear Brethren:
In order that the sinner forsake his evil and wicked
ways and return to the love and service of his Heavenly
Master, faith points out but one avenue of return, religion
stretches forth but one plank after spiritual shipwreck, and
Truth Eternal proclaims but one condition. "Unless you
do penance you shall all perish." And there is no time
wherein to comply with this imperative command more
salutary and urgent, than is the present. "Behold! now is
the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation:" And it is
in vain that we seek, even among God's most renowned
and illustrious saints, a truer, nobler, or more practical
example of repentance for our imitation, than that which
Holy Writ furnishes us in the person of Mary Magdalen,
who is justly styled, "The Model Penitent." For, unlike all
others, she was the first to have recourse to Jesus, not for
the curing of her bodily infirmities, but the healing of
those spiritual wounds, which sin and passions' cruel sword
had inflicted upon her bruised and bleeding heart. We
have all, my dear Brethren, at least to some extent, imi
tated sinful Mary in her blind and mad career of vice let
us, then, during this holy season of lent follow in her peni
tential footprints. For well hath Saint Augustine said:
1 'Of our vices we can a ladder frame, If we will but tread
beneath our feet each deed of shame." Appropriately

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