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THE
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Mary’s Immaculate Heart
Today s new Fea,st of the Immaculate Heart of
Mary grows increasingly popular as her clients
become more and more aware of the significance
cf her apparitions at Fatima in 1917. The Holy Fath
er's recent consecration of the people of Russia to'
Mary under this title also emphasized the request
of Our Lady that the whole world be consecrated
to her Immaculate Heart. The memorable promise
she made at Fatima to help those who keep the
five first Saturdays is becoming more and more
known and practiced. In 1945 the Pope established
tomrrow s feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Howe er, consecration to Mary under this title,
deserves a little thought. First of all, there is the
word, “immaculate.” This recalls to a sinful world
that Mary was entirely free from al! sin and attach
ment thereto. Mary’s spotless purity is an example
to all men, commanding the respect and reverence
even of the unbelieving. This sinlessness of Our
Lady is a rebuke to a world which knows sin too
well by experience
Mary's heart is one full of love for her children
She loves us, impossible as it may seem, even more
than our earthly mother. She loves us for the sake
of her Divine Son: she wants us for Him. She strives
to pour out her love on us, hoping thereby
to win us for Him. Hers is the heart of a mother, a
sorrowing mother, praying that her wayward chil
dren will come back to the consolation of her love
and that ot her Divine Son.
It is little wonder, considering the extent to
which sinful men have turned their backs upon
God, that Mary asks all of us in this age of hatred
and wars to forget it all wholeheartedly consecrat
ing ourselves to her Immaculate Heart.
Why Mother Leaves Home
Politicians will m.xe a lot of statements during
the coming weeks about the economic situation in
this fair land of ours We will be told that there is
no higher standard ot living in the world. We will
also be told that the country is in a bad condition
and needs a doctor Ganted that there is much to
be said on each side it might be well to call at
tension of the office-seekers to the fact that there
is something wrong with Americas economic sit
uation
One of the country’s great evils is the break
down of home life That there is great juvenile de
linquency is not without reason Hou could it be
otherwise with husbands and wives turning so fie
quently to divorce to solve problems many of which
have come about because of an economic situation?
Probably at no other time in our history do we find so
many mothers and wives leaving their homes for
regular employment. Home after home finds father
and mother away through the day, with the chil
dren shifting for themselves, or entrusted to grand
mother or an aged relative. The mother’s care and
love are not there. The home does not give evidence
of the quiet and considerate mother’s care.
Why, then do so many wives and mothers seek
employment0 The answer is simple. They feel they
must do so in order to be able to bolster up their
husband s salary to the point where they can afford
to feed their children and provide the ordinary com
forts of American living Americans do not want to
go backward in their standard of living. Rather than
do that increasing numbers of housewives are seek
ing part or full lime employment The high cost
of living is the cause poorly trained children, ju
venile delinquency, and estranged husbands and
wives is the result
It is little wonder that mothers long for school
to reopen. They will then know that for most of the
day, at least, their children will he off the streets
and in good hands. Would that the politicians could
do something to put mothers back in their homes
where alone they arc most queenly and lovable.
Perhaps a campaign is needed to glamorize that
sublime vocation, the one so many women refer
to humbly when they say they are just a house
wife.”
Political I ’lai forms
11 is quite true that Americans understand and
accept their great political battles and take them in
stride every four years. The presidential campaigns
have become something of a groat national pastime,
and are considerably misunderstood abroad But
Americans seem to know that all the fervent things
said at conventions and during the weeks preceding
election day arc always to he taken with a pretty
big grain of salt
Take the party platforms, for instance. Those
adopted at Chicago, and the more recent ones
adopted by both parties in their Ohio conventions,
take the usual form Voters know hy this time that
platforms are a sort of enticement a kind of bait
with which to catch them Hence, they are wary of
them And they are right Even the candidates and
party bosses know, if they will only admit it, that
the platforms are pul together with the voter in
mind
Anything that might tend to scare away a vote,
1s carefully eschewed in the platform. Ixiok at the
way the civil rights planks and the FEPC planks
were watered down hy one or both parties, each
hnninc by their stand to obtain the greater num
ber of voters
it ''ould seem that voters seeing the party bosses
open and sincere, honest and fearless, adopting
policies which thev know to he for the good of the
people would rally to their support. People do not
want political “hot air” They want to know the
truth They are tired of being hoodwinked hy smooth
speeches, hy oratorical fervor, and by quickly for
gott'm campaign addresses
The country will he hest served by its elected
officials who endeavor to know their work thorough
|v and then dn then- dutv enuraa eotralv and con
scientiously with nn fear of the next election
One Alone
The most personal and individual nf all human
cooperative enterprises is the work of saving one’s
own soul II is a life lime task coloring every breath
ing moment of each individual a task, hy its
ven nature, which separates a man from the mass
and stands him in bold relief against the background
of his time and world,
In a letter written in longhand to the German
Association of Catholic Women in convention, Our
Holy Father sounded a warning against the “destruc
tive tendency to absorb the individual in the. mass.”
This is a warning essentially against “worldliness
As soon as a man loses sight of his individual and
oration.
supreme destiny as soon as he identifies himself
with the worldly “mass" he loses the unique outlook
which is of paramount importance to the salvation
of his immortal soul.
“It seems to me,” the Holy Father wrote, “that
there is a conspiracy to make it difficult for
rJI
Christians to safeguard their personal dignity, nay
even to make it impossible.”
The Holy Father then points out the cause
of this “destructive tendency”—causes which are
immediately seen to be especially rampant here in
America. He wrote:
“Technology and the business of advertising and
mass propaganda in radio and motion pictures
hardly afford a rest to the senses and prevent con
centration on one’s inner self. A type of man is
being developed who cannot stand to be alone with
himself and his God for even a single hour The
individual is being absorbed by the mass.”
The particular brand of this pernicious propa
ganda to which the Pope refers is characterized by
the tenor of the overall excuse offered by the word
ing for his behaviour: ‘Everybody’s doing it.” No
individual, interested in the salvation of his soul,
can afford to subscribe or fall victim to this propa
ganda. He must forever subtract himself from the
world.
Just Among Ourselves
Passing Comment Considered or Inconsiderete
“Everybody talks about the weather,” said Mark
Twain, and then added the words which were to de
light advertisers of modern air-conditioners. But the
weather was never a really vital topic, except among
farmers and on special occasions of temperature
wave, drought, storm, or flood. Weather has always
been a teeing-off place for casual conversation that
has been its chief importance as far as talk is
concerned.
It took TV to bring weather into real prominence,
if not in American conversation, at least in Amer
ican consciousness. It is still not quite true to say
that everybody talks about the weather (apart from
the phrases which are no more conversation than the
smile of greeting or the tipping of a hat). But ev
erybody is aware of the weather, and in a some
what new and vaguely disturbing way.
Phrases such as “It’s a fine day,” or "Wasn’t that
a stifling night?” or “My. but we need rain,” have
always been popular and easy entrances into the or
dinary small talk that marks the meeting of friends
or acquaintances. But the words have little meteor
logical significance. They are just agreeable and
friendly expressions. They are phrases of greeting,
comparable to the words, “How are you?” or the
more stilted equivalent, “How do you do?” And
there is a well known jingle that should be known
better it goes something like this:
“No one is interested in your indigestion
How are you? is a greeting, not a question.”
Indeed, the weather-greeting is often entirely out
of line with facts. There was a friendly old man in
our town who used to hail everyone with a cheery
"Nice day!” no matter what the state of the weath
er. Pranksters used to step into his shop on par
ticularly villainous days to test the old man’s fidel
ity to his formula. “Fine day, Ambrose,” they would
call. Invariably they would have his answer, hearty
and wholly sincere, “Fine' fine!"
But we were saying that TV has made Ameri
cans more weather conscious than they used to be
For heretofore the average American was not con
scious of much significance in his words of greet
ing which happened to deal with the weather.
But nowadays this average gentleman or lady is
half aware of highs and lows and storm-fronts
and air masses and movements of atmosphere clock
wise and counter-clockwise.
You can hardly turn to the fantastic world of
television without finding some beer salesman or
cake salesman or newscaster standing before a map
of the country, crayon in hand, full of information,
and lavish with circles and arrows and the little
doodles that indicate rainfall or thunderstorm. You
can hardly avoid the thrilling story of a new' “high”
over Idaho bringing down a mass of polar-Canadian
air. or a new "low” in Tennessee whic» left handed
ly induces a rush of tropical-Gulf moisture to carry
warmth, wetness, and wailing up the seaboard to
wards ape Hatteras.
A generation ago, the browser through the
morning paper was entertained hy brief statements
of temperatures at Medicine Hat and Miami Hr
knew and cared nothing for highs and lows and
air masses and fronts. His ncw'spaprr is still terse
and unlyrical in its weather reports. Rut not his
television set. Despite himself, the televiewer be
comes an expert the jargon of the weather man
ks well as in the modern expression of coarse bur
lesque.
e are no half way exponents nf any art nr
activity we take up. We hammer the thing tn death,
Matthew' Arnnld visited Chicagn nnce on a time, and
he was shown the glories of big business, including
the stock yards. He did his best to express admira
tion and approval, hut could not resist the question,
“And what about culture?” “Well,” said his host,
"we haven’t got around to that yet, hut when we do
we’ll make it hum.” We Americans make things
hum. We are making the weather hum just now.
And humming is sometimes a weariness and a both
Wo are interested in time, too, and indicators
nf time. We make the matter hum. A visitor from
overseas said that American cities are dotted all
over w ith public clocks, and yet Americans are in
variably late for events and appointments. Still, it
is at satisfaction to know just how late you arc,
whether it be for the theater, a date with the dentist,
or for Mass on Sunday morning.
The weather business has enlisted the active
interest of thousands of youngsters. Perhaps it’s
as well to have Junior absorbed in the mysteries of
meteorlogical* maps as to have him hopping with
Cassidy or spoofing with space cadets. There are
worse things than weather lore, oven when it is
mere dabbling in amateui pseudo-science. But there
are times when one feels like murmuring with Ham
let, “Something too much of this
There are times when the hum of a popular
fad becomes the ho-hum of a wearied victim. It is
surely so with these continuous weather-reports.
But maybe there is a silver interior to all these highs
and lows and centers and fronts. Maybe we should
learn the patter of the TV weather man to squash
that semi human individual who wants to know
whether it is hot (or cold) enough for us.
Then we could silence the pest effectively.
“It is hot enough for you?” says he. “Well.” we
reply, “right now the heat is considerable, but there
is a high pressure area forming over the ponds
of Iowa, and it will likely move into this territory
within the next few hours, bringing a mass of
polar Pacific and polar-Canadian air with it. and
sending a cold front, preceded hy a squall-line,
which will considerably moderate the prevailing
situation And notice, brother, that the tropical-Gulf
air which is whooping up from Mexico, charged with
humidity and humiliation, is being slowly forced
upward by the underseeping polar puff, and will
move outward towards Mars before mid Lent. Yes,
it’s hot enough for me.”
Well, it’s a nice day.
THE CATHOLIC TIMES, FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 2, 1 9 5 2
IT ASHINGTON LETTER
WASHINGTON Before the
month of August is past, it will
have seen the publication of two
documents which, although is
sued thousands of miles apart
and seemingly unrelated, com
bine to remind the world of a
heavy and pressing responsibil
ity.
“The DP Story” has been prom
ised for publication at the end
of this month. It will tell of the
resettlement in this country dur
ing the last four years of almost
400.000 victims of nazi and com
munist persecution It is the fin
al report of the Displaced Per
sons Commission.
Despite the epic character of
its message, The DP Story” will
not mark the end of the refugee
and displaced person problem for
this country and the world. Un
happily, too many people may
think it docs.
To offset this impression, how
ever, one need only to read the
Apostolic Constitution Exul Fa
milia” (The Family in Exile), is
sued hy His Holiness Pope Pius
XII at the beginning of August
Among the many important les
sons the Holy Father brings to
our attention are these:
1. There never was a time
when the Church was lacking in
solicitude for those who H/e far
from their native lands (the Holy
Family of Palestine lived in ex
ile in Egypt) and in modern
times the Sovereign Pontiffs have
taken important and practical
steps to prove this interest
2. In outlining the urgent need
to provide spiritual assistance
LATHER HIGGINS
An Empty Slogan
It has been
s u gested hy
us that social
ism. in the
economic sense
[of the word, is
gradually be
coming a rath
er empty slo
gan on the
Continent of
Europe Many
E u opean la­
bor leaders who still call them
selves socialists are beginning to
question the validity of social
ism as an economic theory. Ev
en as they continue to use the
language or the jargon of 19th
century socialism, they are be
ginning to lend their support to
economic policies and programs
which are Christian rather than
Marxist in their inspiration.
The philosophy of the class
struggle is gradually giving way
to the philosophy of cooperation
for the common good The po
litical strike is now the excep
tion rather than the rule. The
nationalization of productive
property, for the sake of nation
alization. is no longer seriously
advocated as a universal remedy
for the economic ills of society.
Evolution, rather than revolu
tion, ts gradually becoming the
order of the day.
It is true, of course, that there
Gentlemen—the Key!
World Attention On Emigrants
to them, Pope Pius XI oointed
out that there is a continuously
increasing number of refugees
and emigrants.
It is truly a world problem, in
aU of its aspects. The refugees
and displaced persons are not all
in one locality. Nor do they all
want to emigrate to any one
country the United State?,
or any place else. For example.
Western Germany is bu’gng
with hungry and unemployed
people forced into it from the
East. But there is a huge dis
placed persons problem in Pal
estine, too, and in Hong Kong,
and on Formosa. Whereas it is
not a displaced persons prob
lem in Italy, Japan and a num
ber of other places, it is an al
most equally serious problem of
over population and under-devel
oped resources. On the other
hand, as the Holy Father points
out, the emigrants of today no
longer go out to some one or
two countries in Europe, or to
the United States, or to Latin
America. They go also to the
Philippines, to Australia, and
elsewhere.
It is promised that “The DP
Story” will show clearly that
our resettlement program help
ed not only the displaced per
sons, but Americans too. It not
only helped to alleviate the dis
placed persons situation in Eu
rope, the report will say it help
ed to strengthen the economy of
the United States.
Both the Pope’s constitution
and the U.S. DP Commission’s
report emphasize the magnitude
are still a lot of Marxist social
ists in Western Europe. Some
of them are in the labor move
ment. It is also true that some
who are no longer full-fledged
socialists in the economic sense
of the word continue to act like
19th-century Marxists in the
field of education and religion.
•Anti-clericalism is probably on
the decline, but altogether too
many socialists still consider it
fashionable to caricature the
Church as the enemy of human
progress.
More Realism
In general, however, there is
good reason to hope that more
and more socialists in the Eu
ropean labor movement—after
the example of our own Samuel
Gompers, founder and first pres
ident of the American Federa
tion of Labor—will abandon so
cialism in favor of a more real
istic philosophy of social recon
struction. Gompers started out
as a mild sort of socialist in the
economic sense of the word (al
though there is no evidence that
he ever was a traditional social
ist in his attitude towards reli
gion). But it didn’t take him
very long to change his mind.
"It is an old axiom." says Dan
iel Bell, the brilliant labor ed
itor of Fortune magazine, a
new symposium entitled Social
ism and American life, “that
of these mass movements of peo
ple. A fact that must not be over
looked is that, with verv few ex
ceptions, they are like’y to be
permanent moves. That means
that when displaced persons are
offered asylum in some new
country they are going to be as
similated in that country. As the
U.S. DP Commission report will
say. its program has brought in
to the United States "human re
sources worth over three billion
dollars in potential production.”
Nor does the Pope envision the
emigrants becoming separate
colonies in the new countries.
The Holy Father says to chan
lams to emigrants: “In the mean
time, however, they (the emi
grants) must take pains on Sun
days and feast days to attend
church together with the Cath
olics of the country where they
are.”
In this era of the greatest mass
movements of peof’e in all his
tory, it is fortunate that there
have been, and still are, agencies
to devote their full time to this
problem. The DP Commission on
a national scale and the Interna
tion Refugee Organization on an
international scale are no more.
But there is PICMME (Provision
al Inter governmental Commit
tee for the Movement of Migrants
from Europe) and there are pri
vate organizations on the na
tional level like the National Ca
tholic Resettlement Council.
With the need recognized, md
with expert and devoted service
available, there is reason to hope
that the problem will be fully
solved.
men develop loyalties to the in
stitutions they build, and tend
to see events from those partic
ular vantage points. In Gompers,
we have a case study of the so
cialist who entered the union
movement, began .to see the
American scene from that per
spective, and changed his view
points as unionism in the course
of its development found a re
spectable place in American so
ciety.”
Gompers was a very realistic
labor leader, realistic to his fin
ger tips. As for the less realis
tic socialists of Gompers’ gener
ation, Mr. Bell continues, “life
was still a triumph of dogma
over experience.”
In Europe the future belongs
to those socialists who are realis
tic enough to follow the example
of Gompers. It is our impression
that their number is increasing.
What a tragedy it will be for
Europe and the world if Europe
an employers refuse to cooper
ate with them, if they refuse to
give to trade unionism “a re
spectable place” in society. For
that is what made it possible
for a Samuel Gompers to trans
fer his loyalty and the loyalty
of the American labor move
ment to evolution, rather than
revolution, in the field of so
cial reconstruction.
INQUIRY CORNER
GRETTA PALMER
Isn't All Last-Minute
Repentance Unfair?
Q. Does not a murderer who
repents have an advantage over
his victim who may have no time
to repent? Is not all last-minute
repentance unfair?
A. “Watch ye, therefore, be
cause you know not what hour
your Lord will come.” (Matt. 24:
42) Many times Christ spoke of
the need of being prepared al
ways, and we know that every
soul receives sufficient grace for
salvation, even in cases of sud
den death. Generally speaking
people die as they have lived,
and often it is rash judgment
to decide how wicked a man is
who has a chance for a last
minute repentance. “There is so
much good in the worst of us,”
and God sees it and His grace
salvages apparent lost souls,
such as the Good Thief on Cal
vary. An example of a wicked
man who died rejecting God’s
grace is given by Christ (Luke
12:20) as an instance of the price
of presumption. No one is de
prived of heaven except by his
own perverse will, nor does any
one gain it except by response
to grace.
Q. Is not there a conflict be
tween Christ's command to avoid
publicity in prayer and good
works (Matthew 6:1) and to “let
your light shine before men.'1
(Matt. 5:16)?
A. There is no conflict. In
another place Christ explains,
"Take heed that you do not your
justice before men, to be seen
by them” (Mt. 6:1) means that
our motive should be pure. In
the same Gospel (Mt. 23:5) he
condemns the good works of the
Pharisees because they do their
good works “in order to be seen
by men.” It is not the public
nature of good works or prayer
that is condemned but the de
liberate use of them for self
glorification.
Q. Is it correct to say that one
must follow his conscience and
that it is the last court of ap
peal?
A. At any particular moment
a person must follow his con
science as a guide to moral con
duct. The second half of the
statement is incorrect, however,
for conscience is the first court,
not the last. Throughout the his
tory of man it has been neces
sary for God to furnish guidance
for moral judgments, through
parents, teachers, law and re
ligious leaders. The last court
of appeal for right and wrong
(moral judgments) is the reveal
ed word of God, as taught by
A Moving Picture
One of the
e a e ning
phenomena of
our age is the
fact that Hol
1 y w o od and
the gentlemen
—t he very
practical, hard
headed gentle
men charg
ed with ar
ranging e 1 e
vision programs are playing up
religion. If a zealous Christian,
eager to spread the Faith, pro
duces a religious film or play or
broadcast, it may mean only that
he is willing to lose his shirt to
save his soul (a not unintelligent
exchange). But if the owners of
the networks and the producers
on the Coast go all out for God,
it means that millions of Ameri
cans have begun to pray.
Warner Brothers’ worst enemy
or best friend would never ac
cuse that studio of having a bias
towards conservatism and “the
Right”, it was this lot which
produced "Mission to Moscow”
and similar pictures in a decade
when sympathy for the Soviet
Union was popular in Washing
ton.
“The Miracle of Our Lady of
Fatima” is the name of the ma
jor film that Warner Brothers
is releasing this month on
Broadway. It has all the glossy
trimmings that a large budget
provides: color shots, “on loca
tion” scenes and a large allot
ment for exploitation. Such a
film would never have been con
sidered if certain capable busi
nessmen had not decided that,
in 1952, God is in men’s minds
and Our Lady in their hearts.
Weak On History
The picture, as you will see
when you see it, departs at sev
eral points from the bare his
torical facts of Fatima: the
words spoken to the children of
Portugal by the Blessed Mother
were not spilled out, at once
but were witheld for years. The
Bishop did not appear, to take
a hand in the proceedings, for
the excellent reason that His
Excellency had been forced into
exile by the Socialist govern
ment then in control of Portu
gal. The Church at Fatima was
not closed by the authorities
The parish priest who advised
the children’s parents at the be
ginning of the 1917 incidents
had been replaced by another
Father by the summer's end.
The characters shown with
beards were, in some cases,
clean-shaven. The Immaculate
Heart of Mary, which figured
His authorized representative,
the Catholic Church. Among
primitive or savage tribes there
are many customs such as head
hunting and cannibalism, which
likely are followed in good
faith. Many examples occur
among children and they are
trained to do right, even though
they may be following their
(erroneous) conscience. Lying,
stealing and other selfish actions
are not infallibly seen as wrong
by conscience as we see in cer
tain evil environments where
children grow up with a twisted
sense of right, and wrong.
Q. How can St. Peter be the
rock or foundation when St.
Paul writes: “Other foundation
no man can lay than that which
is laid, which is Christ Jesus.”
A. In St. Matthew’s Gospel
(16:18-19) we find Christ stating:
“Thou art Peter and upon this
rock I will build my Church ...”
In many other instances we find,
Christ’s commission of St. Peter
as the vicar or visible founda
tion and he^d of His Church
(Luke 22:31-32 John 21:15-17),
St. Paul himself relates these
two facts in his letter to the
Ephesians (2:20): “You are built
upon the foundation of the
Apostles, Jesus Christ Himself
being the chief corner stone.”
If the place of Christ did not
exclude the Apostles as secon
dary foundations, it cannot ex
clude the fact that St. Peter was
chief of those secondary founda
tions.*
Q. Do departed souls return
to speak at spiritualistic meet
ings?
A. We read in the Scriptures
of instances of departed persons
manifesting themselves, as at
the time of Christ’s crucifixion.
Such miraculous events are per
mitted by God for grave reasons
and in fit circumstances. Spiritu
alistic meetings certainly do not
meet the requirements, hence
they are never true manifsta
tions or appearances of the dead.
Most of them are elaborate con
trivances, inferior in technique
to any capable magician, by the
mediums. The power of sug
gestion and the cooperation of
evil spirits fully accounts for
the few manifestations that can
not be attributed to fraud. No
Catholic or Christian (see life
of Saul (I Kings 28:7) will have
anything to do with such meet
ings.
Send questions to Inquiry Cor
ner, The Catholic Times, Box
636. Columbus (16) Ohio.
prominently in the whole beau
tiful series of events, is never
given mention in the film.
Strong On Emphasis
“The Miracle of Our Lady of
Fatima” is weak on history—
but it is beautifully strong on
the supernatural emphasis
which might, so easily, have
'been abandoned on the floor of
some Coast cutting-room. The
sun does dance in the film—and
no atheist or naturalistic evasion
of this fact is even hinted at.
The “Lady” does appear, and she
is reverently shown. The pro
phecies are fulfilled, and thus
a miracle is justified. These are
the gifts from Warner Brothers
to the faithful of America and
of the world we should be
grateful for them.
The men who chose to invest
five or six million dollars in a
film like this are not philanthro
pists—and thank God that they
are not! For if they were, the
significance of this picture
would be immensely lessened:
its production would mean only
that a few devout men loved
Fatima and that we already
know. As things stand, how
ever, this picture means that
shrewd, money-seeking experts
now appraise the mood of Amer
ica as being one of hunger for
the Catholic best.
What Wa Can Do
Perhaps, as a single example,
we should be talking to our non
Catholic friends about the very
topics that we rarely broach for
fear of offending Protestant sen
sibilities: the miracles, the ap
paritions, the saints, the relics,
the Mass.
“But,” you may say, “I am
no trained apologist. I dare not
bring up the subject of the
Faith because I am badly equip
ped to answer the difficulties
non-Catholics may pose.” Or,
you may say, "It embarrasses me
to drag in the question of the
supernatural to people who may,
with some justice, consider it
an impertinence for me to try to
change their views.”
Very well, then: you need not
dole out scapulars, nor argue
against the Anglican viewpoint
on the Apostolic Succession, nor
wrangle the question of Bemar
dette at Lourdes into your din
ner-party conversation. But one
thing you can do. no matter
whether you are fifty times as
inarticulate as you imagine your
self to be. You can go to see a
picture like "The Miracle of Our
Lady at Fatima.” And you can
take with you as your guest at
least one unbelieving friend!

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