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at tw th* i broi s »cho Nur» high! a s lb ‘V ilar or, an ’oncep electee Cat! he gro Hotel which forme men iy of Hote hear i a athol. one 1 o‘c on. Iter I presh f, ant Iter I pres with )unn, ncy, truste ii lx I s? I abov» lent i -an I cabir •wer. teent S, lesse gton, int. MEV 'oils is ate FOR COL If You Can I Shortly «illci hrs cimsecrt utmn. the late Bishop James An thony Walsh, founder of Mary knoll, was called to Rome. While Europe he visited a famous mystic to discuss certain items which concerned Maryr the conclusion of their confer- spiritual matters—probably i knoll missioners in Asia. At ence the mystic commented, your making this trip. Yon sent your Guardian Angel.” Ihis remark, which has the im pact of a new discovery though bas cd on one of the oldest doctrines of the Church, brings into our sphere of operation a limitless number of spiritual possibilities. Distance No Barrier Every year thousands of people who an physically handicapped make pilgrimages to famous shrines to ask God to restore the soundness of their bodies and minds. But sickness does not lirn it itself to those of means lor ev ery individual who carries his ill ness to the shrine, there are a hun dred stricken persons at home or in hospitals who have no money for a pilgrimage. While a patient re mains inactive, he can send his Guardian Angel angels, theology THE GOD’S HEAVENLY MESSENGER SERVICE i Send Your Guardian Angel By lhe Bl. Rev. Franrig Sadlier O.S.B. Abbot, St. Ix'o, Florida Bishop, there was no need of could just as effectively have 'dis us, have the gift of "agility'’ skimming across the miles to those parts of lhe world which have been especially favored by God and His Blessed Mother. Send your Guard tun Auyel! This is an open invitation to use God s Heavenly Messenger Service. And particularly at Christmas this thought is in our minds, for was it not io angels that God entrusted the most important message ever delivered to man? Homework, Too Not that the Guardian Angel is a traveling agent exclusively- gen erally, he has sufficient homework to keep him busy in the immediate vicinity. One blue Monday a friend of mine frowned at the work accumu- CATHOLIC TIMES CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENT lated on his desk through a haze of stale alcohol—a condition that, un fortunately, was becoming chronic. He needed no outside advice to realize that the habit was ruining his career. But a seemingly insur mountable a u ment persisted: Road-Piece How lone the traveler On December’s hill How swift sets the sun Against his will! Only the snow and the sky, And both immense, Only the dark and the cold, And both intense. How would he see? How would one endure— The way would be lost, The goal be obscure For man, poor pilgrim, Missioned to earth— But for a Star, a Child. And a Royal Birth. —Crescence A. Burgunder UPR n*S z*A Ai THE RETAIL MERCHANTS among the cures at Lourdes which ‘•Christianity must spread jat’ jn accomplishing God’s will.' a pw :., .« v'‘A& .. ..^ •■»••. ■•'. ASSOCIATION OF COLUMBUS 3BSBT! muvcihj i “Whiskey is the one solace of my prayer. During the week he tried I life. What can I find to take its it when, at the end of the day, his [place?” (footsteps naturally turned towards He sought a solution in religion,I what he called his “pause for pota and the study of Catholicism I hies. But even with the Angel's brought him into lhe Church. But I help it was not easy. It seemed that his boredom persisted. So did thel^hile the Angel tugged at one side, bottle and the cold desp.nr oi l’he tavern door tugged at the oth repeated failure. He thought of |*‘r that was 13 years ago, and marriage but frankly decided thatlthe Angel won the tussle. his own Ide was hell enough wilh No St. Patrick In Florida out the added worry of ruining the! When the Cassinese Benedictines happiness of another. Then, one I first came to America, they settled Sunday evening, something hap lin remote sections of the country pened that changed his mental at-Lather than in cities. Accordingly, titude. In the tapering oil" stage (they were placed under the patron he was making an honest effort tolage of the Guardian Angel and re go to bed reasonably sober. Imaih so today. Through the day he had been I ln i89o, when our own Abbey drinking mildly. Now, at sundown, |was founded here at St. Leo, this the urge for a “nightcap Lection of Florida had the charac Strong and yet, he knew that the |ter of an outpost—a land of pal nightcap would, as always, prolong (motto and prejudice. The acreage itself into the small hours ol the|M.JS uncleared and as lhe Brothers morning. He decided Io got out of|Morked by lhe side of Lake Jov|la the bouse for a while. (in the sandy soil where citrus trees Tug-Of-War |now grow, they were aware of the St. Patrick s Cathedral invited lever present rattlers, water mocca him as he walked along Fifth Ave-Lins and the small but venemous nue. He went in and sat in one of (coral snakes. One wonders how of the rear pews. It was quiet in theLcn the Guardian Angel guided edifice at that hour, although a few (footsteps away from deadly fangs, sightseers did walk reverently] S O S .! through the aisles He noticed that, I In Arkansas there Was a Benedic for lhe most part, they were in cou Line missioner, Father Matthew, pies. And their apparent content-(who rode the Ozark trails for the ment caused a sense of loneliness (greater part of his long life. One to envelop him. No doubt, it was |mght he unsaddled his mule and this loneliness which brought the (prepared to settle down under the thought of his Guardian Angel to (stars, as he frequently did in the mind. With a wry smile he nun (mountains. While tethering his an mured to his invisible companion. Lmal he saw a light through the “Angel mine, if you would only get (trees and thought that a new set me past the tavern door!” (tier must have arrived. He re- The thought, half jocose at the (mounted quickly and went to ac start, persisted until it gradually |cept the inevitable hospitality assumed the serious character of a |the trail. December 19. 1952 I He rode for hours and the hfht I remained at an even distance in I front of him. It was not until the I morning sun was breaking over rhe |hills that he reached the cabin. He I must have ridden all of 20 miles, yet the light always seemed only a hundred yards ahead. The cabin was deserted when he entered, and there was no light. But a low moan came from a neigh boring pine grove, and there Fa ther Matthew found the settler, pinned beneath a tree which hail veered when he felled it. Wilh a shovel and an axe he freed the pin ioned man and brought him back to the cabin. When able to talk the settler asked how the priest had happened to be on that remote trail. Father Matthew replied, “Your Guardian Angel came after me.” I Angel's Express One of my confreres found it necessary to send out begging let ters (Heaven help him!) and he said that he was sending his Guard ian Angel along with each letter to keep it from premature burial in the wastebasket. A little argument ensued about overworking his ba loved Guardian, to which the priest replied, "If Bishop Sheen can send an Angel out through his radio mi crophone and television camera, I can certainly send mine along on a postage stamp.’’ 1 often wonder, as 1 drive along the highway, what restraining force it is that prevents little children from dashing onto the roadway af ter a muffed baseball or a wayward puppy. And the consoling thought comes to me: their Guardian An gels watch over them. ------------o---------------- I Christinas Candle I A tradition among German peo Ipie is to have one large candle I burning before the crib to remind I all that the Holy Child, the Light I of the world, is with us.” Around I the crib are other candles, one for leach member of the household, and I these are lighted from the one I large candle to show that light” I comes to all from Him who is the I Light. I In some parts of Germany and (Austria. children carry bread, eggs, I salt and incense to church to be I blessed. Bread and eggs are given Ito the poor, the salt is kept as a 01 reminder that every member of the I family must be “salt of the earth, I never to lose its savor,” and with I the incense the whole house is I filled with an odor of sweetness, a I symbol of that sweetness of charity (which must bind the family one to ■another. This is a good week to buy Christmas Seals and help w the battle against tuberculosis.