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The morning star and Catholic messenger. [volume] (New Orleans [La.]) 1868-1881, May 10, 1868, Morning, Image 6

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I have all·"td t t the fact that 'a t la
ter the la*f.t Catholic chursh I Newe ferk
was led t repletion every asealn o at Ave
de.lek. There was a "maston " 'e Being on
in that chureh. We Prteehtabh ol ll it
a ".irival," oera "potratedmeeionr " Whpat
Ma "r. Roman Catholic brhethzte I have
- I.e1 e observId, they -bly meaUs o an organ
i~isas; d that orgisabtioa-s rmde, by die
d,lUne and bosnorate.n. to work with the
singleness oa r ae-ap letnt force of on.
. mea. These olo i evivals,'or " missions,"
aie conducted by-ndeirs of priests, pially
iswid taft edU, nd organise4d for the pug
Man -w~th a particular tsIsirgels
ig large eapg regationa, and, 'far r.ta
to. t to-scted obligatiena ln their
and work oirnt d ord as twok . In, Athe
i e time, the priests o tbe heiae i
a miseio n is to e held req b
a wk-of revivin
dh eh on efo one ofpts ho, e him
st nis" is celeb Si h1
s so the convenience of the his bhreI
ii men aed women & &dasa n
is- rahed to thane: the nid aii
ase ,als iefpo So breakfast 'is
... ad.º:.. - :Yh. ycrlh sspen in ne;
asetblee; at aie, bnothtr; and, in some
cases, yet another at half-past ten. In the haf
teo, essfiesns are heard, and every con
fessional is ocupied; for there are -relay of
priests for every part of the work. In the af
tonern, tsee, classes of Protestant. sometimes
maeet for the prpose of receiving special in
atraction in the faith and practice of the
Church from one of the priests who being him
self a convert, is better able than iL brethren
to anticipate andan r ther inquiries. In
S--tth e evenhing,-shill the work goesen until tezi;
vespers, contmesions, exhortations, ll-up the
vening hours, and -fan-therising dame. The
consioence-stricken -Catholic is not tortured
with doubts either as to what he ought to do
or aq to whether he has done it. The itjane
tion 6ftliMChurch is perfectly-simple: If you
ame truly sorry .for your ains, and mean to for
sake them, confess to a priest, comply with hi
direction, joyfully acdtt'h bsaolution, and keep
your resolve to lead a new life. As the "mis
mion" continues, the feeling spreads and d -
ena,-the-confeesinnls-vr more and more beset,
until al but the hopeless re•robates of the
parish- are partakers of the influence. The
mission may last ten days, two weeksi, or a
moath, according to the size and circumstances
" tthe parish; and when it is over the mission
priests retire to their own abode, to refresh
tbhemelves by rest, study, and contemplation
for another mission in a remote part of the dio
ease. Thus no one is fatigued, no one need
lapse into formality and coldness.
It was in one of these orders that Father
Becker. arst eereised his
thve laid, and he labored in it in various parts
of the countiy. But this mission work brow ht
itliintof ontact chiefly with Catholics, andhe
felt a particular yearning to bring into the
told of the Ancient Church such persons as he
had known at Brook Farm, and in the intellee
tail circles of Massachusetts and New York,
whe. he felt enold sinna attain ..... -..-
Catholic- Church, and only there and away of
bringing their high moral feeling to bear upon_
masses of theirontrymen. He remembered,
also, haw and how long he had mis
ndemtood t . AJwre, o ii hat · nt for the
accident.i '61 ng 'ii.s ith t absurd
n'liowafa- of Bbyiln, he might have lived
aid died il ignorance of its true aracter.
felt that there was need of a special organist
tiem for spreading abroad in the Unitedtates
earrect information respecting Catholie doo
trine and practice. Convinced, too, that the
day was near at wlnd when' his Church was to
be dominant in the United States, he desired to
do something toward aiding Catholics them
selves to rise to the height of their "vocation,"
so that they might use in the noblest way the
power which was about to faull into their hands.
He had a conviction, and still hai it that there
Amerie in the stately decorum of his Curch,
its gentle doctrine, its severe exactions, its
brotherly equalities, and in the grand aseni
blage of all the fine arts in the Supreme Act, in
which man pays homage to-the divinity by ex
hibiting his own. In church, he remembered,
Protestants say, "Ma is totely depraed." At
the political meeting the same Protestants as
sort, " Mas is cepble of self-goermesat." There
is no such contradicton, he-maintains -in the
Catholic mind. What the Catholic blieves as
a Catholic he can also believe as a citizen. " It
is only since I have been a Catholic," says
Father $lekher, "that I have been a consistent
and intelligent citizen of a republic."
A new order then, he believed, was called for
in the New World, and the scheme was ap
proved by his ecclesiastical auperiors. When
our Roman Catholic brethren have resolved
upos a proIect-of this nature, they proceed to
execute it in the most sensible and - s
like manner. If the world is to be moved, the
lrst requisite is to get a thlcrnm for the lever;
for there is no use in having a lever alees
there is a fulcrum on which to rest it. Wihea a
new order is to be founded, the first thing is to
secure a small piece of the earth's surface,
,, i -n pn.na I_ _ siawmple, upon which
its home and working-placeeea be prmaametly
'built. Now, obebrve how all the parts of this
astonishing orgainstion work togethezr Father
Hecker, provided with the due authorisation,
goes forth to raise the money needed to make
the first payment upon a piece of ground. His
previous missionary labors had brought him
into favorable relations with a great number of
iprishes, and those labors he continued while
begging the money for the new enterprise.
From Quebec to New Orleans he went, awing
Catholics to confess and forsake their sins, and
askting contributions to his scheme.
It Is surprising wlhat a talent oar Reman
Catholic brethren have for raising money. The
Superior of the Dominican Community, which
is now building a convent in New York, raised
in the city alone, in two weeks, forty thousand
dollare toward paying -for the edificee. "One
man's money is as good as another's," appears
to be a familiar principle with our Roman
Catholic brothren; and, aecoi~rngly, some of
our New York city offce-holders are frequnently
called upon to diisgorge a trifling portioln ;of
their booty,-a check for five hindred dollasrs,
or some smaller matter of that kinid. It han
been diseovered, also, that eandidatea- for city
offees' have a tenderness for the orphan, a
pride in the new cathedral, an interest in the
publication of Catholic works, anud a desire for
the conversios of heretics, which causesc them
,to adorn nainy suhbscription papers with their
signatures. What an adva -at.evor ae our
"Roman Catholic brethren heaypheing able to
tax sinners for the stppracetu sin, and to
-- e stolen money ii inneiaogtlg.hotmesty We
poor Protestanta never think 'r asking agam
ber, a city politician, or a thief to . haribe
money for the promnulgation of principles
which, if universally accepted, w nould his
trade. We plaee nearly the whole burden of
sastaining virtue upoll the virtuous !
Father lHecker raised the requisite sum. anld
Pro f . In the
Emedson f aeri s isaid the ecaisted.
assd~torerv ý' to theihe dm
deo.tted *tthtal qm"t sadedlivmeE ", s,,
pointedt ýea et peoplr o itt who fort
with fbfthe lflbe c. b u in the
fblennl o ait two fi theeof nIrandJ r
thertsad iveeame to the ldy. AUI t weni
ootsn a phtaroh.Upm xlak. hoei 19poasgd4
mible forme to is Celld-w t eC think
mhwis ltheg- wt h e mthhit.
, e csida e th t4, system.
Terson, s smelt desrigned to conexa t Mr.
Emeove and Mie s iendh, ariend thed tducated
ppeeoobpple, of Ambnlca s mad, first / alt, to
can ever bto the piritfound. And observe: these bloe
admret inoert t people livithem as i t
he rish works well or e tonn the
hs . The landlordvery pooremd lodgt of
will nt oinw in the uppear storie; the grocery as
we is o so smallr a eale that it rt mu
n the exorbitant. All i their lo t, all m their the
nhest and givespause to theed. Upon the wground
much saeri forme to e Cusuathllo-und in c athi
the city ha bee drawingt ould neare m to it.
rf14n this city ofNew. thqr my such
now the longreg omose of the w
live in brown- tone houset as well as of those
who anit in building them; and theU servic is
seen the Uited a ein the church
ds r d t echwhere a Sri
iso chests tand commodious holeisur e for thes,
authe, and statl belonging to the newpoo
above their let ad where a frliend. Thed fther
can ever be found. And observe: thes ble s
degs are not doled out to them as charity;
those poor people have the privilole of were
for tiem  d ssta inngthem. The- rCa
their own; the iaeious and elegant scy, the
Those is'their own; the priest Is suppozted'ind
the trho t xpense of every part monf the mes"h
system iborne by them. And notbi i else in
the paish ork well or economioaly ut the
church. The landlord gives them bhd lodgings
for high rents- the city. officials leave moun
tains of eilth Lfore their doors; the water
willnot flow in the upper stories the grocery
store Is on so small a eise that Its proftits mst
be exorbitant. All in their lot, all in their sur
roundings, is mean, nastri nefficiente tracts -
d olume pre lm rc.by tePalist the
Ten years have passed. Upn the gronder.
bougspecialht by owats of its mecker we now sehe a large
and who ndbelieves inchurch, adorned ithpictures
much ereerr to thalose usually found in oath
olic churches here. The fashionable quarter of
the city has been drawing nearer to it, so that
live l brown-stonae houses, as well of those
who assmerist n buildin them; ndse they servie sl
performed with an elegance anofd finis seldomr.
seen in the United taiaAdJoini: g the church open
is a spacious and commodious house for the
ther wa;"nd sto mdents belongig to the new
ommunitworksy, who a clled Paulson is in. The cwem
munity now consists of six priests, twelve stn
ordered four servant of but one r two offather.
whon are "convetitJ 'e; C Ilioll is who were
oWhe rotestants. powehe special work of thiae
press to ea n the s ad of the eriCatholicwe
living ed by the Ctholi worldly icato Soet the
nw tracts, the' artbiles of the mocentrenthly maga
sine alled ineastor thiemnd, and the smaller
iuiontes designd r Sunday-school librastriesting
are chiefly writaton or. edited te Panlit
athers. Every Catholic iuwrehn e poeupteoted
with It sevr isl vht omthe aeties such as ithe
• da' Sociell-dtectede woak , Fcthe of the r
of te no'p ;ow the amount of hie own salary
et swimltsa~neos ddvotion; the Society 305.t5
nl In , f theim. That is not in of issions in
eatente has; notheing to Mathewink of buiety, fhisork.
Sther Heer andipst he poor lleaguean's wpro to
conv the rt us bonvinoe ing ourty, reon. There s
all tese societies are so many o :niaons,
ready-made, forwhich the distrih tion much empha
and volumes premee by the omlitmo F ahertion,
Sdif e fromanother Catholic orden eit dexats no
special vows of its members. ather, Hooker
is an American, a patriotic American, an Ameri
can theo belubmievesion American priof his ples-in
shliort, tle is what e d " to calpirgoatio oJef er
onire," s emocrat.ly stroeing that in politics, he
desires to benit also in relipon; for he is of
pinion that a righostion abdict his trueind at the
ence. Judgment, libertyhe altar. Jendependence, theser
on says "All ligion are equals."tion b etween an
this moul. No priest, "authorityse they are, hall
any rothers." Jto fferson says, "Mare s capble of
self-government." "True," adds Father Heoker,
"for man as 9made b the image of his Creotor.hin
This And again :commnity, theres nre, degcoducted
of the Amercl to than princivatle authorite door opens
both ways; man, o man reman a moment longer
Stheir he titlhootitles; and every inmate is eas freble in
all-his works and ways as a son is in the well
ordered hoes of a wise father.,
What apoelief ul enginet ms nt reason, ppnorse
dthe six ablest and ht e reAmericans were
living th, freed ifrom ull worldly vates, ad en
niobles it b eclingd abods yet noe the enhightre
of thr ofngs, with twelve more: gifted yareng
men toral help and cheer them, a thousautd oritativen
s botions in the country to aid in, distributing
rlthei.r writing, and in every town a spaons
tlsit ti ead an eager n udieti e to hang upon
their ri c What ould they set efst tino life
time of well-directed work Father Hector.
livue so remote from the worldly anxieties, that
i he did not know the amount of his own salary
ni untl I told him. That is not in his depart
f mentrHe has nothing to think of but hiswork.
a. Fther Hecker and-hi collagues propow to
convert us by convincing our reason. There is
nothing which they deny with so much empha
Striart tl, .tlow vid 'I "oln lue jilt 401, 4 ii 1 4~1:411 1 i:4'~. 1u~.?,
da petstrumpet," etc. .
r, . W telni vhidgs, to s hb th5 lo
iet e nokt. . e so
a, hey wold niot eel that
the public morals were in danger if-a bn
-the other side of the globeshauld ejih
es tips in his arith .meti f Wi e, it i
at o that is. infallible, 4.. a;leehte,
m uttered moral. serve
, ther individual -the sorf ni
eo and they obeyed "The e oh
at serves Father Hoeker in one a most lo
.f ne;,pe or.. peeanaIe wdoithet, 0r, ea', wft
pIey our atisenahed the secret of n the
it wetsonoeier strplysh hls n t. i.ikn
re reeh tbt  :1 iasib'eg .hicenh thatiMhb
to historian mqay osmanit the era i h d'esths
Fre atd srkld 4 -be e ofthe ofsh.
k ments of bygone gs, tpe gs sIay45t
t. the most ggiatelr 0 ifd h nq t'be
h probe itt1 its ; tha: P'>ii
withis critical observe and disetii
l sand Ctho asnot alarmedi
- Invokes, encouages, solicits year
rt for at the end-- all your; earnesres,
5, sesrc~eru'hilk tdtli that the fit of your
tr eabors ei ler tesehi. ig', and that jour
Ar e iseoieu add new gems to the crown
a- oftrtck whik encairoles her hsaven Inspired
Her. intrest n; to oý nvo. the noble heart
endowinywt'b its owiilhoblpneim 'wbat4ver sit
I- loves I lfle rdstee thse itieni c of -this
4 large f.' AmCIets ofwhI traneaguie all
h things aid eas intoad ikeness to itselft
n The question.aew tecur :m liWnl the Panlist
re Fathersanoceed in.thoe4arli ng object of bring
s ing over a majrity ofth popleO the United
i- States tothaveienl *iaLht car n state some
r of the grounds of theirmow unbended canm
y dance in tscming-sunaensacy of thel Churb.
it First, its past proress been artngy
r- rapid. In the year 1800 there were in the
ec p, fifty-three
,
priests, and abhot ninety. thousan bers
d There arenowseven archbishop, forty bishops
e three mitred' abbots, about three thous-nd
I one hundred priests, sixty-five Catholicol
r- leges, fifty-six convents eof men, one hundred
f eighty-nine convents of women1 and (according
t to Catholic calculation) four million eight hun
o dred thousapd Catholic population. In other
e words, in 1800- the Catholicsere something
a like one seventieth of the whole population of
n the United States; they are now about one
h sixth! They have aleoncreaned faster than
e the general population of the country. Thus,
v between e1840 ad 1850 the general increase was
- thirtyg-sl per cent the Catholi increase, one
a- hundred and twnty-ve per cent. 'Jdging
,f from the past, out Roman Catholic brethren
I eonelude that in the year 1900 they will form
a -one third of the population of the ouentry, and
e- ehasa orit in the cona cities
increases at a rate stil more rapid; since,in
a addition- to the new nrchases, the Church
a- shares largelyin the codntant Increase of the
ar value of real estatae. Theoly claeoflaborets
s, in the country who always earn .much mere
at money than they are rdomestic e . of
is eitheir Iadrlect rshe b lybsie ret
tn n sbe s i~,,these -sie m nht be.. .Al
u5 az alea ! e . _svt o appe hurath.
If oaf e w .s to u object sth ohoee5,
r, .Holw m anyof them c oose aisse s hno l e
ar Protestant. Te, aw f b. yskerso
Swho sl small drafts e on Ireland and reinth .
r- Thlend lE (asather Resker hils not to
t noi t+t hisore titeolstthe airtme of the bie
s; Geserels of &usselsWPqaLi Bdilestliealiyieu
L, de.lth Uni oer nioman Cathdolio brthren
mr boast of beiah' It Im obgious, tha an, thcat
r. Catholico faulies wre mon einmerotl than
r, Protestant. This ge ust lnd holy mystery of
o generation the n urcl invests. with
er Isacramental ti; and mhk the mrrirus
i- tie Indissoluble. Father Hacker sis wreo i
n at taching imprtanube to the r ateful thing
r- celled thdefirre, and to the disodred abominea
ue uyn that took t etelf'the name of Bohemin-e
of lam. Nothin ever excited a deeper or more
iW general loathing among Protestants than thes
br things did. They had-leit few adhere ntsend
s were of no account. Mormoniam, also, which
11 be mentions in this connection, is an exeep
, Saxoin who was redved to have a harem with
" out taking the trouble of turning Turk. But
ad the great numbe ofl divorbes, the very frequent
is revolt of pnt re aganst the sublime duties of
or their lot, the murde~ of unborn ofipr ing the
in dying out of the old New Engtlnd te milies,
I- their andnt fer oscpied by healthier Euro
peanse o natoin th o oas- thies, Fathern
e Hsckerple uproue "the complete Ipotence
se of Pro nd mpose and ilke respected
i I the rein wh ato lieorlty demands"ll and
re annoninee a staing supremacy of a Cluarch
irn j oatione rs tgard ; te Isu of life.
g nown the rmh ho is hee who ean ret the best
g child; the best weomen is she who can rear the
-s bet child. The whole virtuen of the race
n p sialto, ma he menthl-omes into plat in
op d most sweent, mot arduous most pleasing,
rr. most diuunglt of ail the work one by mortals
at IIn thi worldn If, therefore, It is true that
SCatholics do this work so -much better than
t- Protestantsi, the case Is closed; we must all
k. turn Catholics, or make up our minds to see
o the race continue todw indle. This is, of course,
is too vasut and awfual a subject to be treated here.
a- I will venture merely to expresstheconvition,
r, that the frt people to discover and socersny
r. new conditions of modern life will be persons
It who will seek for the requdiste' knowte E _
a cwhere alone it is to ho found-in science.
t. The-uin.e wiommunicate it to others, and then,
he tal s, th he churches will adopt, hal
Scor, and impat it.
- upon the enormonu expense of the liroteistaut
in oe bentry towia in the Northern $tates, and what
Ii ai Iw~inag i i, ni·rcli p"."rPl.'a tl.mtInhnJI 11111 tll·In
ive up one or two the ari .t
simiplerand od pert of
apart It look kto a e  ,gtv
am though one-it gr:':h common mesa.- w
maue to rednuee"e0 hrehith' lb1fi l ourvllae
one half In the next srmehiat. '
Schoolu, eonduete9 L. hnoýart
ye'- -ther orders,na Jb ýid 'feihas. M
schools are ameefu ia6 v
s mti Mvatelm 't. F6a
lrft f asne t hoin deve
othm Ph
Woe o toO m h in o ieffi e
Ptestnt am sehoole hava u
S rank of a natureiea. Ma -
iseOarlng wra t therey eirici
. nt " Is m uw _ opAm ' daepeotde m"
ofter he I. s YII~
the subordnto teacheri. are and er
wbderksed,ud ithout the aholi o
them, in thesecommercial aits, wr
is xieerely h onore4 nept the, bank
come out of guate every to tisei
oyand girls who live* in ,.mock- a
who have no conception 4f snyi hgher of
wee desirable than to live io a kk e
JAvS not I mself en the inlent
erub the thee conAvent ehoole, which aug
making the lives of gentlemen of the ond
eminent worth bitteltio thet eby stheir ·fua
oantempt of m any orit ur a f onbeeney, and
teacher conneted .with the ooboel in apothli.
which Justed his felling the. young aildre
t the der haveI not mea thincipt 0f
the r dy ptia under hi charge to reoelvs
the visits of.their prent on Sunday fter
Cetainlyown thee convent schools, which are
nowsoypopular, are free from ome of the ob
jection. and difeualtlesythat lessesthe useful.
ness of many goluo fashionable private seaded
iand. Among the "traditiom ' o thel Catholic
Ch'uich, therefopnd to the effect that children
are children; and have a rlghtto'bte'kept from
doiztg thmselvets irprabte harPpesaoe abl
if they answootelirs if m t. The teacher
of the convent mahool- the remident ,e.."
oree-a' icien of tly thdependeut of this
will of the pupil., without beingtdo much so fom
their ownood. The oarient ,in ;ý .sropp
arty, gurda sd mslntains'its inmatem ien h
own help*, and yet ia a great degrqeitdependa
upon th~ income, derivedfron the achool ,The
m baais  i, ome the bChlst of hBrohie, old
and dignity of their desearho, held mpudn
din chgL, and teach the ynng vitime of weal
cesa~ d peclat I hatw on therae an distlnctioo
othrer than shorubb indicted ~by irble slront
hanadrs ewoosl oairb. Thterte I ad crtan cvil
.ingr vie w ofthe Hasons the Harlem, and teln
thun-aine Plt eas bo i the view o
alyte ngort e sof a tretrd erway to th
it was wel adapted at once tor sLpre0di n
omindsl he4e is the bedham of three hl re
the groupL of oigiso but not ninviting, perses
noother wayc f Ibe the eestbwbl wheish
our oman Catholic brethren and sister a
doing to ttract thos children of w p ltp r
nrote tts to heir os, than by ba edv
desyring what Ied v won thate pem laidat
itell as w~ i ae t e May s
On the sommt ofagen fle ulopea ur ndred
mby trees and hbbery, in a pa o of the sland- w
.atte hma t li ts;red and imtand
ing.or view of the Hnurnoe, the atwreaed -t
inthe ,m the a e of the ldr irs vdge rvilets
northest t indt the scholn, thanb reS
osor ai tie monebe rn lfo thte ykasnt aing
the goum of solid, but not uninviting, mime
tures whch form the en stbine a ieus hief an
ame rong m a te m ll the On he ar apring
day al the doo- atood oponj, -ad It was h vin
dsut aion rs we a lighted nnder the diored
ntranthe th th ome thing streth . airoy the
thewld s ite plom whe t ofl ehs-ing te merin-,
overa all dewi ther ni al the gisela n ols
the upisvded. oe lere mrod to u ihe ht hein
opacitous, elegnt, and very lorty; and ito i
lorned whith uthe a ntre ailt her-pien ea
ell the wi the many ts ler pint aes. N arli
p.ongld.wdl..4 rs tood th e e n; anud its w i
the whole tcs lpon the florun se oversed with
ePLran blck-walnut pews, ^without door or
l nae lir. Theie lowe for the ayong ladiesl
eo ng theid o thehapelooekim s ter hap ving
aiotes n ote ght, lndtwo teer anlt aitdhernoe
to the waltr. t t he poin ltar moment thee
pwepils began to enter p teuriosn byathe
slowly uo i ies lon sle to walk-Jist movingth
o moresh end abuing so uine absouted atil lness.
Not aen adiles, tr ered not a whspern not an
heads. They seemed to e sotly flnot ngt as
nAwrsinding round i nto the blae ewalnauseats
like the tinted clouds of eunset. First came
othe litte girls, who, on reachng thelae middle
aisle, bent one kne to the ground, and thenn
glided slowly to the low sofet mnsic of the
organ al d own the aisle to theo altart, where
thly divided, one line moving to the right, the
other to-the left, and so urled ronund ineto te
ot the wallue Thus the pleasing pageant wan
prolongedo. A wthel rcesion continued, iteia
t'er'st bothe changstd ani increased, becauso tie
little girls were followed by the larger, al til
we had the please re of looking tipoam youngi
was arra tged jrst. as a Kemile or a Wallack
would have arranged it. The same devices
the pleasure of the spectatore whicn are eve
e'.la Ilcore lictlturenstie or more adeetiug, nor I
selves m on
of the hid e g y modi
ble colick wanceledin
her hand ole pink cloud of
_ sptpiga as md kateelseia till
aah d, WE~i*tLee netled
ShItd sei-ats.- Theises liaeoflkneellea
.l~u~td o oof ulbha o , t -e alta
pa a - e
5 Mr t.e ladedonr a m i b
apt the b t the
* .n ter a he A"sa nig, : a y befos+e,
ir So w- isotuc n.
y e l e er 'ld ertam a nd ehoors
&]lurtte "misakren. of se en ofnve th
go our ei disetbed. Thhe
a re a -AMpqose beto
r i~i ý Othy nmi e of aomaona
,' eue andltlq appds.p
to be sumo i thes e osoeu et fe,,
tilerand "fietatsthe school-may bew a
y ;bed mia medf tha t few eu-may
neither be profitably exerised nor suitably edir
Sthis are calculated to captivate parents and
Ia er r I rther assured that these
- lnqr ealily end idpnversion. Among
I adest . " .enes emitowrl by inqniErB
versions to the Catholic faith, it seems,
for aseo me nwitthheir esred the war than
bef aore the follow " mTssion"he recenty held at
i ,topbea's, New York, the number of con
lsnothingtoboast of,oon
Sin t e lieteral  ibilsty orf and whle darBible;
a the groom of the bbtaran Sundave onverte s
Siveryetome m hany setaria ra ity. It lathe
i quality of the onverts not e me , of
I which we lip so much ; the expected rush has
I ormed ha a few ed
tha thes n t city phowrishes andre inqir
,I ewith moreor lee eaneetne allito the Cathl
wo faith1 and I sm arther assured. that these
Sinquiriest ge amy nd in donvearion. Among
the-asset' feque euses assigpd by inquirers
Sfor dissatisfaction with their hereditary belief
are the followink: The difficulty of ihlevingh
intheliteral "llibl/ty of the while Bible;
the groom of the Sabbatarin SundayP; the ban
placed by many sectarianu-' upon -innoent
I pleasulaes sch au dao ing t nd. he dramis
whichtends to drive rount peole int guilty
pleasures; the freies' of the campe en retihg,
Smouer. revoltin. in some parts-ot,th-ncountry -
Sthathe howlings and whirlingm of the Der
vshest of Tuhrsy; the omt ial - uncertainnty
ewhich many pesona eedt alrl their lives,
- wether their sols are"Suved" or not; the
dulnemsl oierd bathesa of tthe pblic elvioe, in
behisb ant ei bsslgaed to oseyP clergymean
which. ony oils uipa.thoupgnd a discharge,
r namely the oduc'tiou of twpowere and
~mtbleg ms vry i . " The
Seffect of the war i hn u eti ru Conversions re
aexplain thug: The Catholie Church alone
I escaped in vite a sine the Catholic Church
t aiY ..tepste lwah Arn estirely aloof
at"bm the lticsl. qu. ot , involved. The
n ie ond thi nfatyidnthe mildst bfte h qo a
Stenion and etera ue i af l e , sapnd ateig.
Sam told, to several educated minds: have
nt. e Ndm t ofendc. t eeri - o eite hrightnt
r .n ,udthereore w 4p opub'] o
to seprat1 d Oe oft t In oce Iainte
ltylaenv ariteyu iaste epoiutdin se ld
tributesi tohe t aog that theyg alone were, so
L eoubauble te floesiastioal spyeai s..-'It may .
n be that the a erpi ofrme oeProtntant
heapins in the way of "living on h the coun
I trlcntrted it d he strect observance, by
SCatholi cdcplarins, both of militsary and eocle
I siaptical inle, had some effect upon observant
.Protestaont ti ts.
ae uts.ace-;owae t of the reo assigned for
r the unbounded confidence with which our Ro
r Cathiolic brethren count upon'bein the
ial and eternal Church of the United States.
o These rsecons the reader is competent to esti
For flfegu.cenatriss the Christian Church
h a undertaken to perform, flail the inhabit
ants of Christendom-to offices haoving no
Lneesary connection,:and therefore capable of
bbein searatesL One of those offices I have
style inoaprevious page. expounding th
universe; or, in other words, assuming to d
s Clare with nauthority what people must think
eoncerning the origin of things, the destiny of
man, the nature ofthestupreme Being, and the
general government of the world. During the
pnat three e. t ulsi or macre as conviction has
ug e aining groun, thTat no man or n body of
men is-competent to do this. On such sub
ljectrs iLt is now eed among the intelligent
art orf marind, that one mans theory or eon
lecture however interesting or consolatory it
Smayr be, cannot be binding aon any other man.
It i now nagreed, among those whose thoughts
finally becoe the thoughts -of mankind, that
on such subjects as these tse o rss be o suce
thng oe a gnotshoeaer. This part,therefore,of
the Church's service to Christendom is now
neruly accomplished. It will be quite accom
plished when the igreater part of the inhabit
antagf Christian countries are made partakers
of modern knowrledge. Daring former ages,
the Church did a kind and needed service, per
haps, in concealing from. man his own igno
anre; he npw knows his ignorance; he also
knows the only method which cin evew d ist of
lessening it; and he knows, cousequenfl that
in tehidnightt priests cannot .id him.
But the ether duty of Nthe Church remains
long as man is weao, virtue difficult, and aid
alluring. Human reason is not equral to thal
tarskdfi lt wg oan a rdowte the t~ of the mu
verse; bt it ise euoal to the task e oe fiooverinw
utltie,, ,f' enalphova~r, to ca ji'oyaotd IPoor wrorki

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