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FIFTEEN MINUTES OF YOUR TIME. It is frequently said of us Catho lics, that we are not readers of Cath olic literature and there is no denying it that we deserve the reproach. We are also charged with not being able to give an intelligent answer to ques tions asked us regarding our religion. Again we are at fault. We cannot attempt a jd^ense by saying we need more or better Cath olic literature, says the Catholic Tribune. We have the best of books, and a generous supply of good maga zines and newspapers. We have leaflets and booklets costing only a dime or nickel, giving us explanation of Catholic truths. And we have the real and only ser mons that teach self-same doctrine which Christ Himself taught while yet on earth. Io we appreciate all this? No, the fault does not lie en tbr other side of the question. lame rests with us, and a shame it is upon us. We have a well worn and handy ex cuse for this as well as our bits of neglect.—"I am so busy, I have no time." It is a busy world, and a busy period of time. What does all our rush and bustle amount to. Our busiest men and women are dropping oft' every day, having their manifold duties, closing their eyes on this world and opening them to another. "The workman dies, but the work goes on." So many of the things that we are busying ourselves and worrying uuivelves over, amount lo .-u little. If oniv fifteen minutes a day were given to close intelligent reading on Catholic subjects, it we carry only one clear idea, one bit of knowledge of what we have read, it will mean more than we realize if persevered in. You may insist that you read more than That every day? Remember that one chapter or page thoroughly read and understood, means much more than volumes skimmed over. The point is that we carry the knowledge gleaned. Our beautiful religion is worth more of study and deep thought than most of us are giving it. It is a thing to be deplored. Let us unite in thought on this matter. Let us talk it over together—realizing our lack and hasten to correct it. Let us net only subscribe for Catholic papers and magazines, but read them, and read them with attention and thorough ness. SAYING WHAT YOU THINK. Whether we are to say what we think, on not, ttejiends on what our thoughts are and how they will affect others. There are some thoughts it is a sin to hide. The peo ple who smother a good thought be cause they are afraid of being mis understood or laughed at, take upon themselves a dangerous responsibility. To conceal a kind thought is some thing for which there is no excuse. There are other thoughts which it is a pity to allow to get beyond your own brain. It is unfortunate indeed to have them, but at least yoQ can resolve that they shall never get out side of their birthplace. If you think this world is a dreary, dismal place, what is the good of saying so? If morbid, angry thoughts have taken possession of you, stamp them out as you would a breed of snakes. Be brave enough to speak the thought which should be spoken, no matter whether it is likely to be pop ular or not. And he strong enough to hold in leash the thought which, if it. should escape, would work harm to other:. CLUBS FOR WORKINGMEN. Rev. Bernard Vaughan is one of the best, known critics in the world, who gives his views on present day social problems. He is especially well known in the United States and Canada, where he has traveled extensively. We must humanize persons first be fore we can civilize and Christianize them, says Father Vaughan. Any one who looks around him at the life of today can see that we are fast becoming a pagan people. Little is thought of Christianity. If you talk to the ordinary man about religion, he looks at you as if you were speak ing about, some strange thing in a strange language. He does not un derstand. The feverish, riotous life that is being lived gives little time for high thinking. People seem to have no time for long sermons or plays. They want swift words and swifter impres sions. That is why I think there is a great chance for the motion picture. It is quick in movement and intensely direct in its appeal. Moving Pictures Praised. I'd love to run a motion picture theater myself—but I'd take care to elevate my people to see that they would rise from sphere to sphere, not spiritually, but humanly, to the high est character. But I would go further and say that the motion picture ought to have God in it. I don't mean that there should be no brightness or merriment and fun in the pictures—we want plenty of that always—but that where it can be done, they should put Him in. Films Are Anti-Saloon. Another thing about, the cinema and' its power for good. It keeps men and women out of saloons, and that is much in its favor. My pet aversion in the typical saloon or public house as we see it in England today. Men and women are, I'suppose,.driven to it in seeking rcttcl fpbui. the sordidi sJ£mu» in which they are forced to live. C!od knows,' ihey haye little cnouffli^ 1i«h f ~'V V: .r.". y v liiness. j-j _-w ... 2 1 It is a bold thing to say, but I de frankly that the1only pleasures **se- tITUR \ye in England have to offer the peo ple in the slums are immorality and drink, and until we do something bet ter for them we cannot hope for a speedy regeneration. Better Pleasures Needed. All I can say is that men must have so-called fcomes utterly unworthy of humanity when they are forced even from a slum attic to find pleasure in a bar where the atmosphere is reeking from the fumes of drink and the smoke of shag tobacco. It is high time we provided pleasure houses and refreshments less unworthy of Chris tian civilization. I want to see trysting halls so splendidly lighted that in the summer they may be open to trap the sun beams. I want a room with palms and shrubs in it, and fountains play ing and marble tables galore, where a father may take his wife and chil dren. Let there be some song and music, bright and diverting, and let the family party recreate itself for work after rest and play. Clubs for Workers Favored. i.' us give the workingmen and working women a club in which they can lounge, read, feed and smoke as the leisured classes do in Pall Mall dt Fifth avenue. We are brothers and sisters all, and all sections of the community, according to the meas ure of their means, should be pro vided for in their leisure hours just as they are in their working time. Let us show the world that Chris tianity promotes healthy and legit imate pleasures, and let us prove that the game of life is not played by top pling over as many of God's com mandments as one can, but by keep ing them up stiff against the four winds of Heaven. Healthy Fun Elevates. Long experience tells me that the happy family is the one in which there is plenty of fun, brightness and pleasure, and you cannot have a bet ter advertisement for Christianity than the .sight of family parties en joying themselves together, with God in the midst of them. That happy family will not be cre ated among the poorer classes in the cities of the world so long as their only escape from the sordid realities of their wretched homes is the reek ing saloon and public house. It must be made possible for them to lead saner and more human lives. As I have said, they must be humanized first, and civilization and Cliristianiza tion will come afterward. Hut the whole restless and feverish mode of life must be arrested. It is not only bad home* that- are driving men'ancf w6me3 t? fecit^ffierft ind un healthy pleasures. Many among the upper classes already have set the pace. Improperly dressed women are seen in all classes—dressed as if out of a remnant show, dressed in a way that can only appeal to the unholy desires of men. Vice is a thing of a day love lives for eternity. THE EASTER LILY. The lily is regarded as a saint among llovvers, and the reason lilies are so largely used in the decoration of churches is not only because they are the most perfect of floral type, but because of their symbolic mean ing. One beautiful old belief about the lily relates that the candidates for the Vrgin Mary's hand after having sought the Lord's blessing, each left his own staff in the temple in the evening. The next morning the dry rod of Joseph was found green and blossomed with lily flowers. Another pretty legend is that Mary, on her way to the temple, plucked a lily, and upon pressing it to her breast it became white. Lily of the Virgin, "Madonna flowers," and several other mystical names were given to the lily and have reference to this legend. WHAT ARE CATHOLICS DOING ABOUT IT? I)o you know that in our system there are influences ever at work which debauch the young and wreck lives almost at their threshold? These are the deep-seated sources from which come dispirited men, broken women and underfed children, says the Catholic Citizen. How many of you have ever stopped to think that in economics, dependen cy is waste? How many of you have ever stopped to think that a very large percentage of that waste is preventable? Let me illustrate: Here are great factories with their dangerous machin ery unguarded: here are others with their air laden with steel dust and en ergy, which cut and destroy lung tis sues, each sending out annually its army of derelicts—factory junk. Here are great companies employ ing thousands of boys in their night messenger service—the majority of these boys Catholics—a service which Mayor Brand Whitlock of Cleveland says is "a blind alley industry, with a gambling den and a house of pros titution at one end and the bread line and the penitentiary at the other, an industry which furnishes more thieves and petty criminals than any other occupation." Here are tenement houses—pest holes—destructive alike of the moral and physical life of their denizens here are storekeepers defrauding the poor by short weights and short measures: here are milkmen starving and .poisoning babies with impure and .aduNe.rafod tuilk: lie if are obsccjie picture shows debauching the minds' and hearts of the young: air forces iv!iSeh: yo dragging ^their yicilmi straight down into dependency. These, I repeat, are tfc? purees Irpm which the great army of dependents is ever being recruited. What are Catholics doing about it? What is the St. Vincent de Paul So ciety doing about it? Do you not see the great problem? Do you not appreciate fully where and how it concerns you and me? And yet just a short time ago I was talking to the spiritual director of one of our conferences about this and he asked me—asked me seriously—"Do you consider that work charity? Do you think it is St. Vincent de Paul work?" Why, it is charity in the highest and noblest form it is the charity which says to the strong, thou shalt not op press the weak to the unscrupulous, thou shalt not defraud the poor to the .vicious, thou shalt no longer de stroy the sweetness and the innocence of youth. I believe that those who are doing this work are not only filled with the charity of Christ, but that, however much they may struggle and fall, however much they may at times grope and miss the way, they are instruments in the hands of God to work out the higher destiny of the human race. We Catholics think too much in the past tense, we are too prone to preach patience and endurance when we should preach study and thought and righteous anger. As an eco nomic law every wrong has within it self one element of self-cure if en dured long enough there is sure to be created ultimately a public sentiment so strong that the cure is effected by process of revolution but why should it be necessary to await the result of the cure by such a process when in very many cases, by joining forces with the big-hearted, broad minded men who are on the firing line, we anticipate this law of self cure and demand that those thin which are wrong shall be made right not in the future, not at some other time but now. St. Augustine says: "Thou givest bread to the hungry, but better were it that none hungered." If I could I would have that sentence blazoned in letters of gold in every rectory and on every altar in the world, so that whenever charity is preached, there too, might be preached the principles of preventive work I would have it blazoned in letters of gold in every conference room in the world, so that whenever Vincentians are gathered together they may learn the great truth that it is easier to shove up the boulder on the mountain top than it is to stop it after the rains and the frosts have undermined its foundations and it has started to roll towards the valley below. ST. AUGUSTINE SHOWS HOW RE LIGIOUS ERROR REPEATS ITSELF. Revolt against authority is an evil that will always be with us. It is older than mankind, for it has been the cause of the fall of the angels and it will no doubt exist as long as free agents may rebel against"" the Will of their Creator, for pride will not brook the restraint of a superior will. The revolt of the intellect against the divine teaching constitutes heresy, writes an author. Heresy, in spite of the common error to the contrary, is not of a comparatively recent origin. It is, if not a necessary, at least an unavoidable growth on the tree of a the Xicolaites mentioned in the Apoc divine teaching authority, and is, in fact, a constant recurrence from the apostles down to our own days, from alypse to the Modernists who were condemned by Pope Pius X. Heresi archs may come and go their sys tems may thrive and dwindle their errors may be clearly exposed and thoroughly refuted, and yet heresy un der some form or other will still be with us. It should not, therefore, be a cause of surprise to hear that as early as the time of St. Augustine who died in the year 430 A. D., this great convert from heresy and great est of the doctors of the Church could enumerate eighty-eight heresies from Simon Magus, the contemporary of the apostles, to Pelagius, the last in line of the leaders of unorthodox thought. If heresies of all times have a fam ily likeness in this, that they are, one and all. a revolt of the intellect, they resemble each other likewise in the selection of their weapons, both offensive and defensive. From St. Augustine's words we may glean that the following are some of their favo rite arms and tactics. 1. Truth is no consideration, when there is question of scoring against their spiritual mother whom they have abandoned. 2. They will savagely attack 1he ical or imaginary evils of individual members of the Church, as though the Church herself were responsible for these. 3. At the same time they seem to be unaware of the fact that they them selves are living in glass houses. 4. They will furiously pillage Scripture oit its most violent invec tives against all that is vile and de testable, and hurl them insolently at the fair spouse of Christ. 5. To manufacture proofs for their own system, or to attach undue im portance to insignificant events, in or der to show forth their own righteous ness is not always below their sense of honor. 6. They do, indeed, wrest and twist the sacred text "to their own destruc tion" (2 Pet. 3:16), being either un able or unwilling to see the meaning of the Scriptures in its context and in its corporate unity, and, on the other hand, indulging freely in fanciful in terpretations of obscure passages. It goes without saying that these remarks do not apply to those who having received heresy as a sorrowful heirloom, live, deprived of their fam ily rights in the Church which is the house of God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1. Thn. 3:15) and yet. arc more Christian than sectarian, and attach themselves more to the truths which heresy has retained when it broke away than to the errors which it ttfeU ty graft ou tlw ancient §tock. THE CATHOLIC BULLETIN, MAY 1, 1920 FAMILY PRAYER. In the joint pastoral of the Bishops this passage occurs: "We heartily commend the beautiful practice of family prayer. 'Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.' If this is true of the faithful in general, it ap plies with particular meaning to those who are members of the same house hold. The presence of Jesus will surely be a source of blessing to the home where parents and children rnmmgmm Paid Advertisement- Prepared by the THE HOME AND COUNTRY LEAGUE,. E. H. DAVIDSON. Sec'v, #5 E. Fifth s Not unite to offer up prayer in common. The spirit of piety which this custom develops will sanctify the bonds of family love and ward off the dangers that so often bring sorrow and shame. We appeal in this matter with spe cial earnestness to young fathers and mothers, who have it in their power AND he Time has come when every American must take his stand for or against American principles. Labor and Capital are gradually drawing together. They are understanding each other better than ever before, and a spirit of conciliation is noticeable throughout the land. If Capital suddenly developed a spirit of overbearing autocracy, Labor would recoil and refuse to parley. On the other hand if Labor aligns itself with the sworn enemies of our government and country, if it sails under the socialist banner, it will be forced to capitulate when the pirate craft is sunk. Every decent man desires to see Labor receive all its rights, all that it can fairly ask no decent man will favor any system that is going to overturn the foundations of our consti tution. If you join a bush league you must expect to be con sidered a bush leaguer. Socialism got its way in Russia America is too precious to become another scene of soviet orgies. The old adage about Tell me your company, still holds good. POLITICS FAMILIES, Our Entire FUTURE is at Stake. IN ST. PAUL ELECTION MAY 4S St.. St, Paul. V to mould the hearts of their children and train them between times in the habit of prayer." The "special earn estness" of the Bishops in appealing needs to be seconded by "special earnestness" on the part of parents in responding to the appeal. How many have read the pastoral?